House Hoping To Pass Union Concessions Package Despite GOP Opposition

In a key vote on a portion of the state budget, the state House of Representatives will debate later today on whether to ratify $1.5 billion in labor concessions by state employees to help close about one-third of the budget deficit over two years. With all Republicans opposed, the vote is expected to be close because Democrats hold a narrow advantage in the House of 79 to 72. The concessions were hailed by leaders of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, known as SEBAC, but Republicans say the deal is too lucrative for state employees because it includes a four-year, no-layoff provision and extends the agreement to 2027.

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