The General Assembly will begin review of a $43 billion budget, with debate expected to begin Monday

Legislators were studying a massive, 567-page budget bill Sunday night that they plan to debate Monday after a months-long struggle over balancing a two-year, $43 billion fiscal plan. Legislators must pass the state budget before the General Assembly session ends at midnight Wednesday. The budget raises state spending slightly and closes a two-year projected deficit of $3.7 billion. It does not include cuts to municipal aid and includes a number of tax and fee increases. State income tax rates do not increase under the budget bill.

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