After a heated debate over proposed cuts to state agencies, lawmakers on the joint budget reached a compromise yesterday. The committee is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, and is pushing up against a deadline to introduce the budget next week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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