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  • The Senate on Thursday voted 37-0 to pass a $200.8 million supplemental budget to cover time sensitive deficiencies and unexpected cost increases in FY 2014. This supplemental budget includes funds to address critical needs in the state’s emergency shelter programs, as well as provide additional funds for snow and ice removal. “This supplemental budget is an important bill-paying exercise which addresses several spending deficiencies and time sensitive policy issues,” said Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I am very pleased that the Senate has passed a bill that makes necessary, mid-year investments while maintaining our disciplined fiscal approach that has served us so well in recent years.”
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  •  The General Court of Massachusetts State House, Boston, 02133-1053 —-  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contacts:  Laura Oggeri         Seth Gitell July 1, 2013                                                                      Senate President      House Speaker (617) 722-1500      (617) 722-2500     House, Senate Pass Comprehensive FY14 Budget Includes Strong Investments for Essential Services and Programs   (BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature […]
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  • The legislature today approved its $34 billion budget for Fiscal 2014 (124-29 in the House and 36-3 in the Senate).  Fiscal 2014 starts today, July 1. Some items of note in the budget include: Increases in local aid —  especially for communities that had been treated unfairly under the Chapter 70 School Aid formula, like Watertown. […]
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  • Wednesday and Thursday of last week were long days as we plowed through 725 budget amendments.  It was a relatively smooth year with fewer controversial issues.  The budget was tight, but fewer programs were taking deep cuts so there was less anxiety overall than there has been for the past few years. My biggest concerns […]
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