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No Budget Deal Yet On Beacon Hill

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston
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The new fiscal year has arrived in Massachusetts with no deal in sight on a state budget.

Talks have gone into overtime on Beacon Hill where the legislature failed to deliver a budget to Governor Charlie Baker before July 1st.  A conference committee is attempting to reconcile differences between the separate budgets passed months ago by the House and Senate.

              Senator Eric Lesser said a month-long interim budget is in place to keep state government functioning.

" But I don't think anybody is interested in a prolonged series of delays as we move into summer and state agencies need to do their planning," he said.

An aide to Baker said the governor is not yet concerned about the delay in settling on a new budget.

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