Republicans and some Democrats passed a $28.4 billion state budget plan that increases overall spending by 2.3% over the current year. It does not include numbers from possible changes contained in pending liquor, transportation and pension legislation.
The House and Senate appear to be locked in a game of chicken over liquor reform and transportation spending. Both chambers recessed Saturday night after aborting key votes on those issues.
A bill that would expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act cleared the Health and Welfare Committee. If its GOP supporters stick with it, it has the votes to pass the Senate.