The next phase in the legislative process is conference committee work. A conference committee is made up of five members from each House and Senate body to resolve differences; craft one bill to be passed by the House, Senate and signed by the Governor. The first step in that process is for Leadership to establish new budget and tax targets. House and Senate Leadership have met with the Governor to begin negotiating a global budget deal.
Education Finance Conference Committee work was scheduled to begin meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The first few meetings will allow members the opportunity to understand the funding and policy provisions in each bill. The conference committee will not be able to accomplish much until the House, Senate and Governor establish new budget targets for the conference committee.
In order for any of the budget committees to have spending targets, the Tax Conference Committee must come to a resolution on how to raise revenue in order to fund their spending priorities.
At this point, the Senate Tax Bill proposes to generate revenue by:
• Raising the income tax rate on the third tier
• Expanding the sales tax to clothing, some personal services, custom computer software, admission to sporting events and exhibitions, ring tones, pay television services, and digital books and music
The House Tax Bill proposes to generate revenue by:
• Establishing a new fourth tier income tax rate
• Increasing the alcohol and cigarette taxes
• Closing of corporate loopholes
We’d like to remind our strategic planning community members to join us on May 15, 22, and 29, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria to share your feedback and values as we develop our strategic plan. We are pleased to have you join us for refreshments and sandwiches as we shape the future for our school district.
USDA Summer Meal Program:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) operates summer meal programs to address childhood nutritional needs. Many children receive limited meals with limited nutritional value in the summer months when school is not in session.
The USDA Summer Meal Program includes the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) as well as the Seamless Summer Option in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These programs operate as a partnership among the Federal government and State agencies. These Federal and State agencies are asking local organizations and schools to serve free meals to children age 18 years and younger. USDA provides the meals; State agencies administer the program; and local organizations and schools will be reimbursed for serving the meals.
Schools have been designated as the best sites for summer feeding efforts. In most cases, children and parents are familiar with local schools and schools are known for providing nutritious food in a safe and welcoming environment.
The Eden Valley – Watkins School District is planning to assist the USDA as well as other Federal and State agencies by providing serving sites within our schools. You can learn more about the USDA Summer Meal Programs by contacting our food service director, Barb Koehn at (320)
453-2900, ext. 1106, or visiting: www.summerfood.usda.gov.
Senior of the Week:
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Cindy Schwegel, daughter of Al and Leah. She demonstrates outstanding academic performance in the classroom and has taken three college level courses this school year. Cindy is an active member in the school’s FFA and SADD programs. She currently serves as the SADD treasurer and was also involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Cindy is responsible and enjoys helping others as evidenced by her work at Koronis Manor serving as a Registered Nursing Assistant. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!