Senators file hundreds of state budget amendments

Amendments have been offered by Democrats and Republicans

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is gearing up for a lengthy discussion of the $38 billion state budget.

Debate on the spending plan outlined by the Senate Ways and Means Committee begins on Tuesday. Members have filed 942 proposed amendments on topics ranging from taxes, to the MBTA to Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid.

Amendments have been offered by Democrats and Republicans to expand the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income families.

GOP leader Bruce Tarr filed an amendment to create a financial control board to temporarily oversee the MBTA, a key element of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the transit system. Democratic leaders are backing a revamped state transportation board but have expressed opposition to a separate control board.

Republicans are also pushing amendments to bar state funds from being used for the Olympic bid.

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