Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 90th General Assembly
November 10th, 2016 • News

November 10, 2016 – Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 90th General Assembly.

In this week’s report:

    • As required by law, the governor has proposed a balanced budget for state government for the next two fiscal years
    • His recommendation will be the starting point for the Legislature to use for adopting state agency spending levels
    • One of the noteworthy spending increases would be within the Department of Human Services, which administers Medicaid, food stamps, and other social programs; children and family services would get a 29% budget increase next year
    • The Department of Corrections operates prison units, and its spending will increase to about $353 million next year
    • The cost of securely housing inmates is a consistent challenge for legislators; only 20 years ago, the state spent just over $120 million on prison operations
    • The Department of Community Corrections hires parole and probation officers; it also operates drug courts and facilities that transition inmates back into the free world
    • Under the governor’s plan, the Department of Community Corrections would get an 11.3% increase in funding next year, but only a .20% increase the following year
    • The governor’s recommended budget has no increase in state aid to higher education; the state’s two-year colleges and four-year universities would receive $734 million in state funding
    • The governor has, however, pledged to add $10 million in higher education funding if the Legislature approves a new funding formula; the new formula would be based on how many students graduate with degrees and certificates


      Click to Listen - Audio Recording from November 10, 2016