Compromise. After Much Discussion Budget Bill Brought to the Governor

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Last week, we reported concerns the supplemental budget bill would not pass the conference committee.

Tuesday, after a lot of compromise, it did.

News 13's Jenna Jackson spoke with members of the conference committee on how they managed to come together.

Representative John Hastert felt, “We needed to save the Budget Bill.”

And to save the bill, it meant compromising.

Senator Bill Landen added, “I think everybody is relieved that we arrived at a budget that at least begins to address some of the difficulties in the revenue shortfall and we're going to keep working at it all the way to Friday.”

“Neither chamber is completely happy which is a good sign of negotiation,” said Senator Hastert.

But it wasn't all easy. Senator Landen said he knows every decision they make affects our state.

Senator Landen, “The budget process was long and arduous and difficult. You never get out of it what you hope you're going to get but you know, that's the democratic process.”

Especially when it comes to education, last week we told you the senate proposed over 90 million in cuts to education, the proposal was one of those compromises.

“We came all the way to 45 million and we're going to ask our districts to take some reductions over the next two fiscal years.”

Representative Lloyd Larsen, “We didn't want it all at once and they said yes we get that but we need to do something and that really is important because the education discussion is just getting heated up.”

That means school districts will have more time to implement those cuts.

Larsen said the main goal was to balance the budget.

“We saved about 40 million this year and that will equate to about over 100 million next year so that puts us right on target to be living within our means,” said Larsen.

The bill now heads to Governor Mead, where he can veto parts of the bill.

If he does, the bill then goes back to the Senate and House where they can either accept his changes or overrule them.



 
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