The Senate Finance Committee passed a budget bill this week that proposes spending about $12 billion more than the House in the next biennium. Senators are promising to hold the line on cuts to education and health services funding, even if that means tapping the Rainy Day Fund for an additional $3 billion. At first glance, House Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts says there's no way his chamber can meet the Senate halfway. 

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