Mid-year budget cuts and who will be impacted

Budget writers have identified a nearly $300-million-dollar budget deficit for the fiscal year

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker’s administration is preparing for mid-year budget cuts and it’s been a disappointing year for tax collections.

The Baker administration is moving forward with spending cuts to balance the budget. State budget writers have identified a nearly $300-million-dollar budget deficit for the fiscal year that began in July.

Governor Charlie Baker plans to bring the budget into balance by reducing spending in the Executive Branch by about one-percent.

Exactly which agencies would be impacted has yet to be determined. The state is dealing with a shortage of tax revenues, especially from state sales tax collections. Governor Charlie Baker said mid-year spending cuts could’ve been avoided had state lawmakers kept his budget vetoes in place.

Governor Charlie Baker, “The legislature overrode the vast majority of those vetoes which we said at the time, we believe would create a deficit.”

The administration said unrestricted local aid to cities and towns and funding for the Department of Children and Families will be spared from the budget cuts.

We’ll continue to follow this story.

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