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Senate panel wraps up budget

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 10 2013 07:32:43 AM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

 A Senate panel is wrapping up the state's main budget with just a few changes.
    
The $9 billion main budget bill cleared the Senate Finance and Claims Committee on Tuesday night in an 11-9 vote.
    
The panel made a few additional tweaks. It extended to more agencies an across-the-board budget cut requiring they leave 2 percent of their jobs vacant.
    
The committee also voted Tuesday to take advantage of an opportunity to expand the number of out-of-state medical school slots for Montana students.
    
The committee is still wrestling with a proposed pay raise for state employees who have been laboring under a pay freeze. And on Tuesday it also started looking at separate $100-million bill seeking to boost jobs and improve education facilities by building and improving buildings.