In Massachusetts, in addition to the three constitutional branches of state government — legislative, executive and judiciary — the legislature has established 56 independent authorities and agencies. These authorities and agencies have varying degrees of financial integration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts itself.
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.
Link to collection of Belmont Town Financial Documents.
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.
Letter to Bob Deleo, the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, outlining my state budget priorities.