Mar 2, 2023 - Politics

Healey's budget plan brings campaign promises into focus

Photo illustration of Maura Healey with lines radiating from her.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Gov. Maura Healey yesterday took the first solid step toward making her campaign promises about affordability a reality by releasing her budget plan for the coming year.

๐Ÿ’ฐ The $55.5 billion spending plan covers every piece of state government from schools to the MBTA, and from public assistance programs to money for roads, parks and climate change.

  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ It's 4.1% larger than this year's budget.
  • โ›‘๏ธ Over half the budget, $28.6 billion, is dedicated to health care.

๐ŸŽ“ Healey wants to use the yearly budget to implement her plan for free community college.

  • Students over 25 years old who don't yet have a college degree would be eligible for free tuition and aid for fees, books, housing and academic supports.
  • Healey's plan also increases aid to public higher ed by 23% to keep tuition stable.

๐Ÿš‰ Healey would boost funding for transportation infrastructure projects like repairs to the MBTA.

Why it matters: The budget is Healeyโ€™s attempt to realize her campaign commitments. It isnโ€™t just a crucial part of what leaders are sent to Beacon Hill to do โ€“ sometimes itโ€™s essentially all they do.

What's next: The governor's vision is hardly ever what becomes law since lawmakers will rewrite the plan to include their own spending priorities this spring.

  • Whether Healey gets what she wants โ€” what she promised on the campaign trail โ€” is up to the Democratic legislative leaders who have the final say.

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