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The Boston Globe


House approves $34 billion spending plan

The House passed its fiscal 2014 budget late Wednesday, a $34 billion document balanced with new taxes and withdrawals from state reserves, on a party-line 127 to 29 vote.

The House vote was the most recent iteration in a game of fiscal chess between Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders. After Patrick stumped for a $1.9 billion tax increase for transportation and education spending, House Speaker Robert A. ­DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray responded with a $500 million tax hike, much narrower in scope than Patrick’s.

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