- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - The next stop for the proposed state budget is a six-member conference committee charged with hammering out the differences between the Massachusetts House and Senate versions of the spending plan.

The goal is to have a final version of the budget on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

The Senate approved their version of the $40.8 billion budget on Thursday.

Senate Democratic leaders say their budget makes targeted investments, while limiting the use of one-time revenue sources and protecting the state’s rainy day fund.

Senate leaders say the budget takes steps to contain health care costs, invests in low income housing and homelessness services and directs investments to local aid and community services.

The budget doesn’t include any broad-based tax hikes.

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