At the state legislature, we've started the second half of session and it's now time to start setting priorities. By the time we adjourn on May 18, a two-year budget will have been passed. It's my hope that we'll develop legislation that brings our differences together. Here are some of the bills I've been bringing people together on from both sides of the aisle:
This session many committees, including the Senate E-12 Budget Division, which I chair, have heard a great deal of testimony about the growing importance of vocational and technical education. We’ve also heard about the need for high schools to continue to offer or expand their technical educational offerings. There are thousands of good-paying jobs in technical fields in many communities across the state. There are several bills working their way through committees that address the need for more skilled workers to fill these jobs.
A whirlwind week is winding down. About two weeks ago, there were over 2,000 legislative proposals in play. Only about 320 remain, as a result of two bruising deadline weeks in which bills had to pass necessary committees in the House and Senate, or be left behind. But the most lively discussions in the hallways swirled around additional tax breaks for the 2018 Super Bowl and a new pro soccer stadium.