Attention turned to the education portions of the Governor’s proposed budget as the Education and Cultural Affairs committee joined Appropriations for joint public hearings.
Testimony began in the morning with presentations from Acting Commissioner Tom Desjardins of the Department of Education and the heads of the various cultural agencies.
Members of the public and faculty supported the nearly $20M of increased funding for various purposes including operating, the Maine Economic Investment Fund (MEIF) and debt service for the University System (UMS).
Many people also testified to urge the committees to support additional support for the Maine Community College System (MCCS).
Teachers and school officials presented forceful testimony that the Governor’s budget undermines public education by creating a $48 million tax shift onto property taxpayers and communities to fund K-12 education y increasing the cost of education by $68M but providing only $20M in state funding.
Remember, you can find out the projected impact of the Governor’s plan on your schools here: http://www.maine.gov/doe/eps/
You can compare the gain or loss using the same tool.
Advocates also made the case for rejecting the Governor’s plan to take $4M of casino funding intended for preschools.
Tomorrow afternoon the IF&W and Marine Resources committees will hold public hearings on their parts of the budget with AFA.
|Wednesday||State and Local Government|
|Thursday||Environment and Natural Resources and Energy, Utilities and Technology|
|Friday||Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development|
You can always attend hearings and work sessions in Room 228 or listen live here.