The Senate Committee on Ways and Means unveiled a $42.7 billion budget today, making “record” investments in education and including a new tax on opioids and e-cigarettes.

“Each line item, each number is more, much more than just a number,” Senate President Karen Spilka said in a budget briefing this morning. “It is a statement of the Senate’s priorities and our values and what we hold dear. It’s a reflection of that.”

Though budget proposals from the Governor and the House boost elementary and secondary education funding, the Senate put down the most money with a proposed $5.176 billion in Chapter 70, $268.4 million more than the previous fiscal year.

“When I say record I mean record, unprecedented investments,” Spilka said.

The contribution “represents a

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