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During an event celebrating the state’s investments in cultural attractions in Pittsfield Monday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he and his staff are still reviewing the $36.5 million budget state lawmakers approved last week. The spending plan includes increases to the embattled Department of Children and Families as well as state education an

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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.

The spending plan includes a one-time payment to North Adams for emergency budget relief.

State lawmakers agreed to send $750,000 to the city of North Adams to support its $37.7 million budget approved by city councilors last week. The plan took nearly 20 people off the payroll across school and city departments.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final budget to lawmakers last week. The $36.4 billion plan proposes increasing spending by 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final state budget to Beacon Hill lawmakers, which proposes increasing spending by 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year. The 2015 fiscal year spending plan expands early education, helps close the achievement gap in schools, ensures affordable health care, and addresses youth and urban violence.

The plan includes a $205 million increase in education funding, with money for full-day kindergarten.