- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has passed a midyear budget adjustment bill that boosts spending for the current fiscal year by about $12 million.

The House on Friday approved the package on a 110 to 33 roll call vote. More than half of the money - about $7 million - goes to meet growing demand on the state’s Medicaid program.

The money is coming mostly from higher-than-expected revenues coming into the state’s coffers.

An amendment Friday accounts for even more additional revenues than were factored in when the House gave the bill preliminary approval on Thursday.

Earlier calculations did not account for $1 million coming into the state under its property transfer tax.

Finance and Management Commissioner James Reardon said he was pleased that the bill adhered closely to what was requested by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

There was a bit of controversy during House debate about $500,000 earmarked to furnish new offices in Barre for the Agency of Education which is moving their from its current quarters in Montpelier.

Another amendment approved on Friday affected the Clean Energy Development Fund, clarifying that money from the fund can be used to support the increasing use of electric and natural-gas-fueled vehicles in Vermont.

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