House, Senate agree to top-line spending figures, setting stage for final budget negotiations
Tick-tock: Chris Sprowls and Wilton Simpson face a shortening schedule. but the budget is on track.

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House and Senate leaders agree to spend $42.4 billion in state general revenue.

House and Senate leaders agreed Monday to spend $42.4 billion in state revenue as part of the 2022-23 fiscal year budget, laying the groundwork for formal budget negotiations between the chambers.

The agreement on top-line budget figures, known as allocations, only reveals the state’s general revenue spending. The total budget, including federal funding and state trust fund spending will likely top $100 billion.

The general revenue figures break down like this:

— Health and Human Services: $14.4 billion.

— PreK-12 Education: $13.5 billion.

— Criminal and Civil Justice: $5.94 billion.

— Higher Education: $5 billion.

— Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment: $1.5 billion.

— Administered Funds: $946.8 million.

— Infrastructure and Tourism: $629.3 million.

— State Administration and Technology: $526.5 million.

No formal conference meetings between the chambers have been scheduled yet. In a memo from Senate President Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican, to his members, he wrote that no budget conference meetings would begin before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Lawmakers must reach a final budget deal by March 8 to satisfy the 72-hour “cooling period” required by the constitution before voting on the budget to end the 60-day Legislative Session on time.

Gray Rohrer



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