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Senate Approps: Your cheat sheets

Posted May 24, 2011 8:24 p.m. EDT

The Senate budget committee meets at 10am Wednesday to take up proposed amendments to their version of H200, the state budget plan.

If you're wondering where the Senate and House budgets differ, you've basically got two options: You can do a page-by-page comparison of the two chambers' bills and money reports, at maybe 500 pages apiece. Or you can take the shortcut provided to you by the Fiscal Research Division.

For today's Senate subcommittee meetings, FRD prepared the documents below, showing where the House and Senate differ in the six major budget areas.  

This depth of information isn't usually available until both chambers have passed their own versions of the budget and are headed into conference committee to work out the details. Even then, it's not usually this comprehensive. So major kudos to Fiscal Research and Senate leadership for making these comparisons available online today.  

But they're tucked into various folders on six different committee websites, so I figured I'd just put together a master list here, in one place.  

House versus Senate cheat sheets:

-- Education spending and scholarships
-- General Government spending and policy
-- Justice and Public Safety spending, organizational chart, and court costs
-- Transportation spending and policy
 
Please note: These comparisons don't capture all the differences between the House and Senate versions. For example, there's no chart here for tax cuts, reserve and pension spending, rainy day savings, or other special provisions that aren't specifically related to a budget line. But hey - it's a start, right?