Gov. Maura Healey is scheduled to ship her first State of the Commonwealth handle Wednesday evening the place she is predicted to tout first-year accomplishments like a $1 billion-a-year tax minimize package deal.
Healey confronted evolving challenges final yr, together with exploding demand for emergency shelter, in-part attributable to an elevated arrival of migrants, and sagging tax revenues that led her to make $375 million in funds cuts final week.
The first-term Democrat plans to the touch on coverage victories like making faculty meals free for all households and launching free group faculty for college students aged 25 and older, in accordance with a spokesperson for the governor.
But it’s not clear if Healey will contact on the shelter system, which her administration expects to spend almost $2 billion on in fiscal years 2024 and 2025. The ballooning value got here as Healey moved final yr to unilaterally restrict the variety of households within the system to 7,500.
State funds are additionally on rocky footing with the state anticipated to absorb $1 billion much less in revenues this fiscal yr after six straight months of dismal collections. A preview of Healey’s handle didn’t point out Massachusetts’ fiscal challenges.
Healey does plan on advocating for a $4 billion housing bond invoice that, amongst different issues, grants municipalities the choice of imposing an actual property transaction charge to spur inexpensive housing growth.
The governor can be anticipated to the touch on early training initiatives she introduced Tuesday and efforts to make Massachusetts extra inexpensive and develop the financial system, in accordance with her spokesperson.
The speech is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Republican Sen. Peter Durant plans to supply a rebuttal to Healey’s speech and lay out the “the GOP’s vision for the Commonwealth” throughout an occasion on the Omni Parker House. A livestream of the speech will be available on X, the social media platform formally referred to as Twitter.