Lawmakers react to Governor Baker’s budget proposal

Boston Statehouse

Just two days after Governor Charlie Baker announced his $42.7 billion budget proposal, elected officials are looking for more funding in several key areas. 

Holyoke State Representative Anthoney Vega joined education advocates on Wednesday to call for more education funding. 

The governor included a $1.1 billion education plan in his budget proposal, but the “Fund our Future Coalition” gave that figure a C+.

Members of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council also took issue with the governor’s proposal. They said, once again,  he’s underfunded Medicare plans for low-income seniors. 

House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a positive spin, “But, I will say this, I think what’s good about it is the fact that in this session we have the Governor, the Senate President, myself, or the House and Senate I should say all working towards a goal to get something done.”

Next, Baker’s proposal goes to the House Ways and Means Committee, which currently has no chairperson to oversee the budget review process.  

Speaker DeLeo said he expects to appoint a ways-and-means chair in the next two or three weeks. 

Once the committee comes to an agreement on the funding proposal it will go up for a full vote in the House. 

That process starts all over again once the budget goes to the Senate.

Several lawmakers called the governor’s budget proposal fiscally responsible, but it could look very different if changes are made in either the House or the Senate.

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