The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

The fiscal 2015 budget talks head into complete darkness this week with the appointment of a six-member conference committee that will recommend a final spending plan.

The conference committee’s recommendation, expected to top $36.3 million, is not subject to amendment and negotiators will aim at have a budget in place around the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

As they herd priority bills closer to the governor’s office, legislative leaders in recent weeks have pried out of conference committees bills to expand veterans services, make transportation system investments, and enact election system reforms. Remaining before conference committees are two topics – welfare reform and compounding pharmacy regulation – that the House and Senate tackled separately last year.

Conferees are also still working on bills to address recycling of mercury products, domestic violence, natural gas leaks, and an increase in the minimum wage tied to unemployment insurance system reforms.

After Massachusetts House and Senate budget debates where the fate of amendments was determined behind closed doors, the fiscal 2015 budget talks head into complete darkness this week with the appointment of a six-member conference committee that will recommend a final spending plan.

The conference committee’s recommendation, expected to top $36.3 million, is not subject to amendment and negotiators will aim at have a budget in place around the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

As they herd priority bills closer to the governor’s office, legislative leaders in recent weeks have pried out of conference committees bills to expand veterans services, make transportation system investments, and enact election system reforms. Remaining before conference committees are two topics – welfare reform and compounding pharmacy regulation – that the House and Senate tackled separately last year.

Conferees are also still working on bills to address recycling of mercury products, domestic violence, natural gas leaks, and an increase in the minimum wage tied to unemployment insurance system reforms.

For Susan Kaplan’s conversation with Matt Murphy about the week ahead on Beacon Hill, click the audio player above.