To some extent, the loss of people could cause efficiencies. "This could spur innovation within departments in terms of figuring out better ways to leverage technology," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
It’s good politics, but also good policy. In that quest, Baker has the blessing of Michael J. Widmer, the outgoing president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, who during his farewell gala speech took time to declare, “By the way, Charlie, I strongly agree with that proposal.”
Mr. Baker's budget blueprint does just that. The $38 billion plan increases spending by $1.1 billion, or about 3 percent. That is lower than the 4.5 percent increase in state revenues that the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation expects the state will see in fiscal 2016.