After the bills passed, Sen. Albert Hale complained that he and the Republicans were in the middle of negotiations when leadership decided to go ahead and vote the bill out, presumably since they already had Sen. Thayer Verschoor’s vote. The move doesn’t bode well for future negotiations, Hale said. But Burns said he made another offer to Hale after Verschoor already gave his commitment to vote “yes” on the budget fix.
Burns said the offer to Hale was even “sweetened,” as he put it, to include three other school districts that were not originally included in the earlier proposal. These are schools that would also have access to impact aid money. “I didn’t drop him. I made him an offer and he turned it down,” Burns said.
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