After months of working on a new two-year state budget – the big moment has arrived. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the final version Thursday.
The $11.7 billion spending plan is more or less the same version the full Senate passed earlier this month but it spends slightly less. It also spends less than the Governor’s version and one considered by the House.
This budget includes more money for mental health services, development disabilities treatment and a scholarship fund for in-state college students as well as cuts to the state’s business taxes.
House and Senate Finance members crafted this final version last week. Now, members of both bodies - roughly 400 members of the House and 23 Senators - will have their chance to weigh in Thursday.