Countdown to 2017 legislative session

Budget committees are looking at a proposed budget of $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2018, which begins in July. That is the same amount appropriated to run the state this year.

Revenue has been flat, and lawmakers will approach spending on a cautious note, hoping to see economic improvement in the first quarter of 2017.

“We’ll take an update sometime in March right before we start the appropriations process. Hopefully we’ll see a rebound with our economy, and maybe that number will go up. That will give us a little more flexibility. For the most part, we expect the budget to be flat,” said state Rep. Scott Delano.