... 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 ...... Senate preparing property tax relief bill, but Rosenberg says "I don't know what's in there" ...... Property tax bill will help elderly, disabled, veterans, Rosenberg tells Herald Radio ...... Bill changing legal marijuana law likely to reach Gov. Baker's desk on Thursday ...... Goldberg says she has "no idea" about retail pot sales timeline, but leaders say July 2018 doable ...... Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill says goodbye to colleagues during Wednesday session ...... Small biz cybersecurity risks examined by House technology panel ...... Baker expresses urgency on MassHealth reforms, DeLeo says he's weighing course of action ...... Kafker confirmation means five of seven Supreme Judicial Court judges will be Baker appointees ...... ...... ...
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TAXING MATTERS AWAIT AS HOUSE PREPS FOR BUDGET DEBATE

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 20, 2017....The annual state budget, on track to weigh in north of $40 billion, will be built on the expectation of roughly $27 billion in tax revenue - but state reps on both sides of the aisle are hoping to tinker with that figure upwards and downwards.

Lawmakers in recent years have opted against lengthy, impassioned debates on tax policy changes, but the pending tax amendments provide plenty of fodder should state representatives wish to engage each other in an environment marked by rising state spending and sluggish growth in tax revenues.


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