Comparing policy changes in the budget proposals

The Senate and House have proposed new operating budgets for 2015-17.

The proposal that passed the Senate in April would spend $37.958 billion. The version that passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee on May 28 would spend $37.879 billion (including appropriations in other legislation).

The budget that passed the House in April would spend $38.962 billion. The version that was proposed yesterday by Rep. Hunter would spend $38.512 billion.

Below is a chart comparing the policy changes made in each budget proposal. Some notes on the changes:

  • The big differences between the two Senate proposals in other human services are due to a newly extended higher federal match for the Children's Health Insurance Program and to using I-502 funds in lieu of general fund dollars for certain Medicaid payments. The House makes similar changes.
  • In public schools, the House no longer increases the school employee health benefits rate to match that of state employees.
  • In higher education, the new Senate proposal would not cut state need grant funds, which the earlier version did because of its tuition reduction. UPDATE 6/11: The new proposal still cuts financial add -- see here.
  • In special appropriations, the new Senate proposal funds the collective bargaining agreements (but, as noted here, this is contingent on reforms). The new House proposal would not provide a general wage increase for non-represented higher education employees, which it had previously done.

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