- Associated Press - Saturday, November 30, 2019

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are returning from Thanksgiving with one big leftover on their plate - what to do with a $1.1 billion surplus in tax revenue from the last fiscal year.

Passing such spending bills is usually a routine matter on Beacon Hill.

Legislative leaders had hoped to button down the bill before Thanksgiving but failed to meet that goal.

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The debate now carries on into December when lawmakers are typically taking a break from heavy legislative lifting before returning in earnest in January.

The beginning of the year also marks the start of budget negotiation on the next fiscal year’s budget - in this case the 2021 fiscal year.

That budget is supposed to be passed by lawmakers and signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by the end of June.

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