... HCFA's Rosman: state spending on MassHealth is 24 percent of budget, fed $$$ raise it up to 40 percent ...... Affordability - for the state budget, and for low-income residents - at center of MassHealth reform debate ...... Baker plans to take corrective budget actions if his MassHealth plan isn't passed by Sept. 14 ...... MTF: Baker vetoed nine outside sections, amended 25 out of 150 total budget sections ...... Seventeen of returned budget sections deal with employer assessments or unemployment insurance rates ...... Baker vetoed $320 mil in 169 line items, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms ...... Legislative earmarks worth $42 million are carved out of budget by Baker vetoes ...... Baker: Legislature's budget underfunds accounts, overestimates revenues by about $100 million ...... Property tax bill will help elderly, disabled, veterans, Rosenberg tells Herald Radio ...... Goldberg says she has "no idea" about retail pot sales timeline, but leaders say July 2018 doable ...... ...
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DEMPSEY REMAINS CHAIR AS HE TRANSITIONS TO LOBBYING FIRM

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Brian Dempsey announced Thursday that he plans to step down to join a Boston-based lobbying firm, but Dempsey hasn't said when he'll step down, only that it will be sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, the Haverhill Democrat continues to helm the House's most powerful committee, one that by Monday will be in receipt of amendments and vetoes Gov. Charlie Baker hands down when he acts on the $40.2 billion state budget. The Ways and Means Committee also has more than two dozen other bills before it that were recommended by other committees.


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