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Hearing On State Budget To Be Held In Western Massachusetts


Massachusetts legislators will be in Greenfield   Tuesday for a hearing on Governor Patrick’s $34.8  billion dollar state budget.

Republican State Senator Michael Knapik, a member of the joint Committee on Ways and Means says he agrees with targeted spending increases for transportation infrastructure and education, but the revenues are problematic.

Governor Patrick has proposed an overhaul of the state’s tax structure to raise revenue by $2 billion dollars. The hearing at Greenfield Community College,is one of a series of 8 taking place around the state to examine different aspects of the budget. This one will focus on education and local aid

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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