SENATE BUDGET CHIEF AGREES DEMS SHOULD WAIT ON TAXES
By Chris Lisinski
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 9, 2019.....Democratic leaders in both branches are now saying its unlikely the Legislature will pursue substantial new revenue proposals as part of next year's state budget, with Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues on Tuesday joining House Speaker Robert DeLeo in suggesting that those discussions should be postponed until later in the year.
Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues (left) said Tuesday that there isn't time to tackle taxes in the fiscal 2020 budget. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2019]
DeLeo said Monday that the House's fiscal year 2020 budget set to be unveiled this week would not include significant new taxes or fees and that "further action" on revenue proposals would come instead later this year. Rodrigues echoed that approach on Tuesday, saying he is "not anxious to jump into the revenue discussion at this time" - even as Senate President Karen Spilka said the decision has not been made.
"We're not going to have time to get it done for this budget," Rodrigues told the News Service on Tuesday. "We're just not going to pull taxes out of thin air and increase them. We really need a holistic approach at taxes, at our tax code. There won't be any major changes to the tax code in the budget. We just don't have time."
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