Mass. Governor Faces Friday Budget Deadline
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has not said directly what he will do with the state's 34-billion-dollar budget. He has to act by Friday on the spending plan. Appearing on W-G-B-H radio in Boston Thursday, Patrick said a separate-but-related 500-million-dollar transportation tax bill remains a key sticking point.
"The biggest problem with the budget is that it depends on revenues that are authorized, not in the budget, but in the transportation bill, and the transportation bill I don't like yet. There's a lot to like about that too, but it's portrayed as an 800-million-dollar bill when it's not, and that's a problem."