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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.

MICHIGAN
Governor: John Engler (R)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $22.2 billion
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $7.7 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $3.6 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +114 percent

Highlights

  • The proposed fiscal 1995 budget is based on revenue estimates for a backup school-finance plan passed by lawmakers at the end of the 1994 session in an effort to reduce local property taxes.
  • State voters on March 15 could opt for another finance scheme, based largely on an increase in the sales tax, that would boost state K-12 funding to $8.5 billion for fiscal 1995. Under either plan, overall K-12 spending from state and local revenue would equal about $10.2 billion.

OHIO
Governor: George V. Voinovich (R)
FY 1995 state budget: $13.4 billion
FY 1995 K-12 budget: $4.6 billion
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $4.4 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +4.5 percent

Highlights

  • Figures reflect the second year of a biennial budget passed by lawmakers last year.
  • Governor has requested supplemental appropriations to launch a $95 million classroom-technology program. He has also called for $70 million in renovation and construction funding for poor school districts. co lh co jm

SOUTH DAKOTA
Governor: Walter D. Miller (R)
FY 1995 proposed state budget: $598.7 million
FY 1995 proposed K-12 budget: $184.9 million
FY 1994 K-12 budget: $168.6 million
Percent change K-12 budget: +9.7 percent

Highlights

  • The $16.3 million increase in state aid to education proposed by the Governor, relying on increased state sales taxes, would be the second-largest hike in state history.
  • Lawmakers are now considering Governor Miller's proposal to move most kinds of categorical aid to schools into the general funding pool for K-12 education.

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