The House-Senate conference committee report on the budget is now available online. The budget is now final, subject only to veto by the Governor.
The local aid numbers appear below. For an excel version, click here. In a nutshell, the conference committee accepted the Senate’s 2% cut in Chapter 70 aid and came up towards the House from the Senate’s low number on unrestricted local aid government aid. The conferees also accepted the Senate’s recommendation to allow local communities to impose an additional .75% on the meals tax and a 2% hotel tax. Those potential local revenue add-ons are not reflected in the numbers below.
Additional discussion will follow.