April 28, 2017
The Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget passed the House Ways and Means Education Committee Thursday and now awaits final action in the full House.
The $6.4 billion budget would provide $5 million for Career and Technical Education Operations and Maintenance and $4 million for the Career Tech Initiative. It also includes $5.2 million for the Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance; $1.5 million for the Soil and Water Conservation Committee program; $31.1 million for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and $32.5 million for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Those amounts are identical to Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations.
The committee increased funding for the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program by $200,000, bringing the total to $1.78 million. The budget would provide level funding for rural health programs at Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama Huntsville and Tuskegee University.
The ETF budget represents a $90 million spending increase when compared to the current fiscal year.