The Senate issued its $22.9 billion proposed budget this week, having first unveiled it with an 11:58 p.m. release on Tuesday night. After hearings in multiple Committees this week the budget bill was passed along party lines, with the final vote coming around 3:00 this morning. The Senate budget includes another round of tax cuts (the 6th since 2011), millions more into savings reserve and relatively modest raises for teachers and State employees. It also contains a significant amount of policy, much of which was lifted from other pieces of legislation currently before the General Assembly. As expected, the first legislative budget proposal released this year (the House and Senate take turns each session) was a statement of priorities, and a marker of sorts that the other chamber (the House in this case) will spend the next few weeks responding to. Read the full report here.