Dempsey: Budget conferees finalizing annual spending plan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 25, 2014…..Before the House approved a $4.6 billion temporary budget, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Brian Dempsey said Wednesday that a House-Senate committee was finalizing recommendations on an annual spending bill and suggested an agreement was days away.

“We are making tremendous progress,” Dempsey said, making his case for a temporary budget to give negotiators more time to finish their work and to factor in the ten days that Gov. Deval Patrick is allotted to review bills before announcing any vetoes or amendments.

The new fiscal year begins on July 1, next Tuesday. Annual budget deliberations on Beacon Hill began back in January when Patrick filed his annual spending plan.

Dempsey, a Haverhill Democrat, told House members he believed they would be pleased with the budget accord. “It has been a very good conference,” he said.

The annual spending plan will likely weigh in at around $36.4 billion.

The temporary budget will facilitate the delivery of local aid payments, Dempsey said.

The temporary budget, which was approved on a voice vote, will finance state government operations for 30 days.

“It will allow us to continue our progress on the conference committee report and report back to you with our recommendation hopefully very very shortly, perhaps the beginning of the week,” Dempsey said.

Rep. Marc Lombardo of Billerica attempted to force a recorded vote on the bill’s passage but was unable to convince enough of his colleagues to stand and require that type of vote.

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