Baker's Surplus Undercuts Dems' Desperate Urge To Hike Taxes

BOSTON -- Democrats' desperate arguments for new taxes were severely undercut with last week's news that the Baker-Polito team's pro-growth policies and fiscally disciplined budgeting have led to a significant surplus for this year's budget.

"Democrats started the session by jacking up their own salaries and then proceeded to pin their entire vision to an unconstitutional tax increase," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Now, Governor Baker's strong economy and smart budgeting have led to a massive surplus, and it's clear to taxpayers that Democrats have no vision for the future. Democrats need to move past their obsession with tax hikes and pay raises for politicians, and join the Governor's fiscally disciplined, pro-growth approach."


Despite Democrats' desperate calls for more taxes, Governor Baker's fiscally disciplined approach and pro-growth policies has led to a budget surplus. "Projecting that state tax collections will surpass estimates for the year that just ended by $1.2 billion, the Baker administration is forecasting a surplus of $150 million to $200 million in funds that are not yet earmarked for any purpose and signaling to the Legislature that it may have up to $200 million in additional money to play with for the fiscal 2019 budget that is nearly a week overdue." (Matt Murphy and Michael P. Norton, "State savings, spending to get lift from $1.2 million revenue surplus," State House News Service, 7/6/18)