Dick Pettys has a looksie at the negotiations.
The House, using its own map and compass to set budget priorities instead of relying on the governor’s, may have found a political pot of gold. It is proposing in the midyear budget to provide $30 million more new dollars for the education equalization program than the governor recommended. And in the ’09 budget it wants to erase the $141 million “austerity cut” to education that is a legacy of the recession five years ago. It may prove a popular combination that could put the Senate and the governor on the spot