From left, Senate Finance Committee chairman Eric LaFleur and members Ronnie Johns, Bodi White and Gregory Tarver hear public testimony on the House Bill 1, to appropriate $154 million of the state budget Wednesday night. Budget negotiations continue as the 6 p.m. Thursday deadline looms. Credit: Katie Gagliano
The Senate staged an unprecedented public conference committee on House Bill 1, the key funding bill, Wednesday night calling for the House Republicans and public stakeholders at risk of cuts to come together to better understand the effects of the House’s plan to leave money unappropriated as a hedge against potential revenue shortfalls in the coming fiscal year.
They invited House leadership to attend, an invitation that predictably went immediately into the wastebasket.