State lawmaker blocks $400M spending bill

WBZ-AM File

WBZ-AM File

State Representative Karyn Polito blocked plans by House Democratic lawmakers to pass a $400 million midyear spending bill for a second straight day.

The Shrewsbury Republican, who is the GOP’s candidate for state treasurer, derailed efforts Tuesday to authorize hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending bolstered by federal stimulus dollars for the current fiscal year.

Polito says the state needs to cut spending and that the bill should be discussed in a full formal session. That would also allow lawmakers to take up other matters, including casino gambling.

Governor Deval Patrick and top Democratic lawmakers have warned that failure to pass the bill soon will force authorities to close some prisons and cut assistance for homeless families.

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