House and Senate begin talks on $42.7B state budget

June 5, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Negotiations between Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers over differences in a proposed $42.7 billion state budget are taking place behind closed doors at the Statehouse.

A six-member conference committee led by Democratic Sen. Michael Rodrigues, of Westport, and Democratic Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, of Boston began talks on Wednesday aimed at settling on a final spending plan in time for the new fiscal year on July 1.

Rodrigues and Michlewitz are both negotiating their first annual budget after being named earlier this year to chair the Senate and House Ways and Means commitees, respectively.

While overall state spending is roughly the same in the House and Senate versions of the budget, there are several key policy differences, including the Senate’s plan to freeze tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts system.

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