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Beginning this week, Legislative Update will summarize governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlight proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas. In coming months, it will summarize final budget actions.

CALIFORNIA
Governor:
Pete Wilson (R)
FY 1994 proposed state budget:
$37.33 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget:
$14.03 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$15.84 billion
Percent change K-12 budget:
-11.4 percent
Highlights

  • After including federal and local revenues, state officials said overall school spending will rise slightly, from $28.3 billion in 1992-93 to $28.7 billion in 1993-94.
  • Overall state general-fund budget request of $37.33 billion represents an 8.5 percent decline from $40.82 billion budget for fiscal 1993.
  • Governor emphasizing programs aimed at retaining and creating jobs.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Governor:
George S. Mickelson (R)
FY 1994 proposed state budget:
$560.4 million
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget:
$157.9 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$153.9 million
Percent change K-12 budget:
+2.6 percent
Highlights

  • Governor proposing to increase state payments to school districts that graduate "second chance'' dropout students from the $1,000 maximum now to a maximum of 125 percent of the state average secondary per-pupil cost.
  • Also proposing assisting districts with improvements in the special-education reimbursement system.
  • Backing a bill to allow the state schools chief to grant waivers of state rules to schools under certain circumstances, and a measure to increase vocational-education bonding authority.

WYOMING
Governor:
Mike Sullivan (D)
FY 1994 proposed state budget:
$794.2 million
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget:
$489 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget:
$499 million
Percent change K-12 budget:
-2 percent
Highlights

  • Governor calling for several tax increases, including an 8 cent rise in the gas tax, a 1 percent increase in the sales tax, and extension of the capital-facilities tax, earmarking $18.8 million in tax revenues for the school-foundation fund.
  • Governor has also proposed using $10 million of the new tax revenues to reseed an education trust fund used to finance innovative school programs.


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