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The House took less than 30 hours to complete deliberations on the budget and the 1100 amendments presented. In the end the budget totaled about $38,1 billion and did not increase taxes while holding spending growth to about 2.8%.
Day one of budget debate was highlighted by attempts to lower both the income and sales taxes. Amendments, which would have lowered taxes, were soundly defeated yesterday. The controversial film tax credit was allowed to remain. Governor Baker called for the end of the credit.
As the House begins budget debate with nearly 1,100 amendments filed, there was good news on the revenue front. Numbers for the first half of April (normally the biggest month for revenue) were up $118 million versus the same period last year.