Lawmakers Want Any General Fund Surplus to Go to Schools

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The state House Tuesday night voted to use any leftover money in the state's general fund at the end of the year to plug holes in the school aid fund.

The House voted 105-0 to send the bill to Senate.

House Republican Policy analysts expect $20 million will be leftover in the general fund when the books close at the end of December on the fiscal year that ended this fall. They said that's the amount needed to supplement the school aid fund.

But state economists pegged the school aid shortfall at between $110 million and $119 million.

The bill isn't the final solution to the school aid problem. Leaders from the House and Senate are meeting on the issue Wednesday morning.