The Massachusetts House continues to work on Beacon Hill this week on amendments to the chamber’s spending plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in fiscal year 2020.
The Chair of Massachusetts Senate’s Committee on Ways and Means, Mike Rodrigues, explained to WSAR the democratic process of compiling this budget and briefly walked through the amount of hands the budget will go through before its conclusion this Summer.
“It’s a very open and deliberate process,” he said. “ The governor has his turn, then the house has their turn then the senate has our own turn on putting together recommendations on how best to spend the 43 million dollars of taxpayer money into the fiscal year budget.”
Rodrigues continued, “The governor then gets another bite at the apple and has full ability and authority to line item veto anything.”
But, with the next part of the process Rodrigues explained that the Massachusetts House and Senate can then overturn vetoes if they wish. He told WSAR that this is what makes the democratic process so great.
“In the legislature, we have the option and the ability to override a veto if we choose,” the Ways and Means Chair stated. “That’s how the democratic process works. It is what is so comforting about working in Massachusetts - you don’t see any heated, angry partisan rhetoric being spewed by either democrats or republicans, though, the media tries to stir things up once in awhile. We can agree to disagree across the aisle. It’s a great process and works well here in Massachusetts."
The conference committee is selected every Spring and spends each Summer locked away producing a final version of the budget that will go to both chambers with no amendments for an up or down vote.