Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick faces a Friday deadline to take action on the state’s budget.
The $34 billion spending plan approved by the state legislature is balanced in part by $500 million in taxes contained in a separate transportation finance bill. Governor Patrick and legislative leaders are at odds over that bill, with the legislature not scheduled to take up Patrick’s proposed amendments until next week. The governor won’t say if he’ll veto large amounts of spending in the state budget as a result of the impasse.
Massachusetts has been operating on a interim budget since the new fiscal year started July 1st.