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TAX ON OPIOIDS, ONLINE RETAIL REFORMS INCLUDED IN BAKER BUDGET

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 23, 2019.....Gov. Charlie Baker filed a $42.7 billion budget on Thursday that features the biggest overhaul to public education funding in decades and proposes new taxes on pharmaceutical manufacturers to help pay for opioid addiction services.

The education reform, which Baker teased in his inaugural address earlier this month, proposes to spend an additional $200 million on public education this year and increase the baseline amount of money that schools district must spend on education by $1.1 billion over the next seven years.

The plan, according to the administration, would "fully" implement the recommendations of a special commission that three years ago found the state's education funding formula insufficient to meet the growing costs of health insurance, special education and services for English language learners and low income students.


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