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Lawmakers to vote on state budget today

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Posted at 8:01 AM, Apr 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-17 13:06:01-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Virginia's months-long budget battle could finally come to an end Tuesday, possibly easing the worry of local government and school leaders across the Commonwealth.

The House of Delegates and Senate will meet Tuesday for a final vote on the $85 billion spending plan.

It is expected to pass the House, but the margin between votes for and against the proposal could thin out in the Senate, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.  GOP Lt. Governor Bill Bolling can not break ties over budget issues, instead the majority 21 votes are needed to pass a spending plan.

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Democrats used the even divide earlier this year to trump budget-passing efforts, but political analysts believe at least one Democratic senator plans to vote in favor of the proposal this time, which would allow it to pass.

Until the state budget is passed, some state-funded programs are at a standstill with its own budget awaiting a decision on Virginia's spending plan.

The House and Senate will meet at 3:00 pm to vote on the budget.  However failure to adopt a spending plan by July 1st, could lead to a government shutdown.