MASSACHUSETTS -- In his final budget address, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick outlines his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
Patrick's $36.4 billion plan increases spending by just under five percent.
The governor says his plan expands early education, helps close the achievement gap in schools, and addresses youth and urban violence.
Included in the proposal is a $205 million increase in education funding and $1.1 billion increase in higher education funding.
To balance the budget, the plan calls for pulling $175 million from the state's rainy day fund.
That leaves the fund with an estimated $1.2 billion balance at the end of the 2015 fiscal year.