The debate on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year included talk of gimmicks, phantom tax projections, missing retirement spending and how state budgeters behave like alcoholics. Here’s how it unfolded.
The General Assembly adopted a $19 billion budget early Sunday that relies on about $200 million in fund sweeps and risky savings and revenues assumptions to stay in balance – including the last-minute discovery of $75 million in “miscellaneous” tax receipts.
The state House of Representatives took a step Saturday toward curbing the property-tax exemption enjoyed by nonprofit hospitals and colleges — and what the House members hope will be a bigger step toward improving relations with the Senate.
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The new $19 billion state budget the House of Representatives is expected to adopt late Saturday relies on nearly $200 million in fund sweeps, risky savings assumptions and other gimmicks to stay in balance – including the last-minute discovery of $75 million in “miscellaneous” tax revenue.
Update: The state House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill early Saturday that sets up a system to drastically expand enrollment in public preschools over the next decade. The Senate passed it Saturday night.
Some of the issues may be large, but during these last days of the 2014 legislative session, it’s the less-than-momentous things that can matter the most.