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SENATE BUDGET BILL DRAWS MIXED REACTION FROM ADVOCATES

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 17, 2016......Fresh off advancing a $39.49 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in July, the Senate's budget chief on Tuesday touted areas of increased investment, but offered little detail about how her committee kept overall spending in check.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee bill, set to hit the floor in front of the full Senate next week, boosts spending on education and child welfare, but still comes in with a bottom line just below the House version passed in April.


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