Crucial Vote

An important vote is scheduled Monday in the state Senate on whether to accept the terms of a concession package negotiated with state employee unions. Observers are watching the vote of three Democrats considered to be moderates. All three votes are needed to ensure an 18-18 tie that would presumably be broken in favor of the agreement by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Republicans have been urging rejection. They claim additional savings can be achieved by changing the laws governing collective bargaining with public employees. Proponents of the deal say it will save the state $1.6 billion.