2009 "Long Bill" State Budget

It’s the most contentious Long Bill in years as lawmakers try to find ways to cut millions of dollars out of this year’s State Budget. The official state budget — known as the Long Bill because it is, well, really long — is introduced each spring in the legislature, alternating years between introduction in the House and in the Senate. This year’s bill originated in the Senate, and after long debate in that chamber has made its way over to the House. To view the Long Bill and other supporting documents, visit the website of the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.