Gov. Baker holding back on potential cuts to state’s budget

Baker Administration hopes buyout package offers will close the state's spending gap.

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Baker Administration won’t be making any budget cuts for the time being. If the state comes up short on operating funds, Governor Charlie Baker has the power to cut spending across the Executive Branch. That would include state agencies, like Health and Human Services and the Department of Children and Families.

Governor Baker’s administration announced this week that, as of right now, they won’t have to make any budget cuts to close what they believe to be a $294 million spending gap. Tax collections are coming in below expectations, especially state sales taxes.

The Baker Administration is looking at ways to cut back on spending. They’re turning to employee buyouts that could lead to $25 million in payroll savings. Roughly 42,000 employees have until November 14th to apply for the program.

Budget writers are also claiming higher federal reimbursements in an effort to avoid budget cuts. The Baker Administration didn’t rule out budget cuts or layoffs in the future.