Baker files interim spending plan as budget talks continue

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a temporary budget to keep state government running through the end of next month while lawmakers work to come up with a final spending plan.

In a letter to the House and Senate, the Republican governor urged passage of the interim $5.3 billion budget by next Tuesday to ensure the state continues to meet its obligations when the new fiscal year begins July 1.

A tax revenue shortfall has complicated negotiations over a final version of the full-year state budget, creating doubt as to whether an agreement will be in place by July 1.

The Baker administration revealed last week that tax revenues are now expected to miss previous estimates by up to $750 million in the new fiscal year, resulting in possible spending cuts.

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