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BOSTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts Senate are preparing to unveil their state budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a morning executive session and press conference Wednesday to detail the proposed spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.

The Senate budget follows the release of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed budget and the $36.2 billion state budget plan approved by the Massachusetts House earlier this month.

The House plan raised overall state spending by about 5 percent without new taxes and offered additional resources for the state’s embattled child welfare agency.

Once the Senate approves its version of the budget, both House and Senate plans will be reconciled into a single budget to be sent to Patrick for his signature.

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