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House not looking to budget for tax reform

THE CENTERPIECE OF Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget proposal in January was a bill to give Massachusetts taxpayers $700 million in tax breaks – with breaks for seniors, renters, low-income taxpayers, parents of dependent children, and anyone forced to pay the estate tax or tax on short-terms capital gains.   Don’t expect the same when the […]

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Walsh, council in budget showdown

THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL and Mayor Marty Walsh are in a high-stakes budget standoff fueled by the pandemic, policing issues, and political positioning a year ahead of a mayoral election.  The council is scheduled to convene on Wednesday for its final meeting before the city’s fiscal year ends on June 30, with some councilors threatening […]

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Baker tries to nudge House and Senate toward agreement

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has seen House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s offer of a barebones closeout budget deal to break a logjam on Beacon Hill and, like any confident poker player, raised the stakes a bit to pay for priorities that aren’t strictly speaking deficiency spending. After a private meeting on Monday between Baker, DeLeo, Senate President […]

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DeLeo: There will be no budget filed Tuesday

THERE WILL BE no budget agreement filed Tuesday, two days into fiscal 2020, but House and Senate negotiators haven’t reached an impasse and are trading proposals back and forth, according to House Speaker Robert DeLeo. On his way into the State House with Rep. Paul Donato on Tuesday afternoon, DeLeo held out hope that a […]