Legislative Leaders Eye Restoration of Baker Budget Cuts

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Legislative leaders say they might try to restore some of the nearly $100 million cut from the state budget by Gov. Charlie Baker.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said on Twitter Wednesday that lawmakers are considering filing a supplemental spending bill next month that would “help the neediest among us.” Senate President Stan Rosenberg said in response to DeLeo’s post that he looked forward to working with the speaker to restore funding to programs.

Baker, a Republican, announced plans Tuesday to unilaterally reduce executive branch spending by $98 million. He cited a shortfall in the state’s nearly $40 billion budget caused by lower-than-expected revenues and unforeseen spending obligations.

DeLeo, who called the cuts “premature,” said a decision to seek restoration of the funding would depend on how revenues perform in December.

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