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COLORADO

Governor: Roy Romer (D)

FY 1996 proposed state budget: $3.76 billion FY 1996 proposed K-12 budget: $1.56 billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.50 billion Percent change K-12 budget: +4.0 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor proposed a campaign focused on improving early childhood services and programs and called for establishing a "business roundtable" to advise on child care issues.
  • The Governor also proposed $4.3 million to expand a state preschool program by about 2,000 pupils.

MISSOURI

Governor: Mel Carnahan (D)

FY 1996 proposed state budget: $5.69 billion FY 1996 proposed K-12 budget: $2.25 billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $2.04 billion Percent change K-12 budget: +10.3 percent

Highlights:

  • Appropriations for costs associated with the federal desegregation cases in Kansas City and St. Louis are open-ended because of continued litigation. Appropriations in fiscal 1995 were $10 million, up from $4.86 million in fiscal 1994.
  • The first year of the "outstanding schools act" would dedicate riverboat-gambling proceeds to the state's foundation formula and to a new revolving-loan fund for schools.

UTAH

Governor: Michael O. Leavitt (R)

FY 1996 proposed state budget: $2.49 billion FY 1996 proposed K-12 budget: $1.17 billion FY 1995 K-12 budget: $1.09 billion Percent change K-12 budget +7.3 percent

Highlights:

  • Governor's proposed budget for education--$1.7 billion--would be the largest in state history.
  • Plan includes average salary and benefit increases of 4 percent for teachers and administrators.
  • About $5.2 million would be earmarked for staffing and programs at largely inner-city schools.

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