Although this legislative report is not very long this week – the activity at the General Assembly was fast and furious as legislators took up a variety of controversial items, the Senate released and passed its budget, and the Medicaid Reform waiver was completed and sent to the Feds under great fanfare.The Senate approved their $22.2 billion budget for the next fiscal year early Friday morning by a 26-13 margin. The Senate budget includes more funds for teacher raises than the House budget did, and would increase the standard deductions on personal income tax two years faster than the House plan. To help cover the cost of these changes, state employee raises and a cost-of-living increase for retirees were cut.┬áRead the full report here.