The Massachusetts Senate is likely to spend several days considering a $34 billion state budget proposal.
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.
The budget includes $500 million in new taxes, including increases in the gasoline and cigarette taxes, approved earlier by the Legislature as part of a transportation finance plan.
The state Senate has passed a transportation finance bill calling for a $805 million boost in state spending on roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
A group of anti-tax protesters has been evicted from the Senate gallery after briefly disrupting debate Saturday on a transportation finance plan that calls for about $500 million in new state taxes.
The Senate plans a rare weekend session to consider the latest version of a bill that would pump more money into the state’s aging and debt-ridden transportation system.
Gov. Deval Patrick derided a $500 million transportation financing plan offered by legislative leaders as a “fiscal shell game,” and said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk in its current form.
Jon Keller spoke with Kirsten Hughes, Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party about the candidates in the special Senate election.
Massachusetts TV viewers faced a new onslaught of political ads as the U.S. Senate special election campaign kicked into high gear on Tuesday.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Sullivan has delivered voter signatures to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.