House and Senate Budget Actions – What’s Left?

As reported previously, the full House has approved its budget plan and the full Senate will debate its plan this week.  Whereas, the Senate concurred with a large number of actions taken by the House, a few issues of importance to local governments remain to be resolved.  These include the assessment  function shift, language to shift costs for the implementation of a video conference system to perform local inmate parole hearings, the Disparity Grant, and a few education items.  MACo has summarized the decisions summarized the decisions taken by the House and the Senate budget committee and the items that remain to be resolved through a conference committee.  It is anticipated that conference discussions to develop a final fiscal plan for both the operating budget (HB 70) and Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (HB 72) will begin by April 1.

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