The Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a $33.8 billion state budget that boosts spending on higher education and local aid.
The proposed budget is $ 1 billion less than what Governor Deval Patrick recommended. Committee vice-chair Democrat Stephen Kulik of Worthington says the only new taxes are the ones approved by the full house earlier this week for transportation.
As the Massachusetts House is set to begin debate today on a proposed $32 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, anti poverty activists are decrying proposals they claim will erode the social safety net. WAMC'S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.