"The magnitude of this shortfall is unprecedented," said Doug Howgate, the foundation's director of policy and research. "Not since the height of the Great Recession have collections over a five-month period slumped by so much, and never in the midst of an economic recovery."
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation this week estimated the final fiscal 2016 budget gap at $575 million, writing in a new bulletin, "The books have yet to be closed on fiscal year 2016 and so neither the final budget gap, nor the mix of solutions to address it are known." MTF identified trust fund sweeps and other efforts to grab one-time revenues as among the likely budget fixes.
What’s going on? We explore that issue with Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and Alan Clayton-Matthews, an associate professor at Northeastern University. Both of them conduct state revenue forecasts and work with state officials to develop a consensus forecast.