BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Baker filed his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023 Wednesday.
This is the last state budget that Governor Baker will have his hands on – so he’s using this opportunity to push for tax breaks and fiscal responsibility.
In the Governor’s $48.5 billion spending proposal, he wants to invest in schools, MassHealth and transitional assistance, to name a few. Baker’s budget proposal would also give more than $700 million in tax breaks to low income seniors as well as low income families.
“These changes would help people save money on housing and childcare costs and provide relief for some of our lowest income residents,” said Governor Baker.
Another spending priority that the Baker Administration highlighted was domestic violence prevention, an issue that Lt. Governor Karen Polito has been leading the charge on, “We expanded our efforts in this area, the expansion and promotion of the statewide 24/7 domestic violence hotline, also known as safe link.”
This session, the Baker Administration also filed outside sections of the budget that have previously failed to pass through the legislature, including proposals to allow lottery products to be purchased with debit cards and to allow MassHealth to directly negotiate drug pricing. The negotiation process on a plan like this is very long and likely won’t be settled for months. The Baker administration said they look forward to working with the legislature to get some of this stuff done.