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Arciero Says State Budget Is Still A Long Process

State Representative James Arciero says that Governor Deval Patrick's proposed budget released last week is only the first step in a long process, and that the numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.

 

Last week, Governor Patrick released a $34.8 billion proposal for the state budget, Westford's representative in Boston is saying that number might change before all is said and done.

Calling it "the first quarter of a four quarter game," State Representative James Arciero is urging community leaders and his constituents in Littleton, Westford and Precincts 5,7 and 8 in Chelmsford to note that total amount may change during the legislative process that will result in a final budget.

Patrick's proposal, also known as House Bill 1, proposes revenue shifts to add $553 in new K-12 education funding, $269 million for transportation needs, $152 million for college affordability and $226 more for Chapter 70 local aid funding.

"I'm not convinced that such increases will survive the process, as they are predicated on tax increases that may not come to pass, as several have been rejected in the past," said Arciero.

Arciero also noted that if passed, the proposal would be the largest tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth.

"This will certainly be a hard pill to swallow for many Massachusetts citizens who are still trying to recover as the state slowly comes out of a five year recession," he said.

The Governor's proposed budget now heads to the House Ways and Means Committee, who will examine the budget before moving a recommendation to the full house, likely sometime in the spring.

Chris Daley January 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
As always the eyes are bigger than the stomach. $4 billion for NEW rail extensions to Fall River, Springfield, Pittsfield and Hyannis will not be worth the cramps. Green Line should be fixed in its present form, before any extension. The I-93/I-95 (128) Woburn interchange does not need to be replaced, nor a new Wilmington interchange on I-93 needed. All the reconstruction headaches not worth the high calories. Why not teach people HOW TO DRIVE PRESENT EXISTING ROADS? Any tax on mileage driven is an invasion of personal liberties, unlike a primary seat belt law which should be enacted. No cell phone use in traffic, period! Gas tax increase probably the only fair cure for the driving illness, because those who don't drive shouldn't have to pay for roads. Sales/income tax increases on the working class sounds like a broken promise to me! Punish speeders, drunks and aggressive drivers w higher fines? Enforce our laws instead of double standards. The cures are worse than the disease; trim the fat and unnecessary projects; fix local townie roads instead! How about a brand new parallel bridge at Sagamore/US 6 onto the Cape? That is a primary welcome point in the state tourism network. Contractors for Big Dig can help pay for their rust.

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