The Senate Rules Committee signed off on a package of budget bills Tuesday evening paving the way for discussion. Senate President Andy Biggs says the legislation includes 26 million dollars in corporate tax cuts. Biggs says, “these bills reflect the agreement that was made between the

Executive, House and Senate last Friday.”

The budget does not include restoration of Kids Care, the state’s indigent health care program slashed back in 2010. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Steve Farley laments, “ not having kids care, which actually doesn’t cost us any money, just seems like another example of misplaced priorities by this majority.” The Republican Biggs, who refused to allow discussion on a House Kids Care revival bill, says he’d have to wait and see what he’d do if such an amendment surfaces.

The bills go first to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Biggs hopes to have the Senate’s passage on the bills before the week ends, and Sine Die (end the session) soon afterwards.

–Barbara Villa