Smokers will need to shell out $1 more for a pack of cigarettes. Drivers will need to hand over another 3 cents per gallon at the pump. But students at the University of Massachusetts will be spared an increase in their tuition and fees.
These are some of the everyday financial implications built into the $34 billion spending plan approved by lawmakers, and sent to Governor Deval Patrick on Monday for his approval. The budget relies on about $500 million in higher taxes on tobacco, gas, utilities and certain computer services that businesses purchase.