MA: Gov. Baker unveils $38B state budget plan

By WATD Web Editor

Gov. Charlie Baker is taking the wraps off his first state budget, a $38 billion spending plan that calls for a 3 percent increase in overall spending but includes no new taxes.

The plan being submitted to the Democratic-controlled Legislature Wednesday seeks to close what the Republican administration says is a $1.8 billion gap between projected spending and revenues in the fiscal year starting July 1.

While the budget includes more than $1 billion in new spending, the administration says it also takes a number of steps to reduce what would have been even larger increases, particularly in the state’s Medicaid program.

Officials say the plan includes a 20 percent hike in transportation funding and also calls for increases in state aid for public schools and unrestricted local aid.

– The Associated Press

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