AUGUSTA – The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee voted late Thursday night to endorse a $6.1 billion state budget for the two years starting July 1, after months of public hearings and deliberations.

The final, unanimous committee vote came at 11:18 p.m. The budget, which will come up for House and Senate votes next week, proposes tax cuts and major changes to welfare and the retirement system for state workers and teachers.

Several committee members said they will now have to sell the proposal to other lawmakers to secure the two-thirds majority votes needed in the House and Senate to gain final approval.

“You can accomplish anything when you trust people,” said the committee’s House chairman, Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop.