The state’s three educational entities – universities, community colleges and kindergarten through 12th grade – account for more than half of the requested budget increases for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.
State agency heads are asking for a cumulative increase of $732.7 million for the upcoming fiscal year, the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee learned last week. The Budget Committee is working on a budget proposal for the full Legislature to use as a starting point in funding state government during the 2016 session.
The three educational entities are requesting a total $400.4 million in additional funds for the upcoming fiscal year. The breakdown is:
• K-12 is requesting an increase of $250.2 million or an increase of 9.6 percent over funding for the current year.
• The universities are requesting an increase of $67.5 million or an increase of 8.7 percent.
• The community colleges are requesting an increase of $82.7 million or an increase of 31.4 percent.