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Thursday Wrap: Blind men and an elephant

Posted May 25

— When you draw up a $22.9 billion state budget but only roll out sections and hold back key details, it's hard for people to get their arms around it.

Much like the old story of the blind men and the elephant, where each could feel only one part of the animal and offered wildly different assessments of what it was, critics of the House budget proposal had a difficult time blasting the spending plan on Thursday because they still aren't sure what it is.

Information on tax cuts and raises for teachers and state workers won't come until the full budget is rolled out next Tuesday, but some key differences with the Senate budget have already emerged, such as smaller and less targeted cuts to the state Department of Public Instruction and Department of Environmental Quality.

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