From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Senate leaders unveiled a $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal on Tuesday, virtually mirroring the total spending figure in the House’s budget approved last week but embracing additional revenues the other chamber avoided.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee’s proposal calls for a 3.1 percent increase in spending over last year’s budget, including what lawmakers describe as a “historic” boost in public education funding, new initiatives to improve mental health and a University of Massachusetts tuition freeze. Those efforts are buoyed by new taxes on opioid manufacturers and vaping products, two ideas backed by Gov. Charlie Baker but eschewed in the House budget.
“Each line item, each number, is much more than just a number,” said Senate President Karen Spilka in a briefing about the budget. “It is a statement of the Senate’s priorities and our values and what we hold dear.”
The Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the budget proposal by a voice vote at a Tuesday executive session. Senators can file amendments until noon on Friday and the full chamber will launch its annual string of formal sessions to debate the budget starting on May 21."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
The full set of details associated with the Senate Ways and Means budget for FY 2020 can be found online https://malegislature.gov/Budget/SenateWaysMeansBudget
|Senate Ways and Means budget proposal for FY 2020|
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