House lawmakers Wednesday night gave their tentative approval of the proposed $22.2 billion state budget. Debates over these spending bills tend to be hard fought partisan affairs. But a strange thing happened with this budget, the House seemed to be hit with a bout of congeniality.
These days, the bar for what is considered a truly bipartisan bill is pretty low. But the house budget was truly passed in a bipartisan way. The vote was 103-12. Thirty Democrats voted for the budget, the most since Republicans took over the chamber in 2011.