Governor Baker Signs Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Governor Charlie Baker signed the Fiscal Year 2016 budget into law, reflecting the administration’s priorities for responsible, smarter government and better communities, schools and jobs for Massachusetts. The $38.117 billion spending plan, which holds growth to a responsible 3% over the previous fiscal year, solves a $1.8 billion structural deficit without new taxes, makes critical investments in local aid, education and transportation, and gives the administration many new tools to fix the troubled MBTA including the creation of the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board and the three-year suspension of the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law.
Baker-Polito Administration Releases FY16 Capital Budget Plan Investing Over $2.125B in Communities, Infrastructure, Economic Development
The Baker-Polito administration released the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) capital budget, including a $2.125 billion bond cap on General Obligation Bonds, the same level as Fiscal Year 2015, and an accompanying spending plan that invests in communities by budgeting for Chapter 90 transportation funding, extends the Accelerated Bridge Program, makes critical investments in economic development and devotes significant funds toward fixing and maintaining state assets. Read more of the press release
Regulatory Pause Remains in Effect; Governor Signs Executive Order to Initiate Regulatory Reform Review
The regulatory pause on the filing of new regulations issued on January 15, 2015 remains in effect.
On March 31, 2015, Governor Baker signed Executive Order 562 initiating a year-long, comprehensive review process for all regulations enforced by the Executive Department. The goal behind this reform review is to modernize and simplify the Commonwealth’s regulations to increase efficiency and competitiveness.
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Interim Hiring Controls Policy Issued
It is critical that the Commonwealth takes immediate action to control spending as we continue to refine the size of the current budget gap and consider options to close the gap. As a result, it is necessary to implement a hiring freeze for all Executive Branch agencies. Certain positions critical for public health, direct care, public safety, returns from leave and those deemed necessary to be filled as part of the normal course of transition will be exempted from this freeze.
Please see the Interim Hiring Controls Policy from the Chief Human Resources Officer, Paul Dietl, for further information about this policy.
Review of Contracts, Contract Amendments, and Grants Underway
Given the current budgetary challenges, we are evaluating all spending. As such, we are requesting a thorough review of all contractual obligations entered into by executive agencies over the last several months. Each Cabinet Secretary is being asked to review all new contracts, contract amendments, and grants authorized by their agencies since October 1, 2014. The primary purpose of this review is to identify new contractual obligations entered into by the Commonwealth and to assess if this new spending is directly related to the delivery of the agency’s core mission, essential to the operation of government, and affordable.