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Final Votes Planned on $34B Mass. Budget

MA State Budget
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The state Legislature is poised to give final approval to a $34 billion state spending plan.

The expected votes in the House and Senate on Monday technically come after the start of the state’s fiscal year, which began at 12:01 a.m.

The state, however, is operating on a stopgap budget and likely will continue to do so for several more days while Gov. Deval Patrick reviews the spending plan and decides on which portions he will exercise his line-item veto power.

A six-member House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on the budget late Sunday. The negotiators agreed to include $479 million in funding for the University of Massachusetts, which will enable the school to avoid increasing tuition and fees in the upcoming academic year.

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