Details elude lawmakers, but tentative budget plan includes education funding, public-works fund transfers

Staff writerJune 26, 2013 

There are still disagreements on policy in the budget — enough that Democrats are saying there’s no deal yet – but most of the numbers in the state budget have fallen into place.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said negotiators have settled on a deal that will provide more than $1 billion to meet the McCleary court decision ordering more funding for public schools, while also providing enough money to universities and colleges to keep them from raising tuition.

The budget would raise some tax revenue by resolving a dispute over tax breaks on telecommunications companies but would not make general tax increases, said Tom, the Democrat who leads a mostly Republican majority in the Senate.

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