Session reaches half-way point

NEIGHBORS: The House and Senate wrapped things up Thursday night and are at the the half-way point of the session.  Here is a summary of some of the bills passed by the House and Senate this week.  Still no progress on a budget or tax bills. They have been dealing mostly with social bills, election bills, gun bills, and other miscellaneous bills….

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Budget, tax, and bills update

NEIGHBORS: Next Friday is “turn-around” day at the Capitol. It marks the half-way point of the session.  By then each house is supposed to have passed most of its bills.  The House and Senate sort of trade bills at this point and consider each others’ bills during March. Neither body has done much yet, but there are dozens of bills…

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Capitol update

NEIGHBORS: We haven’t seen any proposals yet on the budget, but it was an interesting week.  Lots of hearings and executive actions to tell you about. If you like this newsletter, tell your friends.   We need to keep the truth out in front. STATE EMPLOYEES SEE CHANGES The Governor and his Secretary of Administration made sweeping changes this week to…

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Governor cuts school funding

NEIGHBORS: To avoid defaulting on the state’s bills, the Legislature passed a bill to cover shortfalls in our current 2015 fiscal year that ends June 30.  Details below. In breaking news, the Governor’s office just announced it is cutting higher education and public schools by $44.5 million between now and June 30. I don’t have much good news to report…

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Bills impacting you

NEIGHBORS: Things are starting to move at the Capitol.  The House and Senate are working on bills to clean up the 2015 fiscal year that ends June 30.  They had a $278 million deficit to fix and things got worse as we learned that revenues fell short by $47 million in January. WORK ON THE 2015 BUDGET With the January…

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