School Funding Biggest Issue Facing the State

By Staff

Governor Matt Mead believes the state can fund government operations over the next two years without raising taxes, despite the recent downturn in energy prices.

However, Governor Mead told state lawmakers Monday that the state needs to figure out how it’s going to fund school construction and maintenance in coming years, given the tough market coal.

Governor Mead told members of the joint appropriations committee funding for local schools is the biggest issue the state is currently facing.

The legislature’s joint appropriations committee is set to hold two weeks of meetings this month and another two weeks of meetings in January to craft budget recommendations for the 30-day legislative session that starts in mid-February.