House and Senate Democrats have a handshake agreement on a budget deal after overcoming an impasse over a subsidy for athletic scholarships.
House Speaker Joe Hackney and Senate Leader Marc Basnight met Saturday to break through the wall negotiators had reached over the $10 million scholarship provision and other minor details in an $19 billion budget.
The House wanted to end the five-year-old subsidy, which applies the in-state tuition rate to out-of-state athletes, which means athletic booster clubs have to raise money less money for scholarships.
The budget would eliminate a provision inserted by the House that would have also removed the subsidy for academic scholarship programs.
The budget compromise is expected to be published this evening in time for both chambers to read it in tonight. Votes could come Tuesday and Wednesday.
Other provisions include: