Mass. House unveils $36.2 billion budget

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House leaders released a proposed $36.2 billion budget Wednesday that increases funding for drug treatment, higher education, and local aid, but rejects Governor Deval Patrick’s push for new taxes and trims some of his priorities, including early education programs.

The budget represented a cautious and incremental blueprint, with some targeted spending increases but no jarring policy shifts that could anger key constituencies in a year when members of the House are gearing up for reelection this fall.

“It’s a budget that takes small, positive steps guided by good values, but doesn’t face some of the challenges we’re facing,” said Noah Berger, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a liberal research group.

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