House Budget Week

House Budget Week

Transportation Finance Conference Committee AppointedState representatives have filed 888 amendments to the bill drafted by House budget chief Representative Brian Dempsey.
In past years, under House Speaker Robert DeLeo, most budget amendments have been grouped into subject categories and resolved during private talks among House members before votes on bulk, bundled amendments.

The House budget’s bottom line is $1 billion lower than the plan offered in January by Governor Deval Patrick, with most of the difference accounted for by Patrick’s inclusion of nearly $1 billion in education investments fueled by the governor’s $1.9 billion tax proposal.

The House and Senate appear poised to advance spending plans lacking the major education investments sought by the Governor, but have committed to $500 million in new tobacco, gas and business taxes to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending on transportation and to avoid near-term MBTA fare hikes, including $265 million for fiscal 2014.

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