Mass. House Approves State Budget Proposal With $500 Million In New Taxes

April 25, 2013 4:44 PM
Mass. House Approves State Budget Proposal With $500 Million In New Taxes
" BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has passed and sent to the Senate a $34 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The spending plan was approved late Wednesday night on a 127-29 vote after lawmakers considered 900 amendments over three days. Most of the amendments were rejected, withdrawn, or consolidated into other proposals.

The budget includes $500 million in new taxes, including increases in the gasoline and cigarette taxes, approved earlier by the Legislature as part of a transportation finance plan "

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