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Massachusetts lawmakers OK final state budget
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget.
The House voted 144-7 vote in favor of the spending plan. The Senate later gave final approval to the budget on a 38-1 vote.
The budget rejected an effort to expand the state's bottle deposit law to include sports drinks and other beverages. A question that would expand the law is heading to the November ballot.
The budget also includes about $73 million in casino licensing and slot parlor revenues despite a separate ballot question that could repeal the 2011 casino law.
Monday is the last day of the fiscal year, although a bill has already passed to continue the operations of state government.
Gov. Deval Patrick has up to 10 days to review and sign the budget, and make any vetoes to the plan.