In the end, the House and Senate budgets are very similar. Not only are the budget totals within 0.1 percent of each other (which makes sense since they had essentially the same amount of revenue to work with), but the two proposals are also within half of one percent of each other in every major category. For example, the House proposes 0.2 percent more for Health Care, including slightly larger investments in public health and more support for MassHealth, while the Senate proposes 0.45 percent more for education, including modestly more than the House for local public schools and higher education.
Over the next few weeks a House and Senate Conference Committee will work to compromise on these difference and build together a final budget that funds our schools and local services; maintains our roads, bridges, and public transit; keeps our air and water clean; provides supports for those facing difficult challenges; protects our public health; and keeps open our parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and libraries.
This Budget Monitor describes the funding and policy differences between the House and Senate in each major area of the budget, and provides links to in-depth descriptions of programs and issues addressed in each budget proposal.
The tables near the end of this Monitor also show funding differences between the House and Senate budgets not discussed elsewhere.
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