House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.
House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
Teachers came prepared to talk about budget uncertainty and teacher retention. But Sen. Chris Birch wanted to talk about unions.
The House passed the operating budget along caucus lines Thursday, April 11, after restoring funding for a State dairy inspector and school bond debt reimbursement.
Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) said that rather than fund dyslexia screening, he could check out a library book to learn to recognize dyslexia. He then moved to cut library operations.
House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.
House Finance rejected Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard's (R-Wasilla) attempt to cut an additional $41 million from AMHS and $56 million from the University.
A new committee substitute adopted Monday preserves K-12 funding and school bond debt reimbursement. The House sought to cut the latter by 50 percent.
The House Finance Committee received its final subcommittee reports Tuesday, March 26, including from the departments Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed to cut the deepest.
Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.
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