Thursday, April 21, 2011

JFC Axes 21 Non-fiscal Policy Items from Budget

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has identified 46 non-fiscal policy items in the executive budget. The proposed policy changes run the gamut of state agencies, but the lion’s share (15 of them) affect K-12 schools, either public or private. The Governor has proposed repealing a number of state requirements for school districts to help make up for cuts in state aid.

The Joint Finance Committee's co-chairs announced yesterday that they are eliminating 21 of the 46 non-fiscal policy items from consideration, stating that these items “should instead be considered as non-budget legislation by other standing committees.” Among the policy items rejected by the committee were provisions that repealed selected mandates for public schools.

Tamarine Cornelius

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