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Vt. House Passes $5.2B Budget Plan

Montpelier (ap) — The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a $5.2 billion budget plan recommended by the Democratic majority of the House Appropriations Committee.

Yesterday’s 91-49 vote giving the budget final House approval broke largely along party lines.

Appropriations Chairwoman Martha Heath says the budget is “about hope and moving our state forward.”

The spending plan will now be considered by the Senate.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican Leader Don Turner says GOP members will work with the Senate to try to get some of their ideas incorporated into the Senate’s budget.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is supportive of the House plan, but he has said he would like the Senate budget writers to figure out how to make a bigger investment in child care.