Our state Legislature finished up its 2011-2012 business on Monday and starts a new two-year session today. The Legislators will be sworn in (including 3 newly-elected Senators and 16 newly-elected Representatives), and, in all likelihood, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo will be re-elected to their leadership positions.
Other significant dates this month are January 18th, the deadline for legislators to file bills, and January 23rd, the deadline for the Governor to file his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year (fiscal year 2014, which runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014).
Some big issues await. Will decisions made in Washington on the federal fiscal cliff impose new burdens on the states? How to pay for needed road, bridge and public transportation improvements? Is it time to increase the minimum wage? Is this the year that the state lets all its workers earn time off to recuperate from illness?
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