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State budget snag - Voting postponed till Thursday
Another day, another snag for the state budget.
And now, rather than finishing the spending plan Monday, it looks like Thursday at best.
Lawmakers expected to print the final budget bills Friday, allowing them to vote on the spending plan Monday. That way they would finish the budget six days before the April 1 deadline — and before Passover began.
But no bills were printed Friday, officials confirmed Saturday. Legislative officials said the hold up was about "small details," not a major fallout.
So they have canceled sessions that were scheduled Sunday and Monday, and instead will return Thursday, after Passover. That would still give them enough time to beat the April 1 deadline.
Lawmakers said they had reached a tentative deal last Wednesday, but clearly not everything is close to nailed down.