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Thursday, May 14 2015 - 10:26 am

Friends,


Last week was a big week for the House of Representatives.  Tough votes were taken and bills were passed that will help alleviate some of the budgetary problems this year in our State.  Some ignored the plight of Higher Education and Healthcare and voted against everything, but many made the tough decisions and voted to help the state.  The House raised more than $600 million and, for the most part, the bills they passed had a minimum effect on working middle-class families.  Let’s tell them we appreciated their votes.

The main budget bill, HB1, will now move from the Appropriations Committee to the House floor for debate.  It is anticipated that HB1 will not be debated until next week.  After House floor passage, it will move to Senate Finance Committee, which I chair.  The Legislature must finish its business by June 11, and I’m concerned that the time frame for the Senate to act is growing short.  This will leave the Senate little time to debate HB1 to the extent that I would like.

I will keep you posted, and please let me know if I can help you.



Best,
Jack