House and Senate Reach Agreement on Budget Targets
On Wednesday, House Republicans and Senate Democrats reached an agreement on the funding levels for the FY 2017 budget. The Legislature is limited to spending $7.351 billion out of the General Fund under the state‘s expenditure limitation law. The budget levels include the additional funding already authorized by the FY 2017 Supplemental School Aid bills, which increased school funding by 2.25 percent.
The FY 2017 budget will be:
In addition to the budget targets, the House and Senate agreed to place certain standing appropriations under the control over the budget subcommittees. Many of these on-going appropriations had not been reviewed for years until a separate subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee examined the programs in January and February. The funding for the programs had been accounted for under the Standings Appropriations bills. Now, the programs and funding will be turned over to the appropriate budget subcommittee and accounted for in FY 2017 budget. Beginning with the next General Assembly, the budget subcommittees will be conducting oversight and review of the programs.
And Musco Said, Let there be Light!
And light there was, on April 5th at 7:45 at the front of the Capitol, specifically!
On Tuesday April 5th at 7:45 pm in front of the Capitol, Musco Sports Lighting did a demonstration of the new lighting it is proposing to install on the exterior of the Capitol Building. Musco has offered to donate time and equipment to do the outdoor lighting for the Capitol, while the State would only have to pay for the labor on this project. The labor is projected to cost $225,000.
Musco Sports Lighting LLC is a private company based out of Oskaloosa, IA. Some of their projects include: Michigan State University - Munn Ice Arena, Wells Fargo Center, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Denver Broncos Field House, and USTA National Tennis Center.
Visitors at the Capitol
Walt met with Boys & Girls Club members and Credit Union members this week from the district.