9:30 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey attends MassMEDIC Impact Symposium, which the governor's office says will be closed press. | Ballroom Picasso 7, Encore Boston Harbor, 1 Broadway, Everett
10 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey makes Innovation Career Pathways announcement and tours the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center with other state officials. | 80 Terminal St, Charlestown
11:30 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey helps stock trout in Jamaica Pond. | Jamaica Pond Beach Area, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain
8 a.m. | Gov. Maura Healey participates in "Banned in Boston," an annual comedy and music revue. Other cast members include Auditor Diana DiZoglio, Rep. Tackey Chan, JC Monahan of NBC Boston, and Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe. | Roadrunner, 89 Guest St., Boston
With passage of the House Ways and Means $56.2 billion budget, Massachusetts is one step closer to major investments in education, transportation and housing.
Representatives added roughly $120 million to the bottom line of the budget passed Wednesday, mostly for local-level earmarks.
All eyes now turn to the Senate, which traditionally produces its own budget sometime in May.
And as with almost every major piece of legislation, you can bet on the Senate serving up its own version, Douglas Howgate of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said.
“The question is: What do those differences look like in terms of the magnitude and scope,” Howgate said.
When it comes to tax relief, for example, Howgate says “the themes are likely to still be the same” in terms of how to cut costs for low-income Bay Staters and also keep those with opportunities to relocate to other states.
Here’s what policy proposals budget watchdogs including Howgate tell MASSterList they’re watching as the Senate prepares to drop its own budget:
- 62F tax cap law: The House would amend the tax rebate law to send equal refunds to each taxpayer. Both Gov. Maura Healey’s and the House budgets would exempt millionaire tax revenue from 62F.
- Millionaire tax: The House would split funding evenly between education and transportation but focus on K-12 and the MBTA. Healey would focus on higher education and MassDOT-level investment.
- Tax relief: House plan largely mirrors Healey’s, but on a slower schedule.
- iLottery: House budget legalizes online wagering to fund child care initiatives.
- Pandemic programs: The House seeks to extend pandemic-era eviction protections and fund universal free school meals.
Regardless of the Senate’s take, one thing is clear: Massachusetts is making major investments in new and expanded policy.
The House spending plan is more than 13 percent higher than last year’s operating budget, yet pushed through this year’s budget with almost no discussion and with lockstep votes on every amendment as well as the overall package.
Delve into the nitty-gritty of what made it into the House budget and what didn’t with this report from Chris Lisinski of State House News Service.
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