Vermont Senate to consider $1.4 billion budget

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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.


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