Legislators spent yesterday debating the bill and gave it
tentative approval after making few changes from the proposal put
forth by their budget committee. The only significant change made
yesterday was a restoration of some $16 million in aid to public
The Senate has passed its own version of the budget bill, and
negotiators will draft the final version.
The measure makes adjustments to the budget for the fiscal year
that ends June 30. Less than half the changes are spending cuts,
the rest come from accounting changes and refinancing state bonds.