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  • June 26 2018

    Fiscal year (FY) 2019 begins on July 1st and budget conferees in both the House and Senate are working to complete their compromise budget in time for the start of the year. This brief outlines several of the issues that are being negotiated and examines challenges that complicate resolution.

  • June 19 2018
    Fiscal year (FY) 2018 ends in less than a month and final action to officially close out the year will likely occur before legislative session ends at the end of July. For the first time in several years, the year will end with tax revenues that significantly exceed expectations.
  • June 18 2018

    “Today is a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers because the court has upheld the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process. By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices.“

  • May 25 2018

    The Senate has concluded its FY 2019 budget debate. Over three days, the Senate considered 1,196 amendments, adding $75.5 million in new spending and 125 policy sections to the original Senate Ways and Means (SWM) proposal. The final Senate budget includes $46.02 million in total spending, $21.6 less than the final House budget.

  • May 10 2018
    The Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released its $45.95 billion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 today. This brief provides an overview of the major policy and spending provisions proposed by SWM and compares it with the FY 2019 plans put forward by the Administration and the House. The SWM budget will be debated by the full Senate the week of May 21st.
  • May 8 2018
    The Senate Committee on Ways and Means will release its budget recommendations this week. To preview some of the most important issues that budget will address, MTF is revisiting ten key budget and policy questions that will impact the FY 2019 budget.
  • April 27 2018

    This week, the House deliberated on its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, taking four days to consider and dispose of 1,400 amendments. Upon completion, the House adopted more than 500 amendments, in whole or in part, which added $79.6 million in additional spending and 67 policy sections to the HWM budget for a total of $41.55 billion in line-item spending. This represents $158.5 million more than the Governor’s spending proposal.

  • April 11 2018

    The House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) has released its $45.96 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019, its first under Chairman Sanchez. This bulletin provides an overview of this proposal, which will be debated by the full House during the week of April 23rd.