Further illuminating the issue of Governor Baker’s proposed budget plan, and the victories achieved by the RLC, MassLive featured an article from Shira Schoenberg. Here’s an excerpt:
“BOSTON – The House Committee on Ways and Means has a proposed a budget of just under $38 billion for fiscal year 2016, which is $100 million less than the budget proposed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in March.
The House committee’s budget would increase spending over the current fiscal year by 2.8 percent. It would make additional investments in local aid and some social services, while spending less than Baker proposed in areas including higher education and county sheriffs.
The House Ways and Means budget will now go the full House, where members can amend and debate it. The Senate will then go through its own process of developing a state budget. The two versions will have to be reconciled, then signed by Baker before the June 30 end of the fiscal year.”