SOMERVILLE REPRESENTATIVES VOTE ON $39.15 BILLION FISCAL 2017 STATE BUDGET (H 4450)

 

By Bob Katzen

   House 150-3, Senate 38-1, approved a conference committee’s compromise version of a $39.15 billion fiscal 2017 state budget. The conference committee reduced expected revenues by $750 million and cut $413 million in proposed spending. Those actions were in response to warnings about unexpected ever-decreasing revenue projections.

   Supporters of the budget said it is a balanced one that makes vital investments in the state while continuing fiscal responsibility.

   Some opponents said that the budget does not make sufficient cuts and argued that state spending has grown too much over the past few years. Others noted they opposed spending taxpayer money on government services given to illegal immigrants.

   (A “Yes” vote is for the budget. A “No” vote is against it.)

 Rep. Christine Barber Yes Rep. Denise Provost Yes Rep. Timothy Toomey Yes Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes                             

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