Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Governor’s FY 2022 Proposal: Short-Sighted Recovery Budget Leaves Opportunity to Chance for K-12, Transportation & More

massstatehouse
 
“The Baker Administration’s budget proposal for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 fails to make the level of investments needed to advance racial and economic equity. Our budgets must be antiracist and provide stable housing, quality education, food security, community well-being, health, and economic opportunity for all. This budget does not achieve that vision.
 
1.5 million Massachusetts adults in early January said they are having at least some difficulty paying for usual household expenses, like rent or utilities. The Baker Administration is taking a risk by relying on one-time federal funds to address a housing crisis that existed before COVID, but has been made more acute by the pandemic.
 
In K-12 schools, last year’s delays to implementation of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) has left our school districts lacking desperately needed funds. While it is commendable that the Governor is making some progress on the SOA, we’ve still lost one year out of the seven that we won’t get back — catching up means doing one-sixth of the SOA. After a year of unpredictability, students need us to deliver on our promises.
 
The proposal excludes any substantial new revenue, running counter to public opinion showing a majority of Massachusetts voters saying they want us to raise taxes on the wealthiest and profitable corporations. Not raising progressive revenue at this time shortchanges essential programs such as K-12 education and transportation, at the time of greatest need. Using federal dollars and Rainy Day Funds are all acceptable maneuvers to balance a strained budget, but more is required if we are to build an equitable recovery that benefits everyone.”

Related

Making sense of the state budget, taxes, and the Governor’s FY22 proposal

MassBudget welcomed our new and returning Massachusetts legislators and their staff with an overview of the state budget and taxes, as well as a briefing on the Governor’s FY 2022 budget proposal. Re-watch the briefing here.

Read More →

MassBudget elects civic leaders, Segun Idowu and Imari K. Paris Jeffries, to its Board to advance antiracist policy in the Commonwealth

For Immediate Release Contact: Reginauld Williams, Communications Director 617-426-1228, x 102, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON — February 22, 2021 — The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a …

Read More →

Testimony before the Health Equity Task Force on the importance of work and family mobility for all, regardless of immigrant status

Testimony by Monique Ching, Senior Policy Analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, for the Health Equity Task Force public hearing on February 8, …

Read More →
Scroll to Top

Get news from Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in your inbox.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, 1 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109, http://www.massbudget.org. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact