PACE QUICKENS FOR SESSION ADJOURNMENT

Paul Fogleman,

House and Senate Committees are grinding out a long list of bills as talk of a June 30 adjournment date circulates in the Legislature. But the 800-pound gorilla—the budget bill—has yet to make an appearance. Some legislators expected reports from appropriations subcommittees to be released this week, with top leaders working over the weekend to thrash out a final version. With no new money allocated to some committees the negotiations are expected to focus on public schools, salaries, retirement reserves, and policies.

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