Baker to Sign Budget, Name Board to Oversee MBTA

massachusetts state houseBOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to sign the state’s $38.1 billion budget and take a key first step toward his goal of overhauling the troubled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

The spending plan creates a five-member financial control board to oversee the Boston-area transit system for three years. Baker proposed the control board after a winter of record-setting snow crippled service.

In addition to approving the budget on Friday, Baker says he’ll name the control board members.

The budget is for the fiscal year that began on July 1 and is the first to be signed by Baker, a Republican who has promised to address what he called a “spending problem” in state government.

The budget also calls for a doubling of the earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

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