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Massachusetts

Rank: 16 (Previous Rank: N/A)
Budget gap (as a % of the total budget): 9.20%
Total gap: $2.6 billion
Gap before budget was approved: $1.2 billion
Additional midyear gap: $1.4 billion

The state has been hit hard by the housing downturn and the weakening economy. It has proposed cuts to education and health care but is now facing an even larger-than-expected shortfall and is considering additional cuts.