Sunday, March 1, 2009


House and Senate members have had relatively little to say to date about Gov. Deval Patrick’s plans to balance the fiscal 2009 budget, a proposal that Patrick has described as an emergency plan, as well as his fiscal 2010 budget. Starting Tuesday, members will start checking in publicly on spending and tax issues as they begin a series of hearings on Patrick’s fiscal 2010 budget. The joint Ways and Means Committee hearings begin with testimony from the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, and the state’s constitutional offices, which are occupied by Attorney General Martha Coakley, Secretary of State William Galvin, Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Treasurers Tim Cahill, who oversees an agency that’s of great interest to lawmakers, the Lottery, since it’s responsible for delivering vast amounts of local aid to cities and towns. The hearing will be co-chaired by Rep. Charley Murphy (D-Burlington) and Sen. Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell). Administration and Finance will be represented at the hearing by Undersecretary Jay Gonzalez, Assistant Secretary for Budget Matt Gorzkowicz and general counsel David Sullivan. Secretary Leslie Kirwan is recovering from a minor medical procedures, according to aides. Aides confirmed Friday that Cahill and Galvin will testify Tuesday. Either DeNucci or First Deputy Auditor Ken Marchurs will testify.

(Tuesday, 11 am, Gardner Auditorium)

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