massachusetts budget

New England News
8:04 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Sen. Downing Reviewing Baker's Budget, Eye On Health Services

Senator Ben Downing, right, speaks to media in North Adams in 2014.
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Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing says he looking into how Governor Charlie Baker is proposing to close a $1.8 billion budget shortfall with savings in the state’s health program. The Pittsfield Democrat is keeping an eye out for any area impacts following last year’s closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Close Massachusetts Budget Gap

Massachusetts State House
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A day after the Massachusetts House approved a bill to close a projected $768 million state budget shortfall, the Massachusetts Senate quickly followed suit. The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday.

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New England News
5:18 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Massachusetts House OKs Budget Gap Fix

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The Democratic-controlled Massachusetts House has approved a plan aimed at closing a state budget shortfall that Republican Governor Charlie Baker has estimated at $768 million.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Mass. Lawmakers To Review Gov. Baker's Proposed Budget Cuts

Mass. Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has outlined more than $500 million in cuts the Republican believes will help close a $768 million budget gap. The Democratic Senate plans to drill down on those recommendations.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Western Mass. Lawmakers Weigh In On State Budget Gap

Massachusetts State House
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Governor Charlie Baker says an agency-by-agency review has found a mid-fiscal year budget gap totaling $765 million, but is yet to detail exactly how he will address it. 

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New England News
12:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Baker Says Massachusetts Faces Large Budget Gap

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the state is facing a significant mid-fiscal year budget gap.  The announcement raises the likelihood of cuts to state services as the Republican governor begins his term.

        Baker said an agency-by-agency analysis has led his administration to calculate the state is facing a budget deficit of $765 million. He vowed Tuesday to work with his cabinet and the Democratic leadership of the state legislature to quickly fix the problem.

      Baker claims the shortfall is a result of the state spending too much.

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New England News
10:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Baker: Massachusetts Facing $765 Milion Deficit

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Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is facing a $765 million budget deficit.

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New England News
5:32 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Baker Orders Hiring Freeze, Agency Reviews To Help Close Budget Gap

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced his first steps toward closing a budget gap he believes exceeds a half billion dollars.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets

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15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget

Discussion over the proper size for Massachusetts’ budget continues as supporters of Governor Deval Patrick’s intention to raise revenues rallied in Boston Tuesday. But House legislators and other groups are advocating for a smaller tax package.

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