Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Lawmakers prepare for 2015 session

Lawmakers convened at the Capitol this week for the penultimate round of hearings before the legislative session begins in February. However, for those working in the building, it was clear session was already effectively underway. The introduction of legislative concepts and informational hearings relating to specific policy changes provided only a preview of the issues we are expecting to take center stage. In particular, there is no longer any doubt that revenue and tax policy issues will be widely discussed topics after the finance and revenue committees released 145 legislative concepts for public consumption, far more than any other committee. These proposed changes correspond with the release of the Governor’s Recommended Budget, which called for an unprecedented increase in education funding at $9.4 billion (9 percent higher than the 2013-15 biennium). Read more…