Education Funding Debated
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 5, 2018
With just a week left in the state legislature’s budget session, education funding is at the center of the hottest debates.
Representative Scott Court of Cody says that as of yesterday, there are more than $85 million in cuts to education included in the Senate Bill, but not in the House. The Wyoming House Education Committee voted to kill Senate File 117 late last week, which included several cuts to school funding, but there are other bills that are still alive in the legislature that would reduce funding to education.
Senator Hank Coe says he believes that the two viewpoints will come together before the session ends.
Both Coe and Court said that a Joint Conference Committee has been appointed to reconcile the differences. If a compromise is reached, the bill will be sent to the Governor, who can choose either to sign or veto the bill. However, Court points out that the Legislature can override a Governor’s veto with a 2/3 vote by the House and Senate.
But Coe points out that aside from the education funding, there isn’t a lot of difference between the two versions of the budget bill.