The Senate’s amendments result in an “ending balance” of $15.4 million, with $76.5 million in new spending, while the House has an “ending balance” of $4.6 million with a net decrease in new spending of just over $71 million.

In short, there’s plenty of room for the budgeteers to fashion a deal.

Or perhaps not, if Senate Democrats get their way:

Democrats in the evenly divided Senate signaled Sunday that they will try to force another budget stalemate unless the General Assembly agrees to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

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