Lawmakers to Reconcile Differences in Spending Bill 


massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators on Beacon Hill could begin meeting soon to reconcile differences in a recently approved spending bill.

The supplemental budget was technically designed to close the books on the fiscal year that ended July 1, but also contains several new initiatives.

The House and Senate included more than $27 million to help fight the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

Both chambers voted to return different amounts to the state’s so-called rainy day fund, but they’ll have to settle on a final amount after the House committed $75 million and the Senate voted $120 million.

The reserve fund currently has a balance of about $1.1 billion, but had been as high as $2.3 billion prior to the recession.

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