By Dick Hall-Sizemore
The money committees have reported a “conference” budget bill, which the General Assembly will probably adopt either tomorrow or Saturday.
The legislature has backed off the earlier contingency appropriations that drew objections from the Governor.
As with any budget, there are numerous moving parts. The legislature would capture savings in several areas and provide additional spending in others. Here are some of the major spending items:
- $95.3 million for K-12. The source of the money is revenue from licensing of “gray” machines or “games of skill.”
- $60 million for higher education “to maintain affordable access.”
- $11 million for a one-time $500 bonus to state law-enforcement and corrections officers.
- $379.6 million over the biennium to reappropriate some of the $2 billion in new spending earlier unalloted due to revenue shortfalls.