State Budget

Working alongside Republican and Democratic colleagues, Barbara faced the challenge of balancing and writing a state budget.
While the state copes with challenging economic times, it was extremely important to Barbara that a budget was delivered that was balanced and on-time and that it did the least harm to education funding, local aid, and some of the state’s most important programs to assist the elderly and disabled.  She worked with members of both parties to meet their concerns and work out a compromise that funded essential programs while balancing the budget.

FY11 Budget (Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2010)

  • On-time, balanced budget
  • Restaurant Rejuvenation – allows restaurants to start serving alcohol at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday
  • $12.5 million to the Workforce Training Fund which provides employers with grants aimed at educating and training existing members of the workforce and new hires
  • 7 year extension of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program which provides tax incentives to developers who rehabilitate, reuse and revitalize historic properties, often creating quality affordable and market rate housing, community centers, retail and office space, and performing arts venues
  • Budget Openness
    • Increases the openness and accessibility of the budget process
    • Establishment of a searchable, online database in the House FY11 budget proposal
    • Requiring the public disclosure of the results of certain tax credit programs
    • Including tax credits within the definition of “state awards” that are posted in the online budget database established by the FY11 House budget proposal
    • Requires notice of committee hearings to be posted on the internet

FY10 Budget (Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009)

  • Passed on-time and in balance, the FY10 budget reflected the priorities of the people of Massachusetts.
  • Facing the worst economic downturn in a generation, the Legislature put forth a budget that drastically cut state spending while protecting the vital programs and services.
  • The budget contained transportation funding sources necessary to stop toll increases and provide a much needed fiscal boost to the MBTA