Governor Charlie Baker signed a $326 million spending bill into law Monday, boosting funding for the state’s Medicaid program, the troubled Department of Children and Families, county sheriffs, and programs to address the scourge of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts.
In addition to the $326 million in spending, the bill, which closes the books on the fiscal year that ended in June, also deposits $120 million toward the state’s rainy day fund and another $113 million to help pay down some of state’s debts early.
Those actions have been championed by budget watchdogs.
“I am proud to sign an end-of-year supplemental budget that makes investments to combat opioid abuse and support the mission of DCF, while also depositing money into the [rainy day fund] to bolster our commitment to fiscal responsibility,” the governor said in a written statement.
The governor also vetoed two sections of the legislation.
He nixed a change in Medicaid payment rates that would have boosted how much some, but not all, home health agencies receive.
And he excised a mandate on how a certain small pool of money had to be spent.