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Only days after being named the best state to live in, tax revenues showed little connection. Governor Baker answered questions of how this could be in a blue state with a Republican governor. He pointed toward education and a diverse economy as well as cooperation between branches of government. His enthusiasm would be tempered by disappointing revenues in February. He had predicted this when he made mid-year cuts to the budget. Legislative leaders thought that premature and we're looking to restore some of the cuts. These results put at least a hold and maybe a stop to those thoughts.
February revenues were $1.17 billion which was $117 million below benchmark or 9.1%. Eight months into the fiscal year has revenues at$15.85 billion of $134 million or 1%. The final four months generally produce 40% of annual revenues. With all categories down in February, March will be vital to righting the ship.
On another note, the legislative committees have been named with hearings to begin shortly. Senator Timilty continues double duty chairing both Public Service and Public Safety. He will again be joined by Representative Naughton at Public Safety and Representative Parisella who moves from Veterans Affairs to Public Service. We look forward to working with the committee in the upcoming session.
UPDATE: March 22, 2017
Supplemental Budget Would Increase LOD Death Benefit
When the House meets later this afternoon to act on a mid-year spending bill, they will be considering a section that would increase the state line of duty death benefit from $150k to 300k. This is a one-time payment made to families of public safety officials that make the ultimate sacrifice. We worked in the last session to increase the benefit and are happy to see it done as part of the budget. Families would also be eligible for federal benefits.
Another positive can be found in the mid-March revenue numbers. After several months of missing benchmark, revenues through the first half of March are up 9.8% or $124 million. Year to date collections stand at $17.23 billion. This helps close some of the budget gap that caused mid-year cuts. We will watch for the final numbers.
UPDATE: April 6, 2017
Revenues Fall As House Prepares Budget From Executive Director Jim Machado
After promising mid month revenues, March could not deliver. Even with revenues of $2.28 billion for the month there was an $81 million miss against benchmark. This means that with only three months left in the fiscal year there is a. $220 million shortfall. With April collection usually amounting for 12% of annual revenues, a miss would surely mean emergency cuts.
All this serves a the backdrop as the House prepares the release of their fiscal 18 budget next week. We believe that will be based on a 3.5% increase in revenues. A miss for the remainder of the year would jeopardize those projections. All this with an unemployment rate in the mid 3% range. Sales and corporate tax seem to be the most responsible for the shortfall.
On the legislative front, Governor Baker has again filed a bill that would increase the penalty for assaulting police. This same bill filed large last session never received a vote. We will be working with the administration in hopes of its passage.
Finally, labor lost one of its greatest advocates with the passing of Senator Ken Donnelly. A past legislator of the year and former secretary-treasurer of the PFFM, Senator Donnelly fought valiantly against brain cancer for the last eight months. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
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