To end impasse, lawmakers consider divided state budget

July 9, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislative leaders may try to end the current state budget impasse through an unusual separation of spending and policy matters.

Lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo suggested Monday that the Legislature send Republican Gov. Charlie Baker a stripped-down version of the $41 budget that would include only line-item appropriations, which the House and Senate appear to largely agree on.

That would leave more controversial policy proposals on issues such as immigration to be debated separately.

Senate President Harriette Chandler, also a Democrat, called DeLeo’s suggestion a “starting point,” but added she still hoped for a broader agreement on both spending and policy matters.

The leaders spoke after meeting privately with Baker at the Statehouse.

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