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After Delay, State Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal

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House and Senate leaders have reached a deal on a roughly 7 billion dollar budget after weeks of tense negotiations that practically ground the state capitol to a halt. Democrats were fed up with the talks and had threatened to break protocol and introduce a separate budget this week. But both sides eventually agreed to a compromise.KUNC's State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.