Still No Massachusetts State Budget as Legislative Session Winds Down

Massachusetts is beginning another week without a budget.

House and Senate negotiators have been holding closed-door talks on the $41 billion spending plan that was supposed to be in place by July 1. But no deal has been reached and Massachusetts remains the only U.S. state without a permanent budget in place.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to meet with Democratic legislative leaders Monday afternoon.

The Legislature is scheduled to end formal sessions for the year on July 31.

Numerous other bills on subjects that range from health care to clean energy to an August sales tax holiday are also awaiting final action from lawmakers.

The reasons behind the budget impasse aren't clear. The state is operating under a stopgap budget that expires at the end of the month.

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