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From State House News Service

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Senate passes $39.5B state budget

The Senate wrapped up three days of fiscal 2017 budget deliberations about 11 p.m. Thursday, May 26, voting unanimously to pass an annual spending bill after adding a total of $61.3 million on the floor.

Senate President Stanley M. Rosenberg

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Senate President Stanley M. Rosenberg

“Thanks to all your advocacy this week we made additional investments in our shared priorities for an even stronger budget,” Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland, said ahead of the vote. According to her office, the new bottom line on the bill is $39.558 billion.

The House passed its version of the budget unanimously April 27 with a $39.508 billion bottom line, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


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