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GA House passes $18 billion budget

ATLANTA (AP) - The House has approved an $18.25 billion spending plan that boosts health insurance premiums for state employees and teachers by 20% but also restores some money for school nurses and low-income Medicaid recipients.

The House voted 132-33 to approve the spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

It now heads to the Senate.

The state is grappling with the loss of some $1 billion in federal stimulus dollars. Including the loss in money from Washington, the budget is $1.7 billion leaner than the one for the current year.

Republicans called the plan fiscally-responsible for tough economic times.

Some Democrats voted against the plan, arguing it unfairly impacted children, senior citizens and the poor.

House Bill 78: http://www.legis.ga.gov

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