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State Budget Includes Funds For Local Parks, Cultural Institutions


   The $42 billion budget passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and sitting on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk contains many earmarks for projects and programs in western Massachusetts.

    Often the line items inserted into the budget by Democratic lawmakers can be a veto target of the Republican governor. 

     Negotiators for the House and Senate did not arrive at a final budget until 18 days after the start of the new fiscal year.

     Baker has until this Saturday to act on the budget.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Democratic State Senator Eric Lesser of Longmeadow about the budget.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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