The Network is in support of this statement from MA Budget:

Statement on Proposed 1/12th Budget, H4806

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), in response to H4806, “An Act making certain appropriations for fiscal year 2021 before final action on the General Appropriation Bill,” filed June 19, 2020 by Governor Charles D. Baker 

“On Friday, Governor Baker filed what is known as a ‘1/12th budget’ to keep our state running for the first month of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which begins next week on July 1. The bill is now before the House Ways & Means Committee.

Lawmakers have understandably needed more time to build the state budget for FY 2021 but, we do not have the luxury of time.
Many school districts and municipalities have already had to make tough decisions by laying off and furloughing educators. It is vital for lawmakers to continue communicatingabout their next steps for the budget process and funding levels.

We can avoid austerity. To prevent deep cuts that will be most harmful to our communities of color, immigrants, and low-income families, lawmakers can raise progressive revenue that ask wealthy households and profitable corporations to contribute their fair share.”

For more information on 1/12th budgets, read our “Seven Questions” brief.

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