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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 28, 2017
TEACHER PAY RAISE AND "TURNAROUND" LEGISLATION HIGHLIGHT EDUCATION SESSION

HB 338 - First Priority Act: "Helping Turnaround Schools Put Students First" - Targets the 5% lowest performing schools in the state. Provides for a State Turnaround Officer and for turnaround coaches to work with local school systems to help turn schools around. The Chief Officer will answer to the State Board of Education. The initial plan is to turn them around within three years.  (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 21, 2017
NEW LICENSE FEES TOP NATURAL RESOURCE LEGISLATION

There was not an abundance of legislation affecting natural resources or the environment this session, but as usual there was much discussion of issues. One piece of legislation that did not pass was the shoreline protection bill, which set out a new way of measuring the shore/property line. The bill generated a good bit of opposition and did not pass. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 14, 2017
MARCH REVENUES ONLY SLIGHTLY IMPROVED

March state revenues of $1.566 billion showed a 2.1% growth for the month, motor fuel collections go negative. Motor Fuel excise taxes and fees collections have been adding to the state total monthly and obscuring slow revenue growth this fiscal year. This month, negative excise taxes (-2.0%) and hotel/motel fees (-2.3%) detracted from revenues while Highway Impact Fees increased considerably ($1,504,000). (More)

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