From State House News Service
ON THE AGENDA
- Baker’s $98 million move rankles State House leaders
- Keefe, area legislators denounce governor’s broad budget cuts
- Legal marijuana on tap this week as votes are ready for certification
- McGovern gets down to business in Boston
- DeLeo signs off on new Red Sox ace Chris Sale
TOP OF THE HILL
Baker’s budget ax grinds DeLeo’s gears
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and his band of not-so-merry Democrats tiptoed out on a limb last week made of brittle budget projections and the hopes of a snowless, crimeless, healthy winter full of Main Street shopping and large bonus checks.
Underneath, Gov. Charlie Baker sat with his calculator banking on the branch to crack.
Baker warmed an otherwise mild political off-season last Tuesday when he announced he would use his executive authority to trim $98 million from the state’s $39.25 billion state budget, a rather modest sum until lawmakers began to see where he applied his X-Acto knife.
From the governor’s perch, he decided he had seen enough of yo-yoing revenue reports — including a disappointing November — that had tax collections up one month and down the next. Rather than wait to see what December or January brings, he started paring back spending immediately.
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