Budget Bills Filed, With Underfunding Intact

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SB 1 and HB 1, the initial Senate and House versions of the 2014-2015 budget, would continue severe cuts in public education passed in 2011, as discussed in yesterday's Hotline.  As we delve deeper into these massive bills, we'll have more to report not just on the shortfalls in public education but also on the corners being cut in TRS funding, higher education, and elsewhere in the budget plans.

Though committee assignments have not yet been announced for either chamber, it appears likely that committees will be up and running and budget hearings will begin by next week. That's when the hard work of restoring funding for education and other core public services must commence. In the meantime, the House and Senate adjourned today until January 23.

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