MA House Kicks off Annual Budget Debate With Tribute to Marathon Bombing Victims
Before the Massachusetts House of Representatives began debate on a proposed 33.9 billion-dollar state budget today, House Speaker Robert Deleo took a moment to remember the victims in Monday's bombings and pay tribute to the resilience of the city.
"We come together to mark an event that struck all of us one week ago. This House is an appropriate setting for this because it includes representatives of each 351 cities and towns of this Commonwealth. We sit and stand together, Democrats and Republicans. Those from the Berkshire hill towns and Boston neighborhoods. Coastal communities and old mill cities."
Deleo says the House and its annual budget process have long been symbols of stability for the Commonwealth. The House will consider the House Ways and Means committee's version of the state budget which proposes raising spending by nearly four percent. The House will also discuss more than 800 amendments to that budget, including raising revenue through taxing private colleges' endowment funds and increasing taxes on tobacco products.