House, Senate Expected to Vote on Massachusetts Budget

massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — A new state budget could be on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk by the end of Wednesday.

Massachusetts House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a deal on a final version of the $38.1 billion state spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week. That’s a 3.5 percent increase over spending in the just completed fiscal year.

Plymouth-Barnstable State Senator Vinny deMacedo is a member of the joint conference committee.

The budget includes a provision barring state spending on the 2024 Summer Olympics without public hearings and approval by the Legislature.

It would also increase the state’s earned income tax credit, boost spending on programs to combat homelessness and the state’s opioid addiction problem, and create a new fiscal control board sought by Baker to oversee operations and finances of the MBTA.

Baker has 10 days to review the budget and issue any vetoes before signing it.
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