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By Todd Haggerty and Erica Michel

As we discussed in Friday’s blog post, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are the only states working to finalize their budget ahead of tonight’s midnight deadline to start the new fiscal year. The Massachusetts legislature today approved the compromise budget developed in conference committee.

Governor Patrick now has 10 days to review the budget, and the legislature has already passed a temporary budget to fund state programs while the governor reviews the budget plan.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate also hope to pass a new budget proposal today to send to the governor’s desk. If the budget is passed and signed a few days after the July 1 deadline, there will likely be little disruption in the state.

A series of court rulings in recent years ensure that government employees will still receive their paychecks and state services will continue to operate.

Stay tuned to the NCSL blog for more up-to-date budget information.

Todd Haggerty and Erica Michel cover state budget issues for NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs Program

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