Powerful Indiana Senate committee puts stamp on roads plan

It allocates $106.3 billion for state spending over the next two years.

Meanwhile, the full Senate is still scheduled to vote on pre-K funding and prayer in schools later today. Unlike those cuts in income taxes, property taxes and corporate taxes, which favor the wealthy, the tax hike Republicans are pushing this year would affect motorists of all economic backgrounds.

"Under our formula, the local share of education funding fills up the bucket first". "With the election of Donald Trump, I think the commissioner feels like the state of Texas is going to be given more flexibility by our federal counterparts", she said.

Higher education funding got special attention, with Nelson forming a dedicated workgroup to focus on what are called special items.

"To put this in code where we select out a certain group of people who are doing this type of hunting in a tribal manner, in a traditional ceremonial manner that this is highly discriminatory to have that requirement", said Senator Cary Smith of Billings.

Justice said the House proposal recognizes that the $500 million shortfall in the 2017-18 budget can not be resolved with spending cuts alone.

House Bill 1005 passed with a vote of 8-4 though Sen. On this day, in this body, on this budget, we are united and speaking with one voice. Republican Caucus Chair Tan Parker of Flower Mound said he hasn't tried to get a sentiment of the caucus because he is concentrating first on the state budget. CSSB 1 does not raise taxes.

The Texas House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would keep the agency that oversees the state's oil and gas industry functioning until 2029 - but only after members dragged controversial topics like immigration and bathroom restrictions for transgender people into what should have been a routine debate. CSSB 1 increases spending on health care, including women's health and mental health, and addresses the critical needs of Child and Family Protective Services.

"It is particularly important to me that this budget included funding for protective vests that can withstand high caliber rifle fire for law enforcement officers".

Zerwas's proposal taps the Rainy Day Fund to cover a shortfall in a pension program for retired teachers ($500 million), continue increased border security spending ordered by state lawmakers in 2015 (about $650 million), and finance basic improvements at decrepit state-run mental health hospitals (about $240 million). So far the chorus has been silent, leaving open the possibility that the Senate legislation will just languish in the House State Affairs Committee. "They have done a great service for the people of Texas and I want to thank them for their commitment and vigilance".

BISMARCK-The North Dakota Senate passed a bill seeking a study of autonomous vehicle regulations Monday, March 27.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the godfather of the state's medical marijuana program, had his own House Bill 65 that more broadly expanded the list of qualified diseases. It would amount to nearly a 4 percent cut to the total two-year funding for the Texas Medicaid program.

Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, who sponsored the original legislation, said he hopes to work in a conference committee to "iron out" differences between the House and Senate versions. Mike Claude from the Nacogdoches Independent School District is the constituent who helped develop HB 1545, and he joined me at the Capitol to testify on the bill.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said he wanted to make a point by offering amendments that would have held the CEOs of businesses that contract with the Railroad Commission subject to a perjury charge if they were caught hiring unauthorized workers.

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