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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.

IOWA

Governor: Terry E. Branstad (R)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $3.51 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $1.34 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $1.28 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.7 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor proposing that about 60 percent of new money in proposed budget, or $60 million, go to schools.
  • Also seeking $1 million increase in Iowa Tuition Grant program to help students with financial need attend college.

NEBRASKA

Governor: Ben Nelson (D)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $1.6 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $513.1 million
FY 1993 K-12 budget: $495.7 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.5 percent

Highlights:

  • Legislature considering a proposal to create an education trust fund that would reflect revenues currently appropriated to education; levels in fund would be guaranteed even in times of economic downturn.
  • Also considering a bill, a companion to a proposition passed by voters last November, to launch a state lottery. Lottery revenues would be divided equally between education and environment, with money in education earmarked for staff-development, technology, at-risk, and early-childhood programs.

WEST VIRGINIA

Governor: Gaston Caperton (D)

FY 1994 proposed state budget: $2.13 billion
FY 1994 proposed K-12 budget: $1.21 billion
FY 1993 K-12 budget $1.18 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +2.5 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor proposing $1,000 pay raise for school service employees, splitting the $13 million estimated cost between the state general fund and school districts.
  • Governor asking legislature for $200,000 to expand the state's Principal Training Academy into every region of the state, as well as for increased funding for the Center for Professional Development, which offers summer seminars to teachers.
  • Governor seeking a 1 percent rise in income tax on taxpayers with incomes over $100,000.
  • Also requesting $3 million in state lottery funds to expand computer basic-skills program to the 3rd and 4th grades.


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