Education Advocacy Update: June 22

The Assembly will take up the state budget on Tuesday, and the Senate on Wednesday. To date, two Republican senators have said they will not vote for the budget advanced by the Joint Finance Committee. That means Senate Republicans cannot lose the support of any additional senators and still pass the budget without resorting to trying to garner Democrat support, which seems unlikely.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said not to expect any major changes, but that the Assembly majority might look at ways to reduce the budget’s impact on property taxes and tweak part of the transportation budget.

On the Senate side, Republicans hold a 19-14 margin. The two declared “no” votes are senators Steve Nass and Dave Craig, who both said they oppose the tax increases.

After the budget is passed by both houses and sent to the governor, he can take action including exercising his veto pen.

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