Thursday is the last day of this session for the General Assembly. However, in about two weeks House members will reconvene to go over some unfinished business–like redistricting and the state budget. But, the Senate has not yet set a date.
Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms says there’s a lot to look at when it comes to the budget.
There’s 110 sections of the budget, but the revenues are divided up into other funds. Funds that come up into the treasury, that would be in the form of taxes. Then, the other would be federal funds. And, the other would be the fines that you pay, court fines, fees, your DMV license tag, college tuition–those are other funds.
After about four weeks of debate, the Senate approved a $6 billion state spending plan. But, Grooms says it’s actually a lot higher than that.
It’s $22 billion. That’s (the $6 billion) the amount of money that comes to the state treasury, but you have to also include other fees, fines, when you pay your car registration, your driver’s license charges, tuition for colleges, all the federal pass-through money. Once you add it all together it’s about $22 billion.
The Senate doesn’t expect to finish work on the budget before session ends this week.