The administration has not yet estimated the size of that gap. But Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, estimated that the Baker administration will face a $1.5 billion gap between the revenues that are coming in and the amount of money needed to maintain current services. "It's a significant gap," McAnneny said.
“I think the long-term issue is one of the most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services.
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Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said Baker's plan is "probably the most reasonable way to go forward." Because the plan relies on one-time solutions, she said, a structural deficit looms in fiscal 2016, which starts in July. Baker's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget -- his first as governor -- is due by March 4.