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During the legislative session, state lawmakers introduce and argue over hundreds of bills, but there’s only one thing they really have to do and that’s pass next year’s budget.  

State Senators begin debating the massive $20.5 billion spending package Wednesday.

CPR's Megan Verlee hits some of the highlights, from education funding to state employee salaries, and digs into a few of the details, like one office that's doubling its staff.

Explore the narrative version of the state budget here.