Stop us if you've heard this one before:
Why don't we have a state budget? The answer is neither short nor simple.
- Dive Bref:
- A proposal that passed through a Tennessee House panel and is now set to be considered by a Finance Committee would amend the state constitution to grant the General Assembly sole discretion over school spending.
- Bill sponsor Rep. Bill Dunn (R), says the legislation will protect taxpayers from activist judges who might rule the state is not adequately funding education, and from situations in other states where courts have increased taxpayer burdens.
- Seven Tennessee school districts are currently in the middle of lawsuits against the state related to equity in school funding distribution in precedent-setting state court decisions like the Small Schools case.
- Dive Insight:
- the current budget impasse
- the basics of education funding
- the school funding lawsuit
- the 2016-2017 proposed budget
House Majority Leader Rep. Dave Reed, (717) 705-7173
Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Joe Scarnati, (717) 787-7084
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Jake Corman, (717) 787-1377