News reports of yesterday’s closed-door house caucus — to the effect that cuts of roughly 5% in local aid are likely — are correct.
Yesterday the House Ways and Means Chair presented an analysis to House Democrats. The bottom line of that analysis was that if we keep local aid entirely harmless, the adjustable portions of the state budget — lifeline human services, parks, roads, courts, prisons, etc. would have to take a cut on the order of fifteen percent. That doesn’t seem feasible and so there is likely to be some sharing of the pain.
The power point from the meeting can be viewed here.
The caucus also was an opportunity for members to air differences regarding municipal health insurance — there were a wide range of views, but an increasing sense that if we are going to limit local aid, we are going to need to help municipalities on the cost side.