- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The top budget writer in the Massachusetts House says lawmakers in that chamber won’t be looking at new taxes as they begin to craft a spending plan for the next fiscal year.

House Ways and Means Committee chairman Brian Dempsey said Wednesday that new taxes “are not on the table” for the 2017 fiscal year budget.

The Haverhill Democrat made the comments after a Statehouse hearing on revenue projections for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The House, Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration will agree on a single estimate as they begin to draw up their versions of the budget.

Dempsey said projection seem to be modest - hovering around 4 percent growth - which he says is less than what the state has seen in recent years.



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