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Members of a House-Senate Conference Committee to reconcile differences between Senate and House budget plans for fiscal year (FY) 2014 continue to negotiate but remain divided on issues related to revenues, spending levels, taxes and mandatory cuts required by sequestration. The committee held its second public meeting November 13 to receive testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf on budgetary options available, including a range of possibilities for reducing the federal deficit.
Federal programs are currently funded through January 15 by a stopgap funding measure that was part of the deal to end the federal government shutdown in October. The conference committee has a target date of December 13 to reach an agreement. There is a $90 billion gap between the House and Senate proposals.
The budget conference committee has 29 members and is led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
On Novemebr 5th's off-year election, voters in several states and localities considered various initiatives to fund public works infrastructure. In Maine, 72 percent of voters approved a proposition that will provide a $100 million bond for transportation projects. In Texas, 73 percent voters approved of a proposition that creates the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund which would finance water infrastructure projects in Texas. In New York, 62 percent of voters approved an initiative that would allow counties, cities, towns and villages to borrow more money to fund the construction and maintenance of sewage facilities.
At the local level, voters approved several ballot propositions to finance transportation projects. Voters in Mesa, Arizona passed a proposition that provides $79 million in new general obligation bonds to fund street and highway improvement projects. Voters in Loudon County, Virginia passed a $3.18 million bond to fund street projects. Voters in four cities in Marin County, California passed four ballot propositions to raise the sales tax and use that revenue to fund transportation.
Since the election was an off-year cycle, there were no Congressional elections, but there were statewide and local races, including gubernatorial contests in two states and several mayoral races throughout the U.S.
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