House Lawmakers to Hear New State Budget Proposal Before This Week's Vote

Apr 3, 2017

House budget writers will try to sell their new state budget proposal to fellow lawmakers Monday at the Statehouse.

The spending plan will be up for a vote in the full House on Wednesday.

Republican leaders of the House Finance Committee will give a rundown of their two-year, nearly $12 billion budget plan Monday morning.

Key elements of the plan include putting more state dollars towards fixing local roads and bridges, more spending on drug interdiction efforts and new revenue sources like the electronic bingo game Keno.

But Democrats argue the proposal does not include funding for full-day kindergarten or enough money to cover the state’s ongoing waitlist for developmental disability services.

And some conservative Republicans say the plan simply spends too much.

Once the budget gets through the House, the Senate will begin writing its version. The final budget is due June 30th.  

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