Massachusetts legislative leaders agreed on a budget — for the next three months

Members of the Senate and House Committees on Ways and Means announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a 16.5 billion three-month interim budget to fund the state through October.

The Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker agreed on a one-month budget in June to fund the state through the end of July.

“We are committed to finalizing a full-year budget that is fiscally responsible and responsive to the needs of our state, but key to developing that budget is further clarity around potential federal action, our economic recovery and continued trajectory of COVID-19,” Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, who serves as chairman on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Sen. Michael J. Rodrigues, who serves as chair on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, said in a joint statement Tuesday.

“Monitoring these outstanding issues, as well as the full scope of our revenue shortfall and resources, is our top priority and once better information is available, we will take action on a final FY2021 framework,” Michlewitz and Rodrigues said. “In the meantime, we believe this approach is the most prudent and responsible path forward.”\

*** This Article was written by Michelle Williams and published on on 7/28/20 ***