Democrats Must Choose Between Budget Cuts and Immigrants 

Budget cuts might be coming in Massachusetts, thanks to the state’s increasing handouts to illegal immigrants.

Ron Mariano, Democrat Massachusetts House Speaker, hinted recently that budget cuts could come in fiscal year 2026 to fund the state’s emergency shelter system. The system now costs the state $75 million a month (and continues to increase). 

“Every program that we fund is susceptible to being tapped to fund this shelter program—not in this budget, but in the next budget,” said Mariano to reporters last week. People continue to come, and we have a commitment to keep this emergency shelter program open.”

Since the right-to-shelter state law lacks a residency requirement, individuals worldwide, mainly from Haiti, come to Massachusetts for free housing, including taxpayer-funded long-term stays in motels and hotels.

Legislation is likely to tap into its rainy day fund this year before beginning to cut programs. Democrats in the state government and their constituents must choose between social programs and immigrant handouts. They cannot have both.

Massachusetts will spend around $600 million in addition to what is initially allotted on its shelter system because of the immigrant influx coming to the state. This unexpected expense added to the state’s financial woes and caused Democrat Governor Maura Healey to enact $375 million in emergency budget cuts, including the cut of more than 30 fire departments across the state. 

It is obvious the legislature in Massachusetts shows no signs of prioritizing Massachusetts residents over illegal immigrants. It shows even less interest in putting in place a residency requirement.

The state budget included provisions last year that made community college free for residents 25 years and older, school lunch free for all students, and subsidies for health insurance for families of four or more, adding up to $150,000 a year (increased from $90,000). None of the permanent programs are enshrined in state law. The exact same is true for the low-income residents’ half-priced public transportation fare program from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

They are on the chopping block.

What is the bottom line? Massachusetts lacks the funds to solve the world’s problems. Hundreds of families are still on the waiting list for emergency shelters despite the state paying exorbitant amounts to house several thousand illegal immigrants. 

If you were to drive through almost any state in the city — or any large city across the country — they’d see the homeless panhandling. Simultaneously, liberals on Beacon Hill expect taxpayers to pay foreigners to live in their city’s hotels.

And the Democratic Party is the party of the working people? Hardly.