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.
The Governor’s budget honors the commitments made two years ago to continued growth in Chapter 70, including bringing all communities up to at least 17.5% of the foundation budget over a five year period, but it level funds additional assistance and it cuts lottery aid by 13.3%. The budget proposes to replace the 13.3% lottery aid cut with casino revenue.
The House budget is similar to the Governor’s budget – lean, with no radical changes in program priorities. However, it makes a more generous allocation to local education aid (while using a different formula for Chapter 70) and it draws on reserves rather than assuming an increase in corporate taxes through loophole closing.
The resolution will provide a substantially greater increase in Chapter 70
Aid than the Governor’s budget — $220 milliion instead of $200 million.
Analysis for Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge with links to primary sources.