The Legislative Finance Committee has present the budget recommendations for the 2014 Legislative Session.
Spending calls for $6.15 billion from the general fund, which is $253.5 million more than is expected to be spent in the current fiscal year.
Budget recommendations include:
Increase in funding for early childhood initiatives to $35 million. $50 million (1.5 percent increase) for cost of living for state, public education and higher education employees; $40 million to schools and state agencies to use for such things as pay adjustments or employee rewards.
Medicaid and Medicaid-funded behavioral health care is recommended to receive $905 million.