Lawmakers approve compromise budget bill
BOSTON (AP) — The Legislature has signed off on a compromise spending bill that includes funds for snow removal, homeless shelters and state employee health insurance.
The $364 million bill was approved Tuesday by the House and Senate after negotiators met to work out differences between earlier versions passed in both chambers.
The measure includes $50 million to pay snow removal bills left over from a record-setting series of winter storms.
Lawmakers also approved $51 million to fund emergency shelters that were in danger of running out of money, and $190 million to cover a deficit in the state’s Group Insurance Commission.
The bill includes several non-budget items, including reauthorization of a statewide grand jury and a change in the casino law that increases the threshold for winnings before gamblers have to fill out tax withholding forms.