The state's $38 billion budget was approved by both the House and Senate this week. It aims to close this years projected $1.8 billion shortfall.
"The legislature chose not to raise taxes and fees to close that budget gap, but instead pursued a series of reforms and belt tightening that we thought was a better way to go," said Gov. Baker.
The budget now sits on his desk, awaiting vetoes and amendments. It includes a reduction in state spending growth, an extension of a tax credit for low-income workers and a three-year suspension of the "Pacheco Law."
"We're very pleased with those items as well as attacking issues such as, most importantly, substance abuse and providing more funds for early education and other investments," said Mass. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
Renee Loth, editor of Architecture Boston and columnist for The Boston Globe.
- "On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts released new documents about the use by some local police forces of SWAT teams, armored vehicles and military-style assault weapons."
- "State lawmakers are taking a vote on a $38.1 billion budget agreement Wednesday. Among the key measures is a change to a 22-year-old law about privatizing government services."
- "Rebecca Kaczynski doesn’t fit the traditional image of a heroin addict. The daughter of a bank vice president and an assistant school principal, she grew up in a loving, intact, upper-middle-class family in the Central Massachusetts town of Dudley."
This segment aired on July 10, 2015.