House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) released the following statement regarding Governor Charlie Baker’s proposed state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 and accompanying legislation that was filed today to establish an Early Retirement Incentive Program and provide an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit:
applaud Governor Baker for delivering a state budget that recognizes the
significant fiscal challenges the Commonwealth is facing, but does so in a way
that is responsible, transparent and sustainable.
proposal released today increases state spending at a rate of 3 percent, which
is well below the projected revenue growth of 4.8 percent, while holding the
line on new taxes and fees and avoiding any draw down from the state’s Rainy
Day Fund. It also sets clear priorities, beginning with a commitment to
local aid in the form of a $105 million increase in Chapter 70 education
funding and an additional $34 million in Unrestricted General Government Aid
for our cities and towns.
Baker inherited a sizable deficit from the previous administration, but he has
risen to the challenge by forging ahead with a creative budget plan and
accompanying legislation that seeks to addresses a myriad of key issues
including ongoing service problems at the MBTA, slowing the growth of Medicaid,
and providing much-needed relief to working families by doubling the Earned
Income Tax Credit over a three-year period. I look forward to working
with my colleagues in the House Caucus to ensure that Governor Baker’s
initiatives are fairly considered as components of the House budget in the
weeks and months ahead."