After the holiday weekend it's back to business on Beacon Hill, with the state budget a top priority. Both the state House and Senate have approved their versions, which now head into the next phase of negotiations.
Lawmakers from both chambers will be chosen to sit on a six-member conference committee. The committee will meet — behind closed doors — to resolve differences between the two spending plans, or, at least, to reach a compromise.
Noah Berger, executive director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, joined Morning Edition Tuesday for some analysis.
This program aired on May 31, 2011.