Budget compromise out

Posted May 31, 2011

Late last night, the Senate posted its budget compromise.   You can find the bill here, and the money report here. According to the legislative website, it will be presented in Senate Appropriations this afternoon.

I haven’t had a chance yet to read through it all, but many of the teacher assistant cuts appear to be gone. The latest deal strikes the earlier $390M in cuts specifically targeted at teacher assistants, although it adds back another $100 million or so in cuts to general LEA funding.

The budget for K-12 has gone from $7.22 B to $7.46 B, so they’ve added in another $240M total.

The budget's overall new bottom line is $19.68 billion – about halfway between the Senate's $19.4 B proposal and the gov’s $19.9 B plan.

Looks like they've reduced the tax cut package by about $50 million, removing the quarter-percent income tax cut but keeping the exemption for the first $50,000 of business income.  They've also taken back next year's corporate tax money earmarked for school construction for another $72 million.  I'm still looking for the rest of the money.

There must be some other changes, too, since the new bill is substantially shorter than the last version.  As I find them, I'll post here.   

UPDATE: More details here.  


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  • driverkid3 Jun 1, 2011

    Why is it that 40 to 56 years ago, a teacher could handle a class size of 30-35 kids and now can't handle 20-25 kids without a teachers aide? What's changed? Seems like they are letting computers teach kids; what are the teachers doing? Is it that the parents don't take a hand in their kids education anymore? Someone, please explain this to me.

  • rfowens Jun 1, 2011

    Looking through the budget proposal, I was dismayed to see that, although the state is adding five instructional days to the school calendar, it is still mandating school to begin no earlier than August 25 and ending no later than June 10. In essence, this eliminates ALL teacher workdays during the school year, period!!

    As a veteran teacher, I can attest to the fact that these days are very important to give teachers the opportunity to meet with parents, to network with fellow teachers, to attend professional development opportunities, and other essential tasks. Removing these days will lead to a great increase in teacher absenteeism during the school year.

    I urge those in power to remove the ridiculous restrictions on the start and ending dates for the school year, so that educators can develop a calendar that will work best for the school community.

  • stanmak May 31, 2011

    why make any cuts? just keep growing the programs and services that our tax dollars fund, then when we get in a hole, just raise our taxes. that is the answer! grow government programs and raise taxes!