The House of Representatives has passed a two-year, $46.7 billion state budget in a bipartisan vote. The deal was reached between Democratic leaders in the General Assembly and Gov. Ned Lamont. Lawmakers say the package will help guide the state as it continues to emerge from the pandemic. The budget benefits from an historic infusion of federal COVID relief funds and an improving state economy. While there are no tax increases in the plan, there are spending increases in numerous areas, from education to municipal aid.