Supplemental Budget Bill Approved 

(AP) – The bulk of the bill earmarks money for health and human services, including funding for hospital payment settlements and Medicaid program shortfalls.

The package passed in the House of Representatives on a vote of 138-5 and was approved 34-0 in the Senate.

Democrats and Republicans alike lauded the display of bipartisanship and professed hope that the same spirit would carry through deliberations on a6.4 billion-dollar General Fund budget put forth by Governor John Baldacci for the two-year cycle that begins on July 1st.