massachusetts budget


   The $42 billion budget passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and sitting on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk contains many earmarks for projects and programs in western Massachusetts.

    Massachusetts state lawmakers this week passed a budget that increased funding for the agencies that provide public bus service outside greater Boston.   But it may not be enough to prevent cuts to some of that service.  

This is a picture of the inside of the Massachusetts State House

Eighteen days into the state's new fiscal year, lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $41.9 billion budget, breaking an impasse that has left Massachusetts the only U.S. state without a permanent spending plan.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield

   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

The Massachusetts State House
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      The Massachusetts House will begin debate next Monday on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. 

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Field hearings on the Massachusetts state budget were held Monday at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. 

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $41 billion budget proposal today, beginning a process to have a spending plan in place for the state for the fiscal year starting July 1st.  As always, one of the big unknowns is how much money will the state actually collect to balance the books.


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivered this third State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.

The Massachusetts House and Senate have passed a compromise $40.2 billion state budget.

House lawmakers on Beacon Hill hold discussions in the coming week on a proposed state budget totaling more than $40 billion.

UMass President Marty Meehan speaking from a podium
University of Massachusetts

  University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan delivered an inaugural state of the university address Monday evening highlighting the public university’s importance to the state’s economy and pledging support for its international scholars. 

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

A Beacon Hill watchdog group is sounding an alarm about Massachusetts’ so-called “rainy day fund.”   A new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation warns the stabilization fund has been spent down considerably over the last three fiscal years to pay for ordinary expenses in the state budget.

Foundation President Eileen McAnneny talked about the report with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

A spokesman for Governor Charlie Baker and a spokesman for Senate President Stan Rosenberg said they would review the taxpayer foundation’s report.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a compromise $38.1 billion budget and sent it along to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

The spending plan includes measures aimed at strengthening management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and requiring lawmakers to sign off before public money could be spent on a potential 2024 Olympics in Boston.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

A state budget agreement has been reached on Beacon Hill, one week into the new fiscal year in Massachusetts.  Votes are scheduled this afternoon in the House and Senate on a $38.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2016.  

Governor Charlie Baker will have 10 days to act on the budget. He can sign it, or veto all or parts of the budget.

State Representative Stephen Kulik of Worthington is part of the six-member conference committee that produced the final budget deal Tuesday night.  He spoke this morning with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.


As the Massachusetts House begins debate today on a proposed $38 billion state budget, advocates for homeless individuals are lobbying for more funding.  The major service provider for the homeless in western Massachusetts says it is being shortchanged because the state money is not equitably distributed.  

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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.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

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.

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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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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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. 

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

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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.


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.

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.

Massachusetts legislators begin a series of public hearings around the state Wednesday on Governor Patrick’s proposed $34.8 billion state budget.