Lawmakers Staging For Battle Over Education Funding

Jan 31, 2014

Credit 401(K) 2012 via Flickr / Creative Commons License

One of the biggest parts of the state budget is funding for public education to the tune of over $2.7 billion. Lawmakers are working through the weekend on HB3, the Education Appropriation Act, a hotly debated bill this session.

Matthew Riechbach, of NMTelegram.com and contributor at The Santa Fe Reporter, has been following the action at the State Capitol. He says so far it looks like the biggest fight about what the final version of the bill will look like is over what’s called above-the-line and below-the-line funding.  

Earlier this week HB3 made it through the House Education Committee.  It's now in front of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and is expected to advance early next week.