With less than a month until the end of the state’s legislative session, increasing discussion of the state budget is inevitable. Members of both the House and Senate, as well as Governor Parnell, have made it clear that this budget year will be tight. Cuts to a number of state programs have already been considered, and much of the discussion of the state’s operating budget is winding down.
In a major development on Friday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to add an additional $75 million dollars for education beyond what Governor Parnell had requested. Now, the total number for education is $100 million. Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair of the Finance Committee says the increase does not represent the final word on education funding.
“We want, as a group, to figure out education. We may need some time to do that. This amendment gives us time, while we are not putting the school districts too far out on a limb as we make our determination.” (more…)