Massachusetts prepares for Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline

With the Aug. 2 deadline looming on the debt ceiling crisis, Massachusetts officials are drafting an emergency plan to ensure that the state will be able to pay their bills. The following Boston University experts are available to comment:

Fred Bayles, Associate Professor of Journalism at BU’s College of Communication. An expert on Massachusetts politics, he is the Director of the State House Program. He can be reached at 617-353-7736 or

Tom Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Science at the College of General Studies, is an expert in American politics. He is a regular contributor to PoliticoArena. He can be reached at 978-888-3131 or

Kevin Lang, Professor of Economics at the College of Arts & Sciences. He can be reached at 617-353-5694 or