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Senate Budget Amendments Could Benefit Worcester County Communities

Senate Budget Amendments Could Benefit Worcester County Communities

Massachusetts State House

BOSTON – In the week-long back-and-forth debate over the Senate’s $57.99 billion budget bill, 400 of the 1,100 proposed amendments submitted by lawmakers were approved. Many have state-level implications, others are based on local concerns.

It’s not a victory… yet. The budget process now takes the spending plans prepared by the legislators of each branch; the Senate and the House merge them. There is no guarantee that amendments, no matter how favorable they are adopted by one branch or another, will form the final document. The Legislature’s spending plan must be voted on and delivered to the governor before the end of the formal session on July 31. However, the governor has 10 days to review the legislative budget and cross out items.