House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The committee’s chair, stateRep. John Otto, R-Dayton, and the 27-member committee’s  work earned the praise of House Speaker Joe Straus, who said HB 1 is “a responsible,  disciplined plan that sets the right priorities for a growing state. It addresses education and transportation, it increases transparency and it will allow the House to provide meaningful  tax relief.” 


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