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DeLeo Floats Idea to Address Budget Stalemate

Faced with a legislative stalemate over the close-out budget, Comptroller Andrew Maylor has alerted leaders he's prepared to take the "extraordinary step" of closing the fiscal 2019 books in December - with or without the Legislature's approval. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2019]

Unable to agree with the Senate on a larger bill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday told the Baker administration and state comptroller that the House would be willing to pass a close-out budget bill that pays any outstanding bills from last year, but includes no discretionary spending, in order to break the stalemate with the Senate.

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