Democrats say ongoing secret budget negotiations among Republicans who control the Legislature will result in a plan that is bad for the middle class.
Democrats spoke out on Monday as Republicans continued meeting in private to reach deals on the three largest remaining items in the state budget. Those are public education funding and expansion of the private school voucher program, Medicaid and income taxes.
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to complete its work on the budget on Tuesday.
Democrats say Republicans can take three votes to improve the budget. They are calling for more public education funding and elimination of voucher school expansion, accepting federal money to expand Medicaid and craft a tax cut that benefits the middle class.