Last week, House and Senate appropriations committees began finalizing their initial budget reduction proposals. In the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, Chair Marti Coley cautioned that she did not anticipate programs that received non-recurring funding in the current year being restored in the coming fiscal year. Chair Coley indicated that the cuts in the proposed K-12 education budget would result in a 7.7 percent reduction in per-student funding. In the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, Chairman David Simmons unveiled much smaller reductions of approximately 2.3 percent. House and Senate health care appropriations committees have not yet produced a draft proposal, instead taking testimony this week from various stakeholders seeking to preserve their programs.