Speaker Says Western Mass The Place To Be

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert  DeLeo is coming back from a trip to Springfield.  

DeLeo delivered a  speech to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts on  Thursday. 

The Speaker talked about spreading economic  growth from Boston to western Massachusetts, touching on the Baystate  Business Link initiative in the House.  

DeLeo also repeated his  opposition to Governor Charlie Baker's proposed fee on businesses that  don't provide adequate employee health insurance.

And, while in Springfield, The Speaker says that the legislature will adhere to the wishes of the public when it comes to recreational pot is concerned.  

But DeLeo was not as specific when it came to when.  He says lawmakers are up against the wall as they usually are when it comes to dealing with the budget, so it is unclear whether they will take up the issue in this legislative session.

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