State budget deal remains elusive after new proposals unveiled
May 4, 2017
Republican lawmakers have introduced their first big-ticket revenue bills, with a month remaining in the legislative session.
But committee votes and lawmakers’ comments show it will be a tough task to find consensus – even within the Republican Party – on how to raise the nearly $1 billion that is needed to bridge the state’s budget gap and fund a pay raise for teachers.
A joint House and Senate budget committee made marginal progress toward that goal Thursday after it advanced 10 revenue bills that are expected to generate $37.5 million for next year’s budget.
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