Baker’s budget vetoes to go before lawmakers

Martin Walsh, Charlie Baker
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during a news conference in Boston, as Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, second from right, and other looks on, after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. The leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are supposed to hear from the governor of Massachusetts on Monday, July 27, 2015. What he tells them could very well dictate the future of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts is operating under a new $38.1 billion budget, but the fate of several line items that were vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker still hangs in the balance.

The House and Senate are both meeting on Wednesday and could take override votes on at least some of the $162 million in spending vetoed by the Republican governor.

The cuts made by Baker included $38 million in funds earmarked for specific legislative districts.

Several advocacy groups are pressuring Democratic leaders to override the vetoes before the August legislative recess.

University of Massachusetts President Martin Meehan expressed disappointment after Baker reduced the system’s budget by $5 million.

Lawmakers are also expected to vote on a proposed sales tax holiday. It would suspend the 6.25 percent sales tax on the weekend of Aug. 15-16.

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