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Report Puts Massachusetts State Budget Gap At $900 Million

Massachusetts State House

After back-to-back years of $1 billion state budget surpluses, policy makers on Beacon Hill may be in for a jolt.

An analysis from a government watchdog group said Massachusetts is facing slower revenue growth and rising costs including the massive education reform law.

It adds up to a projected $880 million gap between anticipated revenue and required spending in the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st, according to the report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Heath Fahle, the foundation’s policy director and author of the report.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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