February 22, 2019
The House Ways and Means Committee met this week to finalize and adopt the budget. The summary may be viewed here. The House will debate the budget on the floor the week of March 11th. The budget includes a 2 percent pay raise for state employees, an recurring issue that the committee has dealt with as the legislature grapples with attracting and retaining talent in its agencies.
House Advances Speaker’s Education Reform Bill
The House Education and Public Works Subcommittee met twice this week to move the Speaker’s education reform bill forward for the full committee’s review. At the end of January, Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) introducedcomprehensive proposals for education reform with the support of the governor. The 84-page proposal was amended by the subcommittee on Thursday. The amendments added a teacher bill of rights and removed the controversial provision to change how teachers are paid. Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Raye Felder (R-York) reminded members that this was simply the first opportunity for amendments to be offered, and expects the bill to be further discussed throughout the legislative process. READ MORE…
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