Gov. Maura Healey is out of town — traveling to attend the National Governors Association summer meetings in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
10 a.m. | Cannabis Control Commission meets today for a virtual public meeting.
10 a.m. | Boston Mayor Michelle Wu attends the 28th-anniversary ceremony for the Robert A. Georgine Towers, an affordable apartment complex for older adults. | Robert A. Georgine Towers, 100 Ferrin Street, Charlestown
10 a.m. | Today it's House members of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to hear testimony on 31 bills related to decarbonization that Senate members heard earlier this week as the committee remains split. Room A-1 and Virtual
11 a.m. | Families, early educators and providers rally at the State House for "affordable, accessible, high-quality early education and child care" as several bills lay before the Legislature. | Grand Staircase
1 p.m. | Lawmakers wade into the AI discussion when the Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity hear testimony on 40 bills including Sen. Finegold's bill seeking to regulate ChatGPT and other AI chatbots. | Room B-2 and Virtual
Lawmakers are expected to pass a nearly $700 million supplemental budget today, with earmarks for hospitals, collective bargaining, special education and a hydropower project critical to meeting the state’s 2030 climate goals.
The new spending proposal comes as the waiting game on the state’s FY 2024 operating budget and tax relief continues. Both the House and Senate hold formal sessions today — the House’s first since passing a state budget in April. Negotiations on a final spending plan for the fiscal year that started this month are ongoing and could linger into late July or beyond.
State Sen. Michael Rodrigues’ office, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, told MASSterList that the “budget is still a work in progress.”
The wide-ranging $693 million supplemental bill features a five-year extension to the simulcasting wagering law, updated language regarding the hiring process for school nurses, and a section that House Speaker Ronald Mariano’s office says will allow state energy regulators to update five-year-old contracts related to a hydroelectric transmission project in Quebec.
The legislation calls for $180 million to support “fiscally strained hospitals” as many acute care centers face ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mariano’s office said the cash — up to $91.4 million in funds for a Medicaid supplemental payment program for eligible hospitals and $58.5 million in support to hospitals serving a high percentage of Medicaid patients — provides urgently needed financial support to particularly vulnerable hospitals.
The largest chunk of the new spending proposed by the House calls for about $226 million to cover nearly three dozen collective bargaining agreements with public-sector employees across a range of agencies and departments.
Healey has signed one mid-year spending bill so far, a roughly $1.1 billion package she approved in March.
The spending in the current proposal would come from a “transitional escrow” account officials built using unspent surplus dollars from prior years and federal pandemic relief money.
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