July 18, 2017
BOSTON, MA: The Massachusetts legislature is expected to reverse at least some of the $320 million in spending cuts made by Governor Charlie Baker to the FY18 state budget, including over $1 million that had been secured for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District.
The Republican governor vetoed $1,063,000 from the state budget that had been on its way to the district for public schools, public safety, economic development, and more. Additionally, Baker is threatening further cuts if the legislature does not accept a MassHealth savings plan that would bump 140,000 low-income people from Medicaid.
“It’s frustrating, but I can’t say I’m surprised,” said State Senator Barbara L’Italien, who represents Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury. “We see this year after year from Baker. It is difficult to fathom why a Governor who claims to champion economic development, education, and public safety would then turn around and veto funding for these very programs. In my district, the targets of the Governor’s vetoes include schools, hospitals, and local economic development programs. It’s a difficult budget year, but that’s never an excuse to abandon those most in need. I will be working hard to restore these cuts and oppose Baker’s Trumpcare-light healthcare plan to hurt the working poor.”