Concerns over underfunded education in Baker’s $42.7B spending plan

Massachusetts

Members of the state legislature began reviewing Governor Baker’s budget proposal Tuesday.

A committee of members from both the House and Senate reviewed the Governor Charlie Baker’s Fiscal 2020 budget proposal Tuesday and they couldn’t seem to agree with his recommendations in several key areas.

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means held it’s first hearing of the session to discuss how to spend the $42.7 billion state budget. 

Committee members heard testimony from officials in the Baker Administration who emphasized the importance of adequately funding things like education, transportation, and local aid.

One of the areas of contention in the governor’s budget proposal had to do with a $1.1 billion education plan. A coalition of bipartisan legislators applauded the governor’s work to change the state’s education funding formula, but they still gave his plan a C+ grade.

Several members expressed concerns that education would continue to be underfunded in the Commonwealth if more money wasn’t appropriated this session. 

The joint committee didn’t vote on any changes to the governor’s budget, instead, they used Tuesday’s hearing as an opportunity to review and ask questions before submitting their own funding proposals. 

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