The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will soon begin formulating its own version of the state budget. The JFC could begin taking votes on its version of the budget as early as next week. The GOP holds 12 of the 16 seats on the committee because they hold majorities in both the Senate and Assembly.
They reportedly plan to hold executive (voting) sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the two houses of the Legislature are not meeting in scheduled floor sessions. No indication yet as to when K-12 education funding will be taken up.
We expect that before the committee takes any votes, it will release a list prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) staff of “non-fiscal policy items” included in the proposed budget, and that it will likely vote to remove these items from the budget bill.
Budget papers, also prepared by the LFB staff, typically guide and inform this decision-making process. These are released in advance of any votes on the subject area covered by the budget papers. We will provide an update as soon as the budget papers related to K-12 education are posted online.