State passes general fund budget

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The state Senate today passed a 1.1 billion dollar general fund budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st.

It passed on a 29-1 roll call vote, with Republican Kevin Mullin of Rutland voting no.

The budget calls for attempts to rein in Corrections Department spending by closing Vermont’s most expensive prison – the Dale Facility for Women, in Waterbury, and moving its inmates to Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington.

It also provides $287 million for the education fund, in a bid to hold down local property taxes.

The budget now goes to a conference committee, where differences between the Senate bill and the House version will be ironed out.

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