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State Braces For Third Round Of Cuts

The governor says he'll impose mandatory furloughs and eliminate 750 state jobs as Massachusetts faces a $156 million mid-year budget deficit.

Gov. Deval Patrick says the deficit could grow by as much as another $400 million.

Patrick says he'll close the gap by using a combination of federal recovery funds, budget cuts and spending controls. The job cuts will come from layoffs, attrition and new hiring limits.

Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray each plan to take a five-day furlough.

This is the third time since October that officials have had to issue downward-revised estimates of how much revenue will be collected.

This program aired on April 14, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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