Thursday, October 22, 2020

In the News: another one month budget extention for FY 2021

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a new temporary budget to keep state government running through the end of November, a plan that landed as lawmakers were reviewing his revised $45.5 billion annual spending plan.

The $5.4 billion bill would be the state’s third interim budget for the fiscal year that started in July, and its passage will give lawmakers a few more weeks to put together a budget for the remainder of fiscal 2021.

The governor has said he wants the House and Senate to return a finished budget to him by Thanksgiving."

"Without revealing how the Legislature would respond to the revised annual spending plan Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled last week, Senate President Karen Spilka on Wednesday praised Beacon Hill’s decision to “hit pause” on the state budget process.

Delaying negotiations about the fiscal 2021 state budget from the usual springtime schedule, she said, allowed legislative leaders and the Baker administration to get a clearer sense of how the pandemic will impact the state’s financial outlook before deciding on how to close any shortfall.

The delay has also meant Massachusetts is one of the last states without a budget so deep into the fiscal year."

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