March 26, 2007

House Passes Operating and Capital Budgets

By Randy Hodgins

The House of Representatives enacted their versions of both the 2007-09 operating and capital budgets during their Monday morning floor session.  The biennial capital budget passed by a vote of 93-4 and there were no amendments to the bill that affected funding for the University.

The operating budget was a more partisan affair, passing by a margin of 62-35, with only Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy) crossing over to vote for the budget with most of the majority Democrats.  Rep, Geoff Simpson (D-Covington) voted against his parties’ budget because he felt it lacked sufficient funding for programs related to the elderly and other vulnerable populations.  Again, there were no changes to the budget which would affect funding for the UW.

The Senate is expected to release their budget proposals on Wednesday March 28.

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