State surplus packaged in roads, schools

By Marianne Goodland


The first leg on the road to the 2018-19 state budget finished Thursday when the House voted to approve the $28.9 billion Long Appropriations Bill and 18 accompanying measures that help balance the budget.

Included in that package is a bill — House Bill 1340 — that puts into action a $495 million boost to transportation funding in 2018-19, but that measure was amended by House Democrats in a way that drew strong criticism from Republicans and portends what might happen to the bill when it gets to the Senate on Monday.

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