South Shore Lawmaker Hopes Deficit Is Lesson For Next Year’s Budget

Last month Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth was sworn into office after taking over former Senate President Therese Murray's seat, who decided not to re-run. (Facebook.)

Last month Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth was sworn into office after taking over former Senate President Therese Murray’s seat, who decided not to re-run. (Facebook.)

Since being appointed to serve as the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means last month, Senator Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth vows to keep the state’s spending in check.

“My role is to be a fiscal watchdog on how the Commonwealth spends money,” deMacedo said during an interview at the State House.

And after 12 years on the House Committee on Ways and Means, deMacedo thinks he can do just that.

But the South Shore senator says the state has been spending beyond its means.

“We need to be in a position where we spend judicially, so that we don’t find ourselves in this situation and then having to make significant cuts halfway through the year like we are now,” deMacedo said.

While legislators mull over Governor Charlie Baker’s recent proposal to slash more than 500 million dollars in spending, including cuts to transportation and substance abuse, deMacedo says the 14 billion dollar healthcare budget is where the state should be looking.

But deMacedo hopes this shortfall will be a lesson for next year’s budget.

“How do we make sure that doesn’t happen again, how do we make sure we operate within our means— that’s what people expect us to do, and frankly run it as efficiently and effectively as possible,” he said.

Although the deficit is Beacon Hill’s top priority right now, deMacedo says once the gap is closed he looks forward to start working on a much more balanced budget for next year.


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About Paige Sutherland

Paige Sutherland was a State House reporter for WATD, and left WATD full-time in March, 2015. She will continue to update WATD time-to-time on relevant New Hampshire news.