A bill has been passed in the state House of Representatives that would establish a biannual budgeting process for education. Representative for House District 78 Jarad Klein says those who support the bill feel it would address problems they see with the current setup.
Right now, the legislature needs to set allowable growth for district’s within 30 days after the governor submits his budget. Klein says this has led them to pass funding levels they would later have to make cuts to, because other parts of the budget weren’t dealt with yet.
He explains the proposed bill changes this process so allowable growth is set for two year periods during the first year of general assembly. He says this way they can also see if the money they’re allocating is having the impact it’s intended to.
The bill still needs to go through the Democratic controlled Senate.