The Republican controlled house initially passed the state budget yesterday after a lengthy, and at times, heated debate. The 18 billion dollar budget already cleared the Democratic controlled senate with wide bi-partisan support, but Democrats in the house largely oppose it. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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