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Baker vetoes $320 million from budget

Baker vetoes $320 million from budget

Returns employer assessment, asks Legislature to pair it with MassHealth reforms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Ten days ago, the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved what would be the state’s first budget in excess of forty billion dollars – $40.2 billion to be exact. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said not so fast. Baker plans to sign a budget for fiscal 2018 on Monday afternoon that includes $39.4(...)

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Baker won’t commit to health care assessments

Baker won’t commit to health care assessments

Legislature budget plan includes employer fees, but omits administration Medicaid reforms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday he has not yet decided whether he will sign off on $200 million in new employer fees he has linked to MassHealth reforms that the Legislature laid aside Friday as part of their budget deal. The budget approved by the House and Senate includes a two-tiered(...)

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Lawmakers signal budget accord reached

Lawmakers signal budget accord reached

No details provided but a vote is planned for Friday

THE LEAD BUDGET NEGOTIATORS for the House and Senate announced a deal Thursday evening to resolve differences between the branches over an annual state budget for the fiscal year that began Saturday, indicating that the legislation will be filed Friday morning with a vote coming later in the day. No further details on the spending(...)

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Baker slammed for not filing updated budget

Baker slammed for not filing updated budget

Some say law requires governor to file if revenues change

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, at least publicly, has given lawmakers space to reconsider revenue and spending targets in the budget due in just a matter of days. But his reluctance to officially update his budget proposal in light of weak revenue growth in recent months is being questioned as a matter of(...)

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Sources: Higher tax, new opt-out in pot bill

Sources: Higher tax, new opt-out in pot bill

House measure would keep treasurer in charge but expand oversight board

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RETAIL MARIJUANA SALES would be taxed at a maximum rate of 18.75 percent under legislation being developed by the House in preparation for a Thursday vote that would also alter the oversight and local control of an industry legalized by voters last November, according to sources within the Legislature or close(...)

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House to roll out rewrite of legal pot bill

House to roll out rewrite of legal pot bill

Reps set to vote on changing ballot question on Thursday; Senate plans unclear

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE LEADERSHIP WILL unveil its proposal to overhaul the voter-backed law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts on Wednesday, setting up an expected debate and vote before the full membership on Thursday. The bill’s details have been held tightly by those writing the legislation, but it is widely expected to address the tax(...)

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State bond rating drops one notch

State bond rating drops one notch

Agency cites failure to build up rainy day fund

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH SLUGGISH REVENUES testing Gov. Charlie Baker’s ability to balance investment needs with fiscal prudence, one of the country’s largest credit rating agencies on Friday downgraded the state’s bond rating with an admonishment for its approach to savings. S&P Global Ratings lowered its rating for Massachusetts bonds to AA from AA+(...)

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DeLeo unsure how Baker will balance budget

DeLeo unsure how Baker will balance budget

Speaker says governor hasn't detailed nip and tuck maneuvers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Gov. Charlie Baker has told House Speaker Robert DeLeo not to worry about deficient tax collections blowing a hole in this year’s state budget. And the powerful Winthrop Democrat is taking the governor at his word. Not even DeLeo knows how Baker has been controlling spending to make sure that when(...)

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House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

Bars inmate use outside state, but delays action on other anti-Trump measure

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE LEADERS indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown, even as they approved another measure barring state sheriffs from offering inmates for labor outside the state. The postponed bill would have prevented state resources from being(...)

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Economy booms but state tax take craters

Economy booms but state tax take craters

April revenues fall $241m short of projections

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE BUDGET PROBLEMS worsened considerably Wednesday after cratering April tax collections widened the revenue gap in this year’s budget and called into question assumptions for next year’s spending, setting up a major test of Gov. Charlie Baker’s ability to manage through the near-term dilemma without unilateral spending cuts or tapping into(...)

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