Massachusetts House, Senate Leaders: Final Budget Deal Near

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate say they’re hopeful a budget deal is near.

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.

No deal has been reached and Massachusetts remains the only state without a permanent budget in place.

Senate President Harriette Chandler said both sides are working hard and are trying to come up with a final budget as quickly as possible.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s disappointed a final compromise plan hasn’t been reached, but said he too remains hopeful.

Both leaders spoke with reporters Monday after a meeting with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

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

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