Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last week announced the state could face an additional $556 million deficit by June 30, the end of fiscal 2009, and plans to close the gap through federal recovery funds, spending cuts, and layoffs and furloughs.

Officials currently estimate a $156 million budget gap and expect that shortfall to increase by $400 million by the end of fiscal 2009, due to underperforming revenues. The state collected $13.41 billion of total revenue from July 1 through March, $117 million below estimates and $979 million less than the same period last year, according to the Department of Revenue.

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