Budget numbers looking worse
Chairman Joe Pickens opened the Schools and Learning Council meeting this morning with some glum money news. State income through the Lottery appears down anywhere from $40-million to $100-million from the expected amount, he announced, and the most recent revenue estimating conference indicates that early projections for next year look to have overshot the mark.
"Things continue to not bottom out yet," Pickens said. And because "all other budget areas have given unto education as much as they can," the amounts are likely to come out of the state's budget for schooling.
Pickens expected to have more information available later in the day, and figured any budget changes would come during conference meetings with the Senate.