DeLEO OFFERS HINTS AT SCOPE OF PLANNED BUDGET VETO OVERRIDES
By Andy Metzger
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 11, 2017....Preparing to tack on more spending to the current year's budget, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday he is unsure the amount of veto overrides the House will take up Wednesday and indicated the focus will be on statewide programs as opposed to local earmarks.
"It's not going to be a great amount of them," DeLeo told reporters. He said, "Right now we're picking and choosing in terms upon what we've heard from a lot of the membership - first of all in terms of more statewide initiatives probably than local initiatives, so we'll be taking a look at those."
In July, Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed $320 million from the $40.2 billion fiscal 2018 budget that lawmakers sent him and said additional savings within the state's Medicaid Medicaid program, which lawmakers wanted more time to consider, would be needed to keep the budget in balance.
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