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First Budget a "First Chapter"

Governor Deval Patrick is doing the media rounds today, talking up his $26.7 billion budget for the next fiscal year. It includes cuts the Governor says are needed to close a $1.3 billion gap between revenue and what he says the state needs to spend.

The plan features funding some of his campaign promises by withholding money from the state's reserves and by increasing revenue from corporations.

Patrick unveiled the first budget of his administration at an event in Melrose last night. WBUR's Martha Bebinger was there and now reports on reaction to the speech.

This program aired on February 28, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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