Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on February 17, 2015
To provide a “template” or “place holder” for a Fiscal Year 2015-2016 “Omnibus” school aid, higher education and community colleges budget. This bill contains no appropriations, but may be amended at a later date to include them. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 17, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on May 5, 2015
To spend $75,000 on a study of "higher education performance funding metrics".
Amendment offered by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) on May 5, 2015
To increase foundation allowance grants by $80 to $150 per student, with the higher amount going to lower-spending districts. Also, to user tax dollars earmarked to the state school aid fund in the higher education budget and more dollars earmarked to the state general fund.
The Senate version of the K-12 school aid, community college and university budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2015. A separate Senate budget authorizes the rest of state government spending (Senate Bill 133). This bill would appropriate $13.969 billion for K-12 public schools, compared to $13.870 billion originally appropriated for the prior year. It also appropriates $1.541 billion for state universities, compared to $1.516 billion the prior year. Community colleges would get $394 million, vs. $364 million the prior year.
Moved to reconsider in the Senate on May 5, 2015
The vote by which the following bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 5, 2015
To authorize spending an additional $4.35 million on government preschool programs in the fiscal year that begins Oct. This is to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, with the minor change contained in the Hildebrand amendment.