BUDGETS

New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

Massachusetts Lawmakers Compromise On $41.9 Billion Budget Plan

Jul 18, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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The Massachusetts House and Senate agreed on Wednesday to a $41.88 billion budget deal for the fiscal year that began on July 1. The compromise spending plan is 17 days overdue.

A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

One hundred dollar bills.
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Last week, we talked about the Massachusetts budget. Another week has elapsed. Are the expectations any better that the conference committee might make a deal this week?

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Massachusetts House lawmakers have passed a measure that would make major changes to public education funding, but some school advocates say the measure falls short — particularly compared to the Senate version.

Three major insurance companies that have called Hartford home for more than a century are helping bail it out of financial trouble. Aetna, Travelers and the Hartford Financial Services group have paid the city $10 million this fiscal year, the first of five installments the companies have pledged to pay over the next five years.

Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser in a file photo.
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Massachusetts is the only state in the country without a budget for the current fiscal year, which started July 1. One item that could slow legislators down is a proposed immigration amendment.

Ticking clock.
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Massachusetts is the last state in the country without a permanent spending plan for fiscal year 2019. What do we know about the status of the $41.5 billion budget?

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The new fiscal year started on Sunday, but Massachusetts does not have a budget in place. This makes the Bay State the only state in the nation without one. 

A PVTA bus.
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Fare increases just went into effect at the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. They include a significant increase for some people with disabilities.

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