Mass. Budget Deal Appears Close As House, Senate Schedule Friday Sessions

Mass. budget deal appears close as House, Senate schedule friday sessions

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House and Senate scheduled formal sessions for Friday afternoon amid signs late Thursday pointing to a potential deal between Democratic legislative leaders on an overdue state budget.
The scheduling announcement came at the end of Thursday’s uneventful informal sessions and as lawmakers try to end days of indecision and agree on an annual budget, which was due on July 1.
Budget negotiators have expressed optimism about an agreement for days and reported progress. The big question is how did conferees account for an expected revenue shortfall, unaddressed in bills that passed this spring, that Senate Minority Leader …

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