Budget Battle Costs Taxpayers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The extended battle over the state budget cost taxpayers additional dollars as lawmakers and the governor pushed decisions to the final hours of the fiscal year that ended Tuesday.

And taxpayers likely will be paying again for lawmakers to return to the Capitol with the budgets for two agencies still unapproved.

Legislative accounting officials estimate the costs totaled $406,895 after April 1, which is the approximate date regular sessions usually adjourn for the year.

But the regular session ended in early June with no budget agreement and a three-day special session was required last week to produce a budget.

Special sessions cost more than regular sessions.

House Speaker Billy McCoy said the extended budget fight was "a terrible waste of manpower and money."

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