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Legislature Moves Budgets Forward

May 11, 2021

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees reported budgets bills this week as the legislature continues to work to complete budgets for the upcoming 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, beginning on October 1, 2021.

The Senate Appropriations Committee reported all 17 budgets on Wednesday, during which they considered over 100 amendments. However, a majority of those budgets remained the same as they did when reported by subcommittee. Items within the budgets including capping the salary of the director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency at $99,000/year and flexibility for college entry examination testing dates due to the ongoing pandemic.

The House Appropriations Committee reported a series of budgets, including the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, Higher Education, and Community Colleges which had contentious debate during the week leading to the final vote where many issues of concern were addressed, at least in part.

The full House and Senate are set to move the budget bills out of their respective chambers next week.

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