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2007 Senate Bill 237: Appropriations: 2007-2008 school aid budget
Introduced by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R) on February 21, 2007
To provide the “template” or “place holder” for a Senate Republican version of a Fiscal Year 2007-2008 multi-section school aid budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them. Note: The governor's proposed budget is contained in Senate Bill 263, and is premised on the legislature adopting a 2 percent tax on services which along with other tax increases and a proposed reduction in business taxes represents a net tax hike of approximately $1 billion.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 21, 2007
Substitute offered in the Senate on September 23, 2007
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that proposes a budget that cuts some "categorical" spending items, and holds per-pupil foundation grants at the same level as the current year.
The substitute passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on September 23, 2007.
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Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on September 23, 2007.
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To adopt a Fiscal Year 2007-2008 school aid budget that provides no increases in per-pupil foundation grants to schools (rather than the $289.7 million, 2.5 percent hike proposed by the governor and approved by the House), and cuts various "categorical" spending items, including $20 million in extra money for school districts with declining enrollments, $20.0 million for extra middle school math programs; and $28 million to schools with high numbers of students from low income families (“at-risk funding”) by $28.0 million, or 9 percent.
Received in the House on September 23, 2007
Motion by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on September 23, 2007
That the bill be placed on the order of Third Reading of Bills. The defeat of this procedural step was to allow the House to create a counter-proposal to the Senate-passed version. This occurs in the context of a tax hikes vs. spending cuts budget battle.
The motion failed 30 to 78 in the House on September 23, 2007.
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Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on October 9, 2007