March 16, 2017
The ETF budget includes funding for career tech.
The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee passed a $6.4 million Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget Wednesday, which included level funding for most rural and agricultural programs.
The full Senate began debate on the measure Thursday evening but adjourned for spring recess to give lawmakers additional time to study the plan.
The committee-approved ETF budget would provide $5 million for Career and Technical Education Operations and Maintenance; $4 million for the Career Tech Initiative; $5.2 million for the Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance; $1.5 million each for the Soil and Water Conservation Committee program and Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program; $31.1 million for the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and $32.5 million for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. All amounts are identical to Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations. Also level funded were rural health programs at Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama Huntsville and Tuskegee University
If approved, the overall ETF budget would increase spending $90 million over last year.