Posted on 01 May 2012.
By Tracy Goff-Herman
Mayfield Elementary School (Mayfield Independent) 3rd-grade teacher Kim Smith speaks with state Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, and state Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, after giving emotional testimony regarding teachers work hours during a House Education Committee meeting. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 13 , 2012
After 60 days, the 2012 Regular Session of the General Assembly has finished its work with 1,407 bills considered and a new state budget that covers the next two fiscal years.
Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed several budget measures, including some new initiatives that were passed without any money to support them.
Here’s a look at some of the budget and legislative highlights:
With the continuing national recession, Kentucky’s revenue situation hasn’t improved.
As such, the newly enacted budget reflects additional cuts to operating and program budgets. HB 265 contains the state operating budget for the next two years.
Several key P-12 education spending measures spending measures were included in the budget. That includes the total Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) appropriation is $2,899,840,800 for each year of the biennium.
The base per-pupil allocation is set at $3,833 in FY 11 and $3,827 in FY 12.
In addition to SEEK, the budget:
- Contains disaster day language will allow school districts impacted by the March tornadoes more flexibility in calculating attendance.
- Includes language that requires SEEK funds to be directed to two National Guard Academies.
- Adds $600,000 in spending over the biennium for hearing, speech and visually-impaired learning centers, but doesn’t include any additional funds to pay for those designated programs. Read the full story