By Bob Katzen
The Senate 40-0, approved a $55.9 billion fiscal 2024 state budget after adding an estimated $82.2 million in spending during four days of debate. The House has already approved a different version and a House-Senate conference committee will eventually craft a plan that will be presented to the House and Senate for consideration and sent to the governor.
“I am so proud that this chamber voted resoundingly for a transformative budget built on the simple principle that our success as a commonwealth is tied to the success of every single person who calls Massachusetts home,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “Massachusetts will be competitive so long as people from all over the world can come here to fulfill their dreams – whether by going back to school, advancing their career, starting a business or finding affordable housing and childcare to raise a family. At a time when our world-class educational institutions are more needed now than ever, this budget adds a new chapter in Massachusetts’ storied tradition of making education accessible to all through our Student Opportunity Plan.”
“In my five years as chair of Ways and Means, I’ve never experienced a smoother or more democratic process than the fiscal year 2024 budget the Senate just approved here today,” said Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport). “The chamber focused on an overarching goal to meet, and in many cases exceed, the pressing needs of our communities, and the commonwealth at large. This budget is a forward-thinking and responsive proposal that greatly facilitates our long-term economic health and expands access to opportunities to reinvigorate and reinvest in our workforce economy, lessen the wealth-income divide and empower our communities as we build an inclusive post-pandemic future that equitably benefits all.
(A “Yes” vote is for the budget.)
Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes