Budget on front burner

Rep. Steven Johnson
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The first week of the 2018 legislative session opened with much discussion of the budget. The appropriations (budget) committee is one of the few with a full schedule. We have been receiving updates from agencies and overviews of budgets and revenues.

The governor’s state of the state address also addressed the budget at a high level. His budget director went over the proposal with us during the appropriations committee the following morning. He was met with several questions and challenges in presenting that budget. Most notably, how do we pay for the $600 million school increase over time without an increase in revenue?

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