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Published on Friday, June 16, 2017

Still waiting on Public Works Trust Fund fate

Conversations have slowly continued between the House and Senate on how to finalize the approach on the Public Works Trust Fund. The chambers are talking about what to do with the policy provisions (HB 1677 and the House-amended version of SB 5033) and there seems to be bipartisan support. Right now, the biggest risk is that the funds will again be diverted to the operating and education budgets. This could happen if budget negotiators cannot identify adequate revenues to balance the budget without digging deeper into dedicated accounts (such as the Public Works Assistance Account). That may not become clear until the very end of the session. Continue to let your legislators know the importance of preserving the Public Works Trust Fund.