MONTPELIER (AP) - What are expected to be the last two weeks of this year's Vermont Legislative session get under way Monday with the Senate considering a $1.4 billion spending plan for the fiscal year to begin July 1.
The biggest Senate change from a plan the House passed last month is boosting an increase in payments for Medicaid providers from the .75 percent passed by the House to the 2 percent requested by Gov. Peter Shumlin.
The change approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday left the Senate's Finance Committee to come up with a way to raise another $3 million in tax revenue.
Differences between the Senate and House versions of the budget will need to be worked out in a legislative conference committee.