BUDGETS

Pittsfield High School is designed to accomodate 1,600 students, but only had about 900 during the last school year.
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The Massachusetts state budget for fiscal 2018 includes the largest-ever appropriation for public schools. But some school superintendents say that won't change much for their districts.

Gov. Baker signs fiscal 2016 budget on July 17, 2015.
Antonio Caban / State House News Service

State lawmakers will be taking a closer look at the line-item vetoes made last week by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker before he signed the state's overdue $40.2 billion budget into law. A lot of the $320 million in vetoes stem from cuts Governor Baker made to MassHealth, in the hopes of getting his full package of healthcare reforms enacted.

Judge Kafker meets with members of the Governor's Council on July 15, 2015.
Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Last Friday, Massachusetts House and Senate leaders voted on a compromise version of the state budget that reduces spending by about $600 million in the new fiscal year.

Now that the budget has been passed along to the governor's desk -- is House Speaker Bob DeLeo allowing marijuana bill negotiators back to the table?  

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg speaks with constituents during a meet-and-greet at Northampton Coffee on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Laura Newberry / The Republican

In Massachusetts, there's continued uncertainty around money. A small legislative committee continues to whittle down the not-yet-passed budget that takes effect in three weeks.

Meanwhile, legislators are preparing for a constitutional convention on Wednesday. Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he sees one matter before lawmakers -- the so-called millionaires tax -- as a solution to the revenue issues.

Booth and Dimock Memorial Library, in Coventry, Conn.
Courtesy / Neal Hughlett

In President Donald Trump's proposed budget, he eliminates federal support for public libraries throughout the country. The White House has said these cuts -- and others -- are about fiscal responsibility, and an effort to "redefine the proper role of the federal government." But the move has commentator Erin Valentino thinking about what she sees as the crucially important places that libraries take us.

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, in a photo taken May, 17, 2017.
File Photo / State House News Service

A clarifying moment will come Monday, as the Massachusetts Department of Revenue releases tax collection numbers for May.  The current fiscal year, and the state budget for next year, hang in the balance.

State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy tells us there's a particular group of lawmakers eagerly awaiting these numbers.

The Senate Chamber at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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At the Massachusetts statehouse this week, senators will be busy deliberating the Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion budget proposal.

Last week, lawmakers filed more than 1,000 amendments to that bill.

Recognizing that lawmakers will want to get out of Boston well before the Memorial Day weekend, we asked State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy just how they plan to plow through the huge pile of amendments.

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Dave Roback / The Republican

The next Massachusetts budget moves ahead this week, as the House Ways and Means Committee releases its version today.

This comes two-and-a-half months after Governor Charlie Baker put out his budget proposal. As we do most Mondays, we spoke to reporter Matt Murphy of the State House News Service. He said the House budget is likely to put more money toward local aid for cities and towns than Governor Baker's plan. 

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