Truth in budgeting easier said than done

Jul 17 2008

By Jack Spillane, South Coast News

Mike Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the governor may have to look to local aid because the budget he signed Sunday is already "at least $1 billion" out of balance. The governor and Legislature are making up the difference by spending down about a quarter of the rainy day fund.

The other areas of the state budget where the Patrick administration is seeking emergency cutting powers - the judiciary budget and the budget for state constitutional offices like treasurer or secretary state - do not contain the big dollars that local aid does, Mr. Widmer said.

"Local aid is the big one. I presume that's what's on their mind," he said.

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