|Massachusetts Enacts Emergency Spending Measure, Continues to Debate Budget:Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) has filed a $5 billion emergency spending measure to keep the state running through the start of fiscal year 2019. Because key differences remain in the House and Senate budget bills, HB 4401 and SB 2530, the temporary funding is intended to cover government expenses over the next month while lawmakers come to a consensus. The Senate-passed budget would appropriate $41.5 billion, slightly less than the version passed by the House, and the Senate version would allocate $4.91 billion for local education aid, compared to $4.87 billion in the House budget. Other differences include increased funding in the Senate version for education savings account contributions for charter school and special education.
Michigan Considers STEM Endorsement: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has until July 9 to act on a bill that would create a STEM endorsement for high school graduates. According to the bill, SB 344, students would qualify for the endorsement if they complete certain high school credit requirements, including six mathematics and six science credits, as well as coursework involving technology and engineering. If Governor Snyder fails to act on the bill before the deadline, it will become law without his signature.
Rhode Island Approves $9.6 Billion Budget for FY19, Continues Rhode Island Promise: Last Friday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) approved HB 7200, which contains the $9.6 billion state operating budget for fiscal year 2019. Among other items, the budget allocates $5,995,000 for the Rhode Island Promise program, which allows qualified students to attend the Community College of Rhode Island tuition-free.
Legislatures in Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah are currently posting 2019 bill drafts, prefiles and interim studies.
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