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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Budget, Send To Gov. Baker

Jim Levulis
Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a compromise $38.1 billion budget and sent it along to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

The spending plan includes measures aimed at strengthening management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and requiring lawmakers to sign off before public money could be spent on a potential 2024 Olympics in Boston.

Approval of the budget comes a week after the start of the 2016 fiscal year. The state had been operating on a stopgap budget.

The 2016 fiscal year budget would increase overall spending by 3.5 percent over the just completed fiscal year.

Baker said he looked forward to reviewing the entire package. He said it offers a promising start to the effort to fix the MBTA.

Baker has 10 days to review the budget.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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