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Chamber submits testimony to the state budget conference committee

On June 14, 2017, Chamber President Jim Rooney submitted a letter to members of the state budget conference committee that has been working to reconcile the differences between the House (H.3601) and Senate (S.2076) FY 2018 spending plans.

The Chamber supported further investments in training and workforce development programs, along with funding for the early education salary reserve account. As part of the Chamber’s efforts to connect regions across Massachusetts, we also supported a feasibility study to examine the benefits and costs of a high-speed rail line between Springfield and Boston.

The Chamber opposed a provision which would have changed the way rates are set for emergency out-of-network ambulance providers and a provision that accelerates the remittance of sales tax. In a separate coalition letter, the Chamber opposed a section which would establish and fund a tax expenditure review commission under the control of the State Auditor.

View the Chamber's entire letter to the conference committee here.

View the Chamber’s coalition letter on a tax expenditure review commission here.