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December 12, 2012

Hearing looks at finance picture

State finance secretary: 'Structurally balanced' budgets needed

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Amy Everitt, a Salem State faculty member and vice president of the Massachusetts State College Association union, told Gonzalez she was wary of performance-based funding. Each school has different issues and challenges, she said.

The aim, Gonzalez said, is not to pit campuses against each other but to “raise everybody’s game.”

“No formula is perfect,” he said. “The question is, how we can get it as good as it can be.”

Gonzalez spoke informally, without a microphone or podium. He thanked the audience for coming, as well as Driscoll and state Rep. John Keenan for stopping by.

Keenan thanked Gonzalez, saying “you have the toughest job in state government.”

Gonzalez was appointed in the fall of 2009. Last night, he talked of “inheriting a mess” from the prior administration and working hard to turn things around.

Despite a recession and drop in tax revenue, Massachusetts now has the highest credit rating the state’s ever had, he said.

“I think we’ve gotten the state’s fiscal house in order,” Gonzalez said. “... Our responsibility is to manage the resources we have as best as possible.”

Gonzalez hosts a second forum with the same format today in Boston at the Charles F. Hurley Building.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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