The Massachusetts unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 15 years according to the latest state numbers. Yet in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Governor Charlie Baker cut nearly $100 million from the current budget, and 900 state employees take early retirement offers.
All of that is due to under-whelming revenue coming into state government, according to Matt Murphy of the State House News Service. In our weekly check in with Murphy on all things Beacon Hill, he said revenue growth is expected to remain slow. Democrats in the legislature are not counting out tax increases in the new year. Murphy says Governor Baker is not particularly interested in doing that, but could be open to some tax changes.
Also, a look at the legislature’s priorities in the new year. Murphy said lawmakers could pursue criminal justice reform and changes to the new marijuana legalization law. Plus, three outgoing state Senators say goodbye this week.
Click the audio player above to hear Henry Epp’s conversation with State House reporter Matt Murphy about the week ahead on Beacon Hill.