Beacon Hill hopes to shield local aid, school aid from cuts

BOSTON (AP) — Beacon Hill leaders say they’re hoping to close a budget gap without cuts to school aid, opioid addiction programs or aid to municipalities.

Nearly everything else was up for debate Monday as Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators were scrambling to come up with a revised budget to send to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker says many municipalities have already set their budgets based on the current local aid numbers.

Among those items up for discussion is whether the state should have another sales tax holiday. Recent sales tax holidays were popular with retailers and shoppers, but they could cost the state up to $28 million in revenues this year.

The state is facing an estimated drop of up to $750 million in revenues for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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