Lawmakers and the governor remain focused on budget issues mostly to the exclusion of other stated policy priorities. Since breaking from formal sessions at the end of July 2014, the Legislature has shouldered a light workload.
As lawmakers map out a series of public hearings to learn more about Gov. Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget, they are also busy passing through the Legislature the governor’s proposal to pour $350 million in fresh appropriations into the fiscal 2015 budget.
Massachusetts lawmakers are now grinding out the final two weeks of formal sessions, forcing bills through, often with little or no debate.
Legislators on Beacon Hill this week will start to cull through the many proposals offered by Governor Deval Patrick in his State of the State address last week.