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Committees pass budget bills for FY2010 fix

Committees pass budget bills for FY2010 fix

The Journal Record

By Sean Murphy
Associated Press

Posted: 12:02 AM Friday, February 19, 2010

– Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders forged a fix for this year’s budget crisis on Thursday, using federal stimulus funds and money from a state savings account to prevent trooper furloughs and ease cuts for education, health care and prisons.

Special budget committees in the House and Senate approved several funding bills to close an estimated $284 million hole in the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. As a result, supplemental funding will be given to state agencies that oversee education, health care, public safety, corrections and rehabilitation services.

While state agencies across the board have seen their budgets decrease by 7.5 percent this year, the supplemental funding will lessen the cuts in the targeted areas.

The funding bills still must be voted on by the full House and Senate and signed by Henry... FULL ARTICLE

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