Mass. Lawmakers OK 10-Day Interim State Budget

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $1.25 billion stopgap budget designed to keep state government up and running while they complete work on a final spending plan for the 2012 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez has said the 10-day interim budget is designed to keep critical government services operating. Those include health care payments for children, families, unemployed adults and the disabled, and cash assistance for low-income families and seniors.

The 10-day budget will also pay for emergency services including state police operations, and will help the state continue to make its debt payments.

The House and Senate have passed separate versions of the spending plan totaling about $30.5 billion. A six-member conference committee has yet to produce a compromise budget.

This program aired on June 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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