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House increases college, local aid

Proposal rejects Governor Patrick’s push for early education expansion

House leaders proposed a $33.8 billion budget Wednesday for the upcoming fiscal year that would boost funding for higher education and local aid but would reject Governor Deval Patrick’s push for universal prekindergarten, one of his top priorities.

The plan represents a second setback for the governor, after House lawmakers earlier this week scuttled his $1.9 billion tax hike for education and transportation in favor of a $500 million tax increase focused more narrowly on shoring up the MBTA and regional transit authorities.

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