- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - State senators hope to complete work on a $36.2 billion state budget before the Memorial Day weekend.

Lawmakers on Wednesday are scheduled to begin sifting through nearly 1,000 amendments proposed to the spending plan the Senate Ways and Means Committee unveiled last week.

The plan for the July 1 fiscal year calls for about $77 million less in spending than the budget approved several weeks ago by the House. But some additional spending is likely to be added on the floor during debate.

Neither the Senate nor the House has proposed new taxes.

Senate leaders are seeking increased funding for substance abuse treatment and for the state Department of Children and Families. The agency has been under scrutiny following the deaths of several children whose families had been monitored by the state.

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