Stage Set For Negotiations On Massachusetts Budget

The stage is set for a six-member conference committee to negotiate a final version of the state's $38 billion budget.

The House on Wednesday officially rejected the Senate version of the spending plan. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey of Haverhill, Democratic Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington and Republican Rep. Todd Smola of Warren were named to serve as House negotiators.

The Senate conferees are Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka of Ashland, Democrat Sal DiDomenico of Everett and Republican Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth.

Among key issues to be resolved is a plan for reforming management of the MBTA. The committee will be weighing proposals to create a five-member financial control board to oversee the T, and to remove the transit system from the constraints of the state's anti-privatization law.



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