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Senate and House File Base Budget Bills

01.17.2017 — Today Sen. Jane Nelson filed SB 1, the Senate’s base budget. The bill appropriates $103.6 billion. Highlights include:
  • Continuation of current funding formulas for public and higher education
  • $2.65 billion for student enrollment
  • Increase in the Instructional Material Allotment (IMA) of $29.6 million
  • Increase for high-quality pre-K of $32 million
  • $5 million for a new program designed to help students pursue careers in technology (Pathways in Technology Early College High School [P-TECH])
  • Maintenance of current funding level for Communities in Schools program
  • Increase of $260 million for Child Protective Services
  • Continuation of $800 million for border security
  • Additional allocation of $25 million for high-caliber bullet-proof vests for peace officers
View the Senate press release.

The House also filed its version of the state’s budget on Tuesday. The House plan appropriates $108.9 billion over the biennium. Highlights of the House budget include:
  • Funding for enrollment growth for approximately 165,000 students
  • Increase of $1.5 billion for public education that is contingent upon the passage of legislation that reduces recapture and improves equity in the school finance system
  • Increase of $268 million for Child Protective Services
View the House press release.