Gov. Charlie Baker discusses budget with state leaders


Governor Charlie Baker last week signed nearly three dozen bills into law authorizing a few changes to western Massachusetts. 

On Wednesday, the Governor signed 32 bills that the Legislature sent to his desk prior to the end of the 2017-2018 session. 

Many of those bills granted additional liquor licenses or updated civil service laws, but a few of them will result in changes made to the western part of the state. 

The governor approved upgrades to the Springfield Technology Park, as well as establishing the appointment of a tax collector and treasurer in the town of Hadley. Up until now, the Hadley tax collector and town treasurer were elected positions. 

Baker was joined by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Monday for a news conference focused on the status of the governor’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal. 

None of the bills signed last week will result in any new or higher taxes, a platform Gov. Baker has run on since 2014. 

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said it’s too early in the budget process to tell if the state will need any additional revenue, but he, too, is typically opposed to raising taxes. 

Senate President Karen Spilka said she’s willing to look at all options before deciding on any revenue questions. 

State tax revenues came in $575 million short for the month of December.

Gov. Baker said he will be taking a look at budget recommendations before submitting his proposal at the end of the month.

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