The House begins its Fiscal 2011 budget debate next week. While we will seek to amend the budget in many ways, the major outlines of the budget are unlikely to change. Here are some answers to basic questions about the budget.
The House Ways and Means Committee has released its draft of the FY2011 budget.
According to a joint statement from House and Senate legislative leaders issued last night, local aid will be cut no more than 4% and all schools will receive foundation aid at a minimum. I will seeking specific computations as to my communities.
In my annual budget letter, I reinforced concern re local aid and health insurance reform and expressed a preference for a budget without earmarks.
News reports of yesterday’s closed-door house caucus — to the effect that cuts of roughly 5% in local aid are likely — are correct.
The flash news in the Governor’s state of the state address was that he intends to file a budget (due next week) that preserves local aid at last year’s level.