The Massachusetts Legislature concluded formal sessions for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session in the early hours of August 1st. The days leading up to the conclusion of formal sessions became a legislative sprint to the finish as lawmakers scrambled to simultaneously pass key pieces of legislation while overriding vetoes the Governor had made to the House and Senate FY 2019 $41.88 billion dollar budget proposal.
The Commonwealth’s annual fiscal budget commands the attention of individuals and industries across the spectrum each year – appropriating tens of billions of dollars to create, sustain, and grow economic opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The Budget is created, shaped, debated, and changed by the Governor’s Administration and both branches of the State Legislature, as well as citizens and advocates, during a seven month process.
Following their summer recess, the House and Senate have focused their attention on overriding Governor Baker’s budget vetoes from July. On Wednesday, October 4th, the House voted to restore all 320 million dollars that Governor Baker had vetoed out of the 2018 Fiscal Year budget which had been proposed to him in July.