BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $43.1 billion state budget nearly three weeks into the new fiscal year.
The spending plan passed the House unanimously and the Senate with only one dissenting vote on Monday.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker now has 10 days to review it and make any line-item vetoes. He’s in Denver at Republican Governors Association meetings, but his spokesman says the administration will carefully review the plan.
The proposal is larger than the $42.7 billion budget Baker initially proposed. It’s also a 4% increase over last year’s budget.
House and Senate negotiators released their compromise plan only Sunday.
For the second consecutive year, state lawmakers earned the dubious distinction of being the last with a July 1 fiscal year to send a budget to their governor.
(Copyright (c) 2023 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)