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Tiffany Hopes Impass Over Budget Will Be Resolved


The state's Joint Finance Committee has come to an impasse when it comes to approving the biennial state budget.

There have been talks about the assembly and senate working on the state budget separately. State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), who is a member of the Joint Finance Committee, says he's optimistic it won't come to that. "We haven't done that since I've been in the legislature," said Sen. Tiffany.

"I guess that I would say at this point, we're hoping that it doesn't get to that point. If it does, we'll deal with it at that point. But, it's certainly possible for either house to pass a budget bill, if they choose to, on their own."

Sen. Tiffany says the committee had been making good progress on most of the budget to this point.

"We've got agreement on a variety of issues that we've been voting on here, the Department of Health Services, the Department of Natural Resources, part of it. Many of the other agencies, we've steadily been working through it. Hopefully we can get back to finishing off the budget here in the next couple weeks," he said.

The two biggest issues that have come up are education and transportation funding.

Sen. Tiffany says it is possible the Joint Finance Committee could reconvene on Thursday but that decision won't be made until Wednesday.

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