Massachusetts budget talks may slide into new fiscal year
BOSTON (AP) — Negotiations between Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers over differences in a proposed $42.7 billion state budget likely won’t wrap up in time to have the spending plan in place for the new fiscal year.
Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo told reporters Monday the new budget probably won’t be done by July 1, the start of the fiscal year.
On Monday, the Massachusetts House and Senate approved a $5 billion interim budget to keep state government running if a full budget isn’t approved by both chambers and signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by Sunday.
While overall state spending is roughly the same in the House and Senate versions of the budget, there are key policy differences, including the Senate’s plan to freeze tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts.