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Friday, May 20, 2005

Budget Update 05-20-05

Members of the House Appropriations Committee continued working this week on their budget proposal following passage of the Senate's budget two weeks ago and expect to pass a House budget by June 9. Our goal is to work out the differences between the House and Senate budgets prior to July 1 when the new fiscal year begins.

House Appropriations Subcommittees have been encouraged to draw up a budget that takes a different look at state spending allocations than those in the Senate proposal. House Speaker Jim Black has suggested spending targets and is encouraging members to spend less than the Senate budget, in order to minimize the need for new revenue. Many difficult choices lie ahead, but I remain committed to adequately funding education, health and human services, transportation, public safety, the environment and efforts to further strengthen our economy and create jobs.

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