The state Senate will open debate Monday on next year’s budget with a plan that spends $4.2 billion for operating governmental agencies. The difference in the budget totals between the Senate and the Governor is $208 million. The House passed a budget three weeks ago that also cut the governor’s level of spending – but the two plans differ on where those cuts should be made. After the Senate finishes work on its version, a final budget will be put together in a conference committee.
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau