Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop
Today, March 10, is day 61 of the 2017 legislative session.
Most of the WACO priority bills continue to work their way through the chamber opposite from which they were first introduced. There is hope that those that are stalled will be part of the details of finalizing the biennial budget.
The next cut-off date is March 29, which is the last day to move bills out of the policy committees in the opposite side of the house in which the bill was introduced. April 4 is the cut-off date for bills to move from the House Fiscal and Transportation committees, and from the Senate Ways and Means and Transportation committees.
All are nervously anticipating the introduction of the Senate budget. All indications point to it being introduced the first part of the week of March 20. It continues to be described as disastrous and catastrophic for local government. We have been advised that every aspect of state/local government revenue sharing is in play and at risk.
The good news is that we are guardedly optimistic that the Fiscal Sustainability Initiative (FSI) is still in consideration and may be part of the mad rush of the last days of session.
Stay Tuned… -Scott