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Gov. Charlie Baker's state budget proposal holds the line on subsidies to the financially strapped Boston area transit system

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker's state budget proposal holds the line on subsidies to the financially strapped Boston area transit system.

The $39.6 billion spending plan unveiled Wednesday would provide $187 million to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in the fiscal year starting July 1.

That's the same amount the MBTA is set to receive in the current year.

State Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore points out that the fiscal control board created last year to oversee the T did not ask for additional state subsidies.

The board is considering other steps, including fare hikes, to erase an operating deficit and modernize the aging system that struggled during last winter's record snowstorms.

The MBTA by law receives about 16 percent of the proceeds from the state's sales tax.

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