AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state budget that encompasses key policy changes proposed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, including pension rollbacks and tax breaks, was on the verge of final approval Wednesday after the Senate joined the House in delivering overwhelming votes in favor of the $6.1 billion package.

“It seemed like this day would never come,” said Sen. Dawn Hill, D-Cape Neddick, before the Senate’s 29-6 vote to pass the bill. The Senate vote and House tally of 120-26 earlier in the day were buoyed by a unanimous, bipartisan recommendation by the Appropriations Committee to pass the bill.

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