Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker unveiled his budgt proposal for FY20 on January 23, 2019.
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Last week, Massachusetts House lawmakers unanimously passed a $135 million midyear spending bill. It was the first major piece of legislation that was taken up in the new session. 

There’s some good news for local brewers in Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed biennium budget, which would cut the alcohol beverage tax on craft breweries in half.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Around this time last year, the Massachusetts legislature was well into its budget hearing process. But not this year.

Gov. Ned Lamont proposed a $43 billion, two-year state budget Wednesday that establishes tolls, shifts more pension debt onto future taxpayers, deals another blow to hospitals, but also closes a multi-billion dollar shortfall without raising the income tax.

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The idea of taxing groceries in Connecticut is meeting with a chilly response. It's uncommon among states in the region.