ADVANCES - WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2017
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 16, 2017.....Two things state lawmakers seem to hate talking about - marijuana and higher taxes - are both on the agenda again next week as the Legislature forges ahead with what's turning out to be an awkward rewriting of the ballot law legalizing marijuana use for anyone 21 and over. The pot law debate is sharing center stage with Beacon Hill's 800-pound gorillas - the fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 budgets. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the fiscal 2017 budget July 8, 2016 and a fiscal 2018 budget is due in two weeks, but there are major unresolved issues with both budgets and the governor and legislative leaders have gone into bunker mode on both fronts - Baker refuses to say how he's single-handedly balancing the fiscal 2017 budget and legislative leaders who voted to close fiscal 2018 budget talks still don't seem sure about the basic revenue base for the bill they're under pressure to produce. The governor gets 10 days to review bills and on Tuesday there will be 10 days remaining until the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. A temporary budget remains a possibility, but budget talks, usually a shadowy affair, are fully underground now.
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