" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a $34 billion state budget that includes additional aid for cities and towns and enough funding for the University of Massachusetts to avoid a tuition increase in the upcoming academic year.
The House voted 123-29 and the Senate 36-3 on Monday to accept a compromise budget agreed to by House and Senate negotiators after several weeks of closed-door negotiations to resolve differences between versions that passed earlier in both chambers.
The state’s new fiscal year began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, but the state is operating on a stopgap budget and likely will continue to do so for several more days while Gov. Deval Patrick reviews the spending plan and decides on which portions he will exercise his line-item veto power "
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