CLT News Release
Friday, February 6, 2015

Baker Plan to address Deval Patrickís budget gap


Contact: Barbara Anderson

CLT applauds Gov. Bakerís gentlemanly declining to mention the former governor by name as he addresses his leaving a huge budget gap for this fiscal year Ė and weíre grateful that we have no such need to appear nice. Deval Patrick left a huge deficit, and that, along with a long list of scandals, is his legacy. Too bad, because he started out okay when he addressed municipal employee benefits.

We support Gov. Bakerís priorities in spending cuts, to address the short-term problem. We expect he is planning savings from genuine reform for his own budget this spring, as Bill Weld did when he inherited the Dukakis fiscal crisis. This is an exciting time for us; looking forward to Massachusetts being led to becoming great, or at least effective. And how nice to see something from the governorís office at long last that doesnít include tax hikes.

We hear the criticism of candidate Charlie Bakerís support for the initiative petition outlawing automatic gas tax hikes, while he now faces the problems with the MBTA. We would remind everyone that the previous gas tax hikes, along with the Legislature making extraordinary efforts to fund the T, didnít get the job done and wonít until someone takes control of the T budget. Deval Patrick didnít do that. We expect Charlie Baker will. His non-partisan choices of people to address the commonwealthís many problems looks like a good move to non-partisan us.




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