By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
As he threatened/promised, Senate President Russell Pearce has put out a budget proposal and he plans to railroad it through tomorrow. A special meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., with a Rules Committee session to follow immediately after.
I don't have time for a complete analysis tonight, but a glance through a couple of them…well, it's ugly.
Pearce's budget contains, from Rep. Steve Farley, via his emailed Farley Report:
–> Nearly $1.3 billion in cuts, including nearly $750 million to K-12 public education, $310 million to universities and community colleges, $70 million more from health and human services, child protective services, and elder protective services, and $40 million more spread out across all state departments.
–> Like the Governor, 280,000 people kicked off healthcare, including 5,200 seriously mentally ill.
–> Cash-poor counties will have to come up with $150,000,000 more to pay back to the general fund, and hundreds more millions in state shared revenues will be taken from our struggling cities — both these move will endanger local police and fire protection.
Here they are, and I'm linking to the bill summary page instead of my normal practice of linking to the bill text because while lege staff hasn't had time to put up a summary for each bill, they will do so eventually. To see the actual text of the bills, click on the link, then on "show versions", and then on ".pdf" or "html," whichever you prefer -
SB1612, general appropriations 2011-2012
SB1613, 2011-2012; capital outlay
SB1614, 2011-2012; state budget procedures
SB1615, consolidation; state agencies
SB1616, revenue; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1617, K-12 education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1618, higher education; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1619, health; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1620, welfare; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1621, criminal justice; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1622, general government; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1623, regulation; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation
SB1624, environment; 2011-2012; budget reconciliation