July 5, 2017

Editorial: Lack of budgets bad sign for Mass., other states

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Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Top state leaders, including Lt. Gov. Polito, Speaker DeLeo, Gov. Baker and Senate President Rosenberg have plenty to think about these days.

When Massachusetts legislators failed to produce a budget for the fiscal year that began on Saturday, there was little-to-no uproar.

After all, Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers had previously agreed on a $5.5 billion interim budget to carry the commonwealth through July.

As legislators hammer out their differences in a budget likely to exceed $40 billion, they do so against a backdrop of lower-than-expected revenue in an economy that keeps creating jobs.

Lest you think this problem is specific to Massachusetts, news since Saturday shows it is more widespread than you would think. And this is not good.

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