State Budget Passes Committee 

Early Tuesday morning, state budget negotiators reached a compromise that passed unanimously, and is now on it’s way to the Senate.State workers have been spared from a pay cut.Budget negotiators decided to scrap a plan to impose a one-time 5% decrease in their salary.Instead, the appropriations committee has moved back to a plan that would rely on government shutdown days: 10 in each of the coming two years.It’s expected to save close to 14-million dollars.The revised package would also freeze merit and longevity pay, for additional savings of close to $12 million more.And, it would introduce employee contributions for health insurance.