House panel calls for $33.8B Mass. budget
BOSTON (AP) -- A House panel has unveiled a state budget that calls for about $1 billion less in total spending than proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick.
The $33.8 billion plan announced Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee would increase spending by nearly 3.9 percent over current levels. Patrick had sought a 6.9 percent increase.
The difference partly reflects the Legislature's earlier rejection of a $1.9 billion tax plan offered by Patrick that included a hike in the income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent.
The House budget -- scheduled for debate later this month -- would boost unrestricted local aid to cities and towns by about $21 million, about $10 million less than proposed by the governor.
The House plan would withdraw $350 million from the state's rainy day fund.
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