Is Mass. doing enough to help with inflation?

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State law makers are pitching one relief package to help residents but the Governor says a lot more is needed. In Boston and all across the state, everything that costs something, from gas to groceries, seems to be costing more.  The Governor telling us he supports the current state legislators plan but says it is only a start.

The higher prices have state lawmakers pitching a plan to help people in certain income brackets with $250 per person or $500 for a couple. Some people say much more is needed.

[New plan will send rebates of up to $500 to eligible Mass. taxpayers]

Boston 25 News caught up with Governor Charlie Baker at a summer parks program announcement to find out what he envisions for assistance in light of the state’s very healthy budget surplus right now.

“MA has had an astonishing year financially. We are basically closing the books with a surplus that is north of 3 billion dollars,” said the Governor.

Governor Baker says the state should be looking at a much bigger relief package — that would come in the form of tax breaks on a permanent basis.  The Governor acknowledged that simply adding more money back into the economy could increase inflation.

“That is one of the reasons I was particularly interested in something that would relieve the burden of taxes on renters or seniors who are on fixed incomes or those low income folks who in my view should not be on the tax rolls at all,” said the Governor.

The Governor says he is counting on a series of relief ideas going to legislators before the session ends.

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