Governor Signs FY2018 Budget- BHO Funding Spared

Governor Charles Baker has signed the FY2018 budget authorizing $39.4 billion in spending, but he also vetoed $320 million in spending that include $42 million in “earmarks”. Fortunately, the $100,000 in Operational Funding for Blue Hill Observatory WAS NOT VETOED.
After signing the budget, Governor Baker sent it back to the legislature urging lawmakers to revisit his proposals to rein in the growth of state health care spending. He asked them to hold a hearing on his health care proposals within 30 days and send back a final budget within 60 days. If legislators do not accept Governor Baker’s MassHealth proposals  Finance Chief Kristen Lepore warned that other funding cuts would likely be made.