After months of buildup, the budget cleared the house yesterday with little fanfare or debate. The 18.2 billion dollar budget funds everything from prisons to schools to state employee salaries. But just as it heads to the senate, lawmakers have already begun multifaceted discussions about next year’s budget. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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