MA Cities and Towns Address Budget Cuts

Cities and towns across Massachusetts are contemplating lay-offs, program cuts and other measures to deal with 128 million dollars in mid-year cuts to local aid made official Wednesday by Governor Deval Patrick. He also announced further cuts in his plan for the next fiscal year, which begins July first. WFCR’s Tina Antolini reports.

Budget Woes in Massachusetts

We’re just a few days into the new calendar year, but fiscal year 2009 is already half-over. It started last July first. And with a state budget that officials say is as much as a billion dollars out of balance, decisions about where to make cuts will be twice as difficult, because half the year is already gone. Michael Widmer heads the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-supported, non-partisan group. He says with half the budget untouchable, because the spending is mandated by law or the state constitution, there will be no easy place for Governor Patrick to make cuts…