How a bulk of Massachusetts’ spending bill will be spent

The most expensive item in the budget is $164-million for MassHealth

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker signed a $187-million spending bill into law Thursday and most of that money is going toward health care.

It’s hard to predict exactly how much everything will cost to keep state government up and running a year in advance. State lawmakers create supplemental budgets to pay for services that cost more than originally expected.

The spending bill includes about $1-million for the new state office that will regulate app-based ride-hailing companies like Uber. Another $8.7-million will go to the state education department. The most expensive item in the budget is $164-million for MassHealth.

State Rep. John Velis, (D) Westfield, told 22News, “There’s no way to sugarcoat it, it’s a lot of money. It eats up a lot of the budget, but we’re talking about critical medical services, folks. I mean, if there was one area that, as a government, I think we need to take care of it’s that.”

After signing the spending bill, Governor Baker and his wife boarded a plane to Ireland for a vacation. They’ll return to Massachusetts on Thursday.