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August 7, 2017      5:45 PM

House lawmakers double down on commitment to use Economic Stabilization Fund

Craymer tells Approps: “We think the ESF has become more of a trophy than an item of public policy…It is something that folks like to brag about the size of the balance, but it was not intended for that.”

Conservative Mike Openshaw served as a fairly effective proxy for the Senate this morning as House Appropriations dug in on a handful of bills to divert revenue out of the Rainy Day Fund.

If the regular session left any doubt as to the philosophical gap growing between the House and Senate on using the Economic Stabilization Fund, this morning’s hearing put that to rest. A trio of high-ranking Republicans – Reps. John Zerwas, Larry Gonzales and Dan Huberty – underlined the lower chamber’s willingness to use ESF to underwrite education issues.

By Kimberly Reeves

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