BOSTON (AP) — The Senate Ways and Means Committee released a nearly $34 billion state budget proposal Wednesday for the fiscal year starting July 1 — a spending plan significantly less than the plan Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled earlier this year.
The Senate plan includes a spending increase of $1.4 billion, or about 4.4 percent, over the current fiscal year, including $403 million in new spending on housing, education, mental health and veteran services programs.
Senate leaders said the plan will close what they describe as a $1.2 billion budget gap.
The proposal relies on new revenues from a joint transportation plan agreed to with the House last month. That proposal will generate about $500 million in new revenues, including hikes in gasoline and cigarette taxes.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens Reports