The House finalized its $40 billion budget late last night, wrapping up final votes just after 10:00 pm. We’re still digesting everything that happened, and will have further updates as we obtain more details. The “process” was completed in just two days, with over 1,200 amendments filed, most of which were “withdrawn” by their authors without roll calls or debate.
The budget process is broken, consolidating power in legislative leadership that places rank and file legislators in difficult positions, with most decisions made behind closed doors with little input from the public.
Very few roll calls were taken. You can view some of them, such as the roll call on Justina’s Bill, at the House Budget section of our webpage. Other important amendments included Rep. Lombardo’s amendment to require social security numbers of those staying in taxpayer funded housing, and efforts to reduce the sales tax.
We’re working hard on obtaining and publicizing roll calls, to make sure legislators are held accountable for their votes, and are forced out of the shadows. We can educate voters about their votes, which will bring forward candidates to compete against the corrupt legislators. Please make a contribution to our efforts today.
Yesterday, our Executive Director Chanel Prunier had an Op-Ed published in New Boston Post about the out-of-control cost of our MassHealth system, and Rep. Lyons and Lombardo’s plan to fix it. There will be a hearing on their MassHealth Reform Package this coming Tuesday, May 2, if you are able to attend and testify in support. Email our Public Policy Director Bill Gillmeister if interested.