Mary Tittmann is Vice-President at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. She also oversees organizational outreach and focuses on environmental and housing issues in the state budget.
Before joining MassBudget Mary worked with State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios first as his legislative director and then as chief of staff. Mary came to Beacon Hill through her work in local politics in Cambridge. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Mary worked for the Economic Development Commission in the City of Chicago and spent ten years working on Capitol Hill in the US House of Representatives and the Office of Technology Assessment.
She has volunteered on numerous state and local political campaigns, helped found a parent’s group for the city’s public schools Cambridge United for Education, and served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Association. Mary has a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Chicago.
Following two years in which the state budget was cut deeply and taxes were increased to address substantial budget deficits, the Governor’s FY 2011 budget recommends additional cuts, suggests modest revenue increases, and relies heavily on assistance from the federal government.
The balance in the state’s Stabilization Fund has varied over the past 10 years. The Stabilization Fund–often referred to as the “Rainy Day Fund”–is a cushion for when the economy turns down. It is like a savings account for the state to turn to when there is not enough money in the General Fund (the “checking account”) to fund the state’s operations.