BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Senate has given final approval to its version of the state budget, setting the stage for negotiations with the House over the $34 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Senators passed the budget on a 36-3 vote just before midnight Thursday after adding more than $68 million in spending over two days of debate.
The budget contains about $500 million in new revenues, including higher gasoline and cigarette taxes that were part of an earlier transportation financing bill.
Among the key differences to be resolved in the House and Senate versions of the budget is the level of spending for the University of Massachusetts. Both plans increase funding, but the House included enough additional money to allow the university to freeze tuition for the academic year.
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