BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker cut $98 million from the nearly $40 billion state budget on Tuesday. He said it’s all in an effort to balance the budget at a time when tax collections are coming in short of expectations.
State Representative Donald Wong told 22News that “by making these cuts now, even though we don’t want to, we’ll be ahead of the game instead of if we spend more than we are going to collect. Then we’ll be behind the eight ball.”
Several programs and services took a hit. State funding for health care, the State Police Department, homeless shelters and suicide prevention were eliminated. House Speaker Robert DeLeo took to Twitter, writing that some of these programs support the neediest Massachusetts residents.
Legislative leaders are exploring ways to put some of that money back into the budget. That could happen as early as next week.