Massachusetts Lawmakers Compromise On $41.9 Billion Budget Plan

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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.

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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?

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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.

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.

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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. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of the state, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state's finances and economy. 

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 137 to 14 to ban the use of so-called conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of minors, going on record against a practice one lawmaker compared to torture.

A minimum wage campaign rally in 2013 in front of the State House in Boston.
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The Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its legal battle with a Boston based online retailer. The ruling last week basically paved the way for a widespread taxation of online sales.

But will widespread taxation actually happen, and is there something that needs to be done on Beacon Hill in order for the state to be able to collect that tax?