Decisions Made, Questions Deferred
Disagreement over transportation delayed approval of a state budget for 12 weeks. A compromise between the governor, senate Republicans, and assembly Republicans delayed any long-term solution on transportation finance in favor of a new fee on electric and hybrid vehicles, limited borrowing for roads, and delayed projects. Over the next two years, general fund spending is rising 4.2% in 2018 and 4.4% in 2019. Nearly all of new general fund spending is for K-12 school aids, property tax relief, and Medicaid.