The Arkansas Senate has approved the state's $4.7 billion budget for the coming year, as lawmakers try to wrap up the legislative session by a self-imposed Friday deadline.

The Arkansas Senate has approved the state's $4.7 billion budget for the coming year, as lawmakers try to wrap up the legislative session by a self-imposed Friday deadline.

By a 24-9 vote, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday outlining agency spending for the budget year that begins July 1. The measure heads to the House, where an identical version of the bill is also pending.

The legislation is nearly identical to the budget proposed by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe in January. It calls for a $114 million increase in the Medicaid budget and $56 million more for public schools.

Work on the budget stalled last week after Republicans pushed for more spending cuts. Lawmakers hope to end the legislative session on Friday.