BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are returning from Thanksgiving with one big leftover on their plate — what to do with a $1.1 billion surplus in tax revenue from the last fiscal year.
Passing such spending bills is usually a routine matter on Beacon Hill.READ MORE: National Weather Service Forecasts Milder Than Average Winter For New England
Legislative leaders had hoped to button down the bill before Thanksgiving but failed to meet that goal.
The debate now carries on into December when lawmakers are typically taking a break from heavy legislative lifting before returning in earnest in January.READ MORE: Boston Shares Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips: 'Encourage Your Children To Wear Masks Underneath Their Halloween Masks'
The beginning of the year also marks the start of budget negotiation on the next fiscal year’s budget — in this case the 2021 fiscal year.
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