Andrew Bagley, the vice president for policy and research at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, says what’s happened to the state’s stabilization fund over the last four years is troubling. “This trend is worrying due to the state’s reliance on one-time revenues in the middle of an economic recovery,” he said in an emailed statement.
What we’re now beginning to see is the constraints on the state’s capital spending,” said Andy Bagley, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “We have enormous infrastructure needs, and this is a clear signal that we don’t currently have the resources needed,” he said. “We’re going to have to start making very difficult decisions.”
“I do know many moons ago I was a staffer at the State House, and the Legislature does ask for guidance from the courts from time to time,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “You have two equal branches from the Legislature that have a difference of opinion on a pretty important issue and probably a precedent-setting issue.”