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Governor Deval Patrick Signs State Budget

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into a law a $32.5 billion state budget and also vetoed millions for several programs.

The spending plan signed on Sunday includes vetoes totaling $32.1 million for a human services salary reserve, the probation and mental health departments and other programs.

Patrick signed the budget nearly six months after he filed his initial spending proposal. House and Senate negotiators agreed last week on a final version.

The state has been operating under an interim budget while Patrick and top aides took the full 10 days to review the spending plan, which calls for no new taxes but withdraws $350 million from the state’s so-called rainy day fund.

Patrick also filed a supplemental plan setting aside about $20 million to support a popular sales tax holiday in August.

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