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School Aid Budget Takes Next Step in Legislative Process

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, April 26, 2017

On Tuesday, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their versions of School Aid Budget. No drastic changes were made in either committee.

The only change the House made was to add funds back in for CTE early/middle college programs this year. The Governor had maintained $9 million in the budget to expand these programs but the House Subcommittee had not included it. The House budget now includes $8 million for this year, but still eliminates it for next fiscal year.

The Senate made some minor changes throughout the bill, but overall the budget remains the same as what was reported from subcommittee.

Both budgets are now before their respective chambers for a vote; we expect that to happen next week. The next consensus revenue estimating conference will be held next month and the numbers reported then will set the final targets for budgets. Treasury and House and Senate Fiscal have reported that March revenues have been down more than 10% from last year, so the revenue forecast is expected to be lowered from the January projections.

We have created a side-by-side comparison chart of some of the highlights of the three budget proposals that we will continue to update as the budget moves through the Legislature.

If you have any questions, please contact us at masbgov@masb.org.

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