There is a consensus among the state’s leaders on three major points: The electorate will not take kindly to any broad-based new taxes, at least not unless we decisively curb practices perceived as abusive – unreasonable pension deals, overuse of police details, etc. Second, we need to find a way to control health care costs. Third, many legitimate state needs are unmet.
March 12, 2009, the House voted to match the local aid levels proposed in the Governor’s budget — relatively substantial overall increases in Chapter 70 and a protection of municipalities from a shortfall in the lottery fund.
Today or possibly tomorrow the House will vote a local aid resolution which gives the Chapter 70 increases promised in the Governor’s budget and holds Lottery and Addtional Assistance level without making them contingent on casino revenues.
At a State House press conference today, the House leadership team announced the broad parameters of its approach to balancing the FY09 budget.
Letter to Bob Deleo, the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, outlining my state budget priorities.
Attention, sports fans: After the Super Bowl and Super Tuesday, the game to watch will not be “the Speaker vs. the Governor.” Taking nothing away from the Celtics, the real game to watch will be the economy.