Negotiations between House-Senate budget conferees bogged down after five hours as a quick resolution of the differences between the two chambers in this special legislative session faded away. Budget negotiators reached a compromise on the budget bill funding health and mental health. Agreement seems to have been reached on the budget bill funding the state’s colleges and universities. No compromise has been reached yet on the budgets for social services and education. House Budget Committee Chairman Carl Bearden of St. Charles says the differences are significant. Senate negotiators have asked House negotiators to consider putting more money into Medicaid. Bearden says that could cost public schools. Negotiations ended late last night. They resume this morning at 8:30.
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