Governor Baker releases $44.6B state budget proposal

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BOSTON (AP) – Governor Charlie Baker has released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year that begins July 1.

The plan unveiled Wednesday includes a proposed increase in a per-ride assessment charged to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. The plan also includes a new oversight board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, a modernization of tax collections, and a $310 million deposit into the state’s “rainy day fund.”

The ride-hailing proposal would increase the per-ride assessment from the current 20 cents to $1, with 70% going to the state and 30% going to cities and towns

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