Lawmakers Race To Complete Work On Budget, Other Major Bills

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BOSTON (AP) -- With the clock ticking toward the end of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse to face a mountain of unfinished business.

The Legislature's most pressing issue is passage of a $41 billion state budget for the new fiscal year that is already ten days old. Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo is suggesting the impasse be broken by approving just the spending portion of the budget and leaving discussion of policy changes for later.

The state continues operating on a stopgap budget.

The House on Tuesday is expected to take up a $600 million economic development bill, and could vote later this week on legislation to further address the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.

Dozens of other major bills are awaiting final action before the July 31 deadline.

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