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Last week the Senate worked late into the night to complete their version of the fiscal 16 budget. After two days of debate the Senate took to bundling amendments in order to assure a Memorial Day weekend completion and the unofficial beginning of summer..
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.