Monday, May 30, 2016

Alliance Legislative Report 99-47

UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ABOUT STATE BUDGET

With four days remaining before the scheduled session adjournment deadline, no state budget compromise is imminent. After a roller coaster week with reports of budget progress followed by reports of total breakdowns, the week seemed to end on the total breakdown front. The buzz Friday morning was that at least one side came away from budget meetings declaring that there was not enough time left in the session to create the “grand compromise” needed to end the year-long budget debacle. But in the Capitol, four days at the end of May can seem like an eternity.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned Friday afternoon and will return to the Capitol on Sunday afternoon.

It was an eventful week, however, regarding budget plans and funding proposals. The House approved an omnibus state budget bill (SB 2048) that would provide $700 million in new funding for K-12 education to be distributed through an “Equity Grant” based on a school district’s poverty student concentration. Currently, this is the only appropriations bill moving for Fiscal Year 2017, including a budget for elementary and secondary education.

Alliance members are encouraged to contact their legislators and urge approval of a Fiscal Year 2017 K-12 budget before adjournment. Senators should be urged to support the K-12 appropriation outlined in SB 2048.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 99-47, including a number of education funding proposals and other legislation under consideration.