Elizabeth Clay, Director of Grassroots Governance
The Administration is required to present a balanced budget to the legislature for fiscal year 2011 in late January and it is important for all to be engaged in the conversation on what government should do and how we pay for it. These are difficult economic times and we are all facing them together as a Commonwealth. As we enter into the new budget cycle, we will need to think creatively about solutions for the difficult choices ahead of us. What areas would you prioritize and where would you cut? What ideas do you have for how to provide better services at lower costs?
Last Monday, Secretary Ian Bowles kicked-off the first series public meetings on the FY2011 Budget. The Governor and top officials of the Administration will host meetings in communities throughout the Commonwealth through the month of December. These meetings are opportunities for the Administration to hear public input and incorporate it before Governor compiles budget recommendations.
These meetings will take the form of Budget Hearings, to provide an opportunity for any interested parties to submit formal testimony on specific fiscal issues; and Budget Forums, designed as a space for a community conversation about the budget with senior Administration officials.
For more information about the budget meetings, please visit www.mass.gov/governor/forums