Massachusetts lawmakers last week passed a $28.2 billion fiscal 2009 budget, a plan that increases spending by $900 million compared to the $27.3 billion fiscal 2008 budget.

The spending plan includes additional funds for municipalities and educational programs. Local governments will receive $935 million of aid and another $3.95 billion will support Chapter 70 funding for school aid, a $223 million increase over last year's allocation, according to a joint press release from the Conference Committee assigned to draft the final version of the fiscal 2009 budget.

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