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Mass. Lawmakers Approve Supplemental Spending Plan

The plan is designed to let the state build up its rainy day fund to set aside money for several projects

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    Mass. Lawmakers Approve Supplemental Spending Plan
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    Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a supplemental spending plan.

    The budget approved Monday would let Massachusetts build up its rainy day fund and set aside money for infrastructure projects, including $40 million for local roads and bridges.

    The plan also includes a $10 million reserve for the Merrimack Valley to support everything from public safety to housing stability as the region recovers from last month's gas fires.

    The plan would pour $240 million to the state's stabilization fund -- also known as the rainy day fund -- bringing its total balance to $2 billion. That's the largest amount in the fund in over a decade.

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    The budget also includes $5 million for evacuees from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

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