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Gov. Patrick Signs $34 Billion State Budget

Dwight Sipler

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget today, but not without vetoing more than $400 million in spending.


   Governor Patrick vetoed $240 million in funding for regional transit authorities, and $177 million in local aid to cities and towns.  The governor says the budget is out of balance because he and legislative leaders are at an impasse over a separate  transportation finance bill.

   Patrick said Friday the vetoed spending can be quickly restored  once a compromise is reached on the separate bill to raise  taxes on gasoline, tobacco, and computer services.  Legislative leaders have said they won’t make changes the governor insists on to account for the eventual elimination of turnpike tolls.

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.