Senate president says ‘quite a bit’ may need to be cut from state budget [with video]

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A week after Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration disclosed that revenue forecasts for next year could be deeply overstated, budget leaders Monday, June 20, appeared no closer than last week on a plan to address the gap and continued to pledge cooperation across the branches and with the administration.

Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, suggested the budgets produced this year by the House and Senate, both totaling roughly $39.5 billion, may require “quite a bit” of spending to be trimmed from their bottom lines.

Video: State House leaders talk budget

While it appears state leaders are working across the aisle on a potential single plan to address the problem, the plan to address the gap so far can best be characterized by what leaders hope to protect, rather than where they plan to cut.

Local aid, substance abuse prevention and early education funding would all be “very difficult to try to cut,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said.

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