Sen. Barbara Anne Washington’s Legislative Column for the Week of April 25, 2022

Sen. Barbara Anne Washington’s Legislative Column for the Week of April 25, 2022

Week of April 25, 2022 Senate Passes Budget to Set Up Final Negotiations with House On April 26, the Senate approved its version of the FY 2023 state operating budget, adding more than $1 billion in additional spending authority over what the House of Representatives had approved. The two chambers must now negotiate a final spending plan with just days to go until the May 6 constitutional deadline for completing the budget. The Senate version of the operating budget includes $45.1 billion in spending authority – substantially more than the $43.9 billion House version. Key Senate additions to the budget include an additional $214 million to fully fund the state’s share of local public school districts’ student transportation costs for the first time in three decades, plus $27 million to increase minimum pay for public school teachers to $38,000 a year. While the main appropriations bills are on a path to final passage, a separate $2.58 billion spending measure to allocate federal pandemic relief funds remains to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee. With a tight timetable to send the main budget bills to the governor, lawmakers still have a lot of work to do to finalize how the pandemic relief funds should be spent before session ends. If the General Assembly does not pass the bill in time, the governor could call an extra legislative session for lawmakers to finish the job after the regular session ends on May 13. A Week of Long Debates This week, […]

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