Massachusetts legislators approve $34 billion state budget that freezes tuition, fees at state colleges

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State legislators on Monday overwhelmingly approved a compromise $34 billion state budget that provides for a tuition and fee freeze at the University of Massachusetts, a raise for judges, a new assessment on motor vehicle moving violations and a significant increase in local aid.

The state House of Representatives voted 122-29, and the Senate, 36-3, to approve the budget on the first day of the new fiscal year.

The $34 billion budget is up by $1.5 billion, or 4.5 percent from this year.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who was unavailable for comment Monday, has 10 days to review and sign the budget. He may issue vetoes or suggest amendments. Legislators can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each branch.

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