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.”
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.
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