On Thursday, the Joint Budget Committee passed several bills which collectively will spend over $21 million of the expected $120 million surplus from the current fiscal year.

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The bills devote $5 million to public school facilities for open enrollment charter schools.  Another $5 million will be directed to matching grants for broadband for public education.

Under the proposal, the Health Department will receive $2 million of the surplus for its Breast Care Program.  And close to $10 million will go to the Department of Correction for county jail reimbursements, compensation pay for employees, and operating expenses to open 200 additional beds.