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Vt. House gives final OK to budget bill

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A $5.2 billion state spending plan will head to the Vermont Senate after winning final approval in the House Friday.

Representatives split mostly along party lines in the 91-49 vote.

Republican opponents say there's too much spending in the bill, saying it would be more prudent not to fund new programs and refill reserves.

The $27 million in new taxes to help fund the budget caused Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, to joke that he'd rather jump off a building than see the plan enacted.

Rep. Shap Smith, D-Vt. House Speaker, says he's proud of the plan put forth, and hopes to convince the governor.

"In the end I hope that he'll come to the table rather than go to the rooftops. I think it's probably something that we'll have some back and forth and give and take on, and I think we can resolve things by the end of the session," Smith said.

Shumlin may hope for changes in the tax plan in the Senate. Finance chairman Tim Ashe says members of his committee are still evaluating the House proposals. He added that he would like to see proposals to raise added revenues simplified.

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