Budget Conference Committee Continues Work
The Budget Conference Committee convened hearings this week to reconcile differences in the budget plans adopted by both houses. Senator Mitchell, the chair of the Conference Committee, announced the committee’s intent to cover Education and Health and Human Services issues today. At the time of this writing, Education discussions are in progress and Health and Human Services discussions have not yet begun. The conference committee will convene over the weekend to address the remaining policy areas, which include General Government, Resources, Transportation, and Energy.
Agendas outlining the key differences between the houses can be found here. Health and Human Services items can be found here. One key issue remaining for health is the allocation of Proposition 56 – Tobacco Tax funding. Spending differences on this item can be found here.