MSMA: Hearing on streamlining bill Jan. 5

Maine School Management Association

Bulletin

Dec. 30, 2009

Hearing on streamlining bill Jan. 5

The Legislature comes back into session next week and bills relating to education already are scheduled for public hearings.

The first, LD 1668, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Initiative to Streamline State Government, identifies $30 million in savings.

The lion’s share of that money is coming from the Treasurer’s Office due to a reduced cost of borrowing.

The Department of Education and the Appropriations Committee identified $286,000 in savings for education’s share of the streamlining initiative. Of that total, $200,000 is coming from reduced funding for the Interdepartmental Committee on Transition.

A hearing on LD 1668 is being held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, starting at 10 a.m., before the Appropriations Committee. The hearing can be heard by clicking on the committee link:

http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/

The Appropriations Committee will hold public hearings on the supplemental budget, designed to fill a $400 million hole in the current budget, starting Jan. 7 and running through Jan. 14.

Education’s share of the budget, including a proposed cut of $73 million in General Purpose Aid, will be heard on Jan. 14, starting at 1 p.m. A separate bulletin giving an overview of the proposed budget’s impact on K-12 will be issued early next week.

Contact: Dale Douglass, executive director douglass@msmaweb.com

Victoria Wallack, communications director vwallack@msmaweb.com