Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that a deal on a $21.3 billion state budget has been finalized, but they didn't disclose what was cut to pay for what they described as the largest teacher pay raise in state history.
Lawmakers did note that $135 million was cut from Medicaid and the Department of Health and Human Services, but they didn't change eligibility requirements for Medicaid. Funding for teaching assistants isn't being cut, but they will be receiving smaller raises than teachers.
A proposal to regulate commercial dog breeders was dropped from the final budget, and the film tax credit will be allowed to expire, replaced by a $10 million grant fund to attract film and television productions to the state.
The full budget document is expected to be rolled out Wednesday, allowing votes in the House and the Senate to be taken by Saturday.
Because lawmakers want to adjourn by the weekend, many are considering holding a special session later in the year to debate Medicaid reform.