BOSTON, Massachusetts: Last Thursday the Massachusetts State Senate passed its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2012.
Now, the budget moves to a conference committee where Senate and House leaders will negotiate the discrepancies between the two legislative documents.
"We have completed another budget, but it has been an extremely difficult budget, and while we've acted cautiously, I know we would all like to have done more," said Therese Murray (D), Senate President.
Neither chamber's budget plan increases taxes. Both use $440 million in onetime revenue to help balance the $1.9 billion spending gab. Additionally, the Senate and House maintained the new provisions that will curtail unions ability to collectively bargain for health care benefits at the local level. Officials have said this will save $100 million for municipalities.
After the conference committee reconciles the two document, it will head to Governor Deval Patrick's desk for signature. He will have 10 days to approve the appropriations bill.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Boston Globe, "Mass. Senate OKs $30.5 billion state budget," May 27, 2011
- ↑ Boston Herald, "Mass. budget debate entering critical, final stage," May 28, 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Masslive, "Senate's $30.5 billion budget, passed late Thursday, includes cuts to local aid, health care," May 27, 2011