Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey didn’t confirm or deny the possibility of new state stimulus checks, but the topic was discussed during her first meeting with legislators.
Healey discussed the priority of reducing the cost of living with the Senate President, House Speaker, and Lieutenant Governor on Jan. 9. She plans to work collaboratively and acknowledged there’s a lot to be done.
Healey, a Democratic supporter of a state-administered universal child tax credit, proposed a $600 per child tax relief program that would benefit over 700,000 families.
She supports tax cuts for low- and middle-income and senior citizens, deductions for renters, and an overhaul of estate law as proposed by former Governor Baker, according to MassLive Media.
GoBanking Rates stated in an article published on January 18, 2023, that Governor Healey and state leaders expect to have a better idea of potential relief plans, such as tax rebates or stimulus checks, by the end of January when they receive a “key financial metric.”
She did not rule out the possibility of a new stimulus check-in 2023 but emphasized that an overall fiscal strategy for the state is needed first.
Governor Healey committed to working thoughtfully and strategically with the Lieutenant Governor on relief proposals. She acknowledged that the final decision will depend on the collective views of members.
Senate President Spilka expressed hope for progress on progressive tax relief soon, while House Speaker Mariano focused on organizational priorities and was ambivalent about the subject of residential relief plans.