Oct 27, 2020

MA Budget Update

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic turmoil across the Commonwealth, the country and the globe, resulting in record levels of unemployment and shrinking tax revenues. In the spring, the Governor and the legislature agreed to take a “wait and see” approach to the FY21 budget, essentially putting the annual budget process on hold.  As a result of this decision, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed 2 interim budgets designed to fund state government through October 31. A third interim budget was passed yesterday to keep state government operating through November.
On October 14th, Governor Baker released a revised FY21 spending plan which actually increased spending over his original proposal, but also solved for approximately $3.6 billion in tax revenue reduction. Of note, Secretary of Administration and Finance Mike Heffernan said the Baker Administration anticipated no layoffs as a result of the updated budget proposal and called the measure a “stability budget.”
NAGE National President David J. Holway praised the Governor for his leadership on the budget and his efforts to preserve services and jobs. “We thank Governor Baker for his commitment to the state workforce and his efforts to ensure that the people of Massachusetts continue to have access to state services when they need them most.”
NAGE will continue to advocate on behalf of our members. The legislature is expected to review the Governor’s updated proposal in the next few weeks as they proceed with their own budget proposal for FY21… stay tuned.

10/28/20 State House News: Baker Outlines Vision for "Pretty Decent" FY22 Budget 

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