budget

Center: FY18 budget gap $615.7m

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates the state’s funding gap for the coming fiscal year will be $615.7 million and recommends two policy changes to introduce greater transparency into the budget-writing process. The gap, as the left-leaning center explains in a new policy brief, is essentially the difference between forecasted revenues and expenses but(...)

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Baker’s budget balance

Baker’s budget balance

Governor shows a deft hand for give and take

IF THERE IS a punching bag in state government, it is the Governor’s Council. Derided as an anachronistic holdover from colonial days, the eight-member body’s main job is to confirm judicial appointments, a role some have suggested the state Senate could play. The elected council, which meets just one day per week, has been called(...)

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