Budget negotiators in the Massachusetts legislature are facing big challenges and a looming deadline after the Baker administration announced a drop in expected revenue for the next fiscal year.
Governor Charlie Baker will outline his vision for the state on Thursday as he gives his first State of the Commonwealth address. On the same day, the Senate returns to work.
Is there another budget problem festering on Beacon Hill? Three-plus months into the new fiscal year, the Baker administration has ratcheted down its estimate of revenues available to support the $38.1 billion budget.
Members of the Massachusetts Senate will likely address the state’s opioid addiction crisis as they return to Beacon Hill for formal sessions.
The bill will likely be addressed after lawmakers take their August break.
The first gambling facility in Massachusetts will open on Wednesday in Plainville, over three years after lawmakers legalized casino gaming. Massachusetts is about to begin learning about the advantages and disadvantages of expanded gaming.
A fight over tax policy is primed to take over Beacon Hill this week. That’s as the House and Senate begin negotiations over their versions of the next state budget.
Debates begin this week on the Massachusetts Senate’s version of the next state budget. Lawmakers will wade through 942 amendments attached to the bill.
The meeting was called by the House Republicans to talk about Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to temporarily care for the children at either a military base in Chicopee or one in Bourne. Officials gather behind closed doors. Reporters weren’t allowed in and neither were protesters, who were having none of it.
Massachusetts lawmakers are now grinding out the final two weeks of formal sessions, forcing bills through, often with little or no debate.
Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker had said his opinion on the recent Supreme Court decision “doesn’t matter.”
The bill would allow deer hunting with bow and arrows on Sundays during deer season.
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.