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House passes its state budget proposal

Posted June 5, 2008 11:51 a.m. EDT
Updated June 5, 2008 3:42 p.m. EDT


— The House has given final approval to its own budget proposal for the coming year by another wide margin.

The chamber voted 104-10 on Thursday in favor of the $21.3 billion spending plan and sent it to the Senate for consideration. On Wednesday, the House gave initial approval by a similar vote.

The plan would adjust the second year of the current two-year budget and would take effect July 1.

While the bill's passage was largely bipartisan, House Democrats helped push back two Republican amendments.

One would have repealed a provision in last year's budget that gave counties the option to raise land transfer taxes if local voters approved. The other amendment would have required a statewide vote before more than a half-billion dollars in debt would be authorized.