Education funding increases under House proposal

Posted at: 02/14/2013 2:18 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A House panel has endorsed a proposal to provide tens of millions of additional dollars for public education.

The Voters and Elections Committee voted 10-1 on Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment to keep the annual distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund at its current rate of 5.5 percent of the fund's average five-year market value.

The payout is to drop to 5 percent starting in July 2016. The $11 billion fund will provide $550 million next year for public schools and 20 other public institutions, including universities.

The State Investment Council estimates the proposed change would provide an extra $60 million in the 2017 budget year. Supporters say the additional money is needed to improve education. The measure must clear another committee before it reaches the 70-member House.

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