As lawmakers begin vetting Governor Charlie Baker’s MBTA overhaul proposal, the House today dig’s into nearly 1,100 amendments proposed to the $38 billion House Ways and Means Committee fiscal 2016 budget.
Buried in snow, Massachusetts residents, businesses and the government itself are struggling to regain their form and will attempt to make progress today, when most K-12 students are due back in classrooms and the MBTA hopes to make some noticeable gains in its recently dismal service levels.
With more snow in the forecast the House last Thursday preemptively scheduled a session for Friday, aware that it may not be possible to hold their usual Monday session. It was the kind of scheduling maneuver that might not have happened weeks ago, but it appears lawmakers are adapting to the reality that Mother Nature is making it tough to even get to Beacon Hill.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is living up to his budget manager billing. The new governor has been on the job for more than two weeks and has yet to file any legislation to advance his campaign pledges, focusing instead squarely on the state budget crisis he inherited.