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The New York State legislature has backed down in its budget battle with Gov. Hugh L. Carey.

Last week, Warren M. Anderson, president of the state Senate, announced that the Senate would not attempt to override the Governor's veto of much of the legislature's 1983 budget.

As a result, a $310-million increase in state aid to school districts that had been proposed by the legislature will not be made.

The move by the Senate has allowed the Governor to certify the state's budget as balanced, which will enable school districts to begin collecting state aid again.

Since April 15, the state's 712 districts have been paying between $240,000 and $400,000 per day in interest on commerical loans that they were forced to take out in the absence of state aid.

Colorado Gov. Richard D. Lamm has signed a bill ending "ice cream day" and returning the state to its old method of determining school attendance by averaging the number of students in classrooms during the month of October.

Last fall, a new statewide one-day count resulted in attempts by districts to lure students to school with ice cream, flapjacks, and parties. Calculated to raise attendance--and thus state aid--the schemes were denounced by legislators as "monkey business."

Governor Lamm has also signed an executive order naming the stegosaurus Colorado's official state fossil. The herbivorous dinosaur roamed the earth, and Colorado, 150 million years ago.

For three years a group of students from McElwain Elementary School in Thornton, Colo., had tried without success to have the dinosaur designated as the state fossil. Two measures on the subject have died in the Colorado legislature. Governor Lamm has recognized the stegosaurus as the state fossil until "such time as the General Assembly takes action" by statute.

Vol. 01, Issue 33

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