August 11, 2017      5:09 PM
Senate Ed Chair Taylor promises puts $310 on the table for school finance negotiations
“The House raised the expectations that we had another $1.8 billion, but that has to be made up…You have to pay that back and then you have to come up with another $1.8 billion. It’s a $3.6 billion to the next budget.”
Sen. Larry Taylor,
R-Friendswood, unveiled a slimmed down $310 million school finance bill to
substitute for House Bill 21 this morning and hinted the chamber may be
willing to negotiate for additional expenditures, which some peg as another
$200 million in spending.
The House was ready to defer a school finance payment to the
next biennium. The Senate will only go so far as the deferral of a health care
payment, which Taylor said was the fiscally prudent choice to make going into
the next budget cycle.
By Kimberly Reeves