Sen. Michael Doherty said a new audit shows that 37 percent of the applications in the $2 billion to $2.4 billion Free and Reduced Lunch Program were deemed to be ineligible.
He charged that the Democrats’ budget proposal has the potential to send $330 million in school aid to the 58,000 students who would be ineligible under that program.
Chairman Paul Sarlo said it is the responsibility of the committee to monitor the program and indicated Doherty was ranging outside the bounds of the budget committee discussion and asked him to refer to line items, but Doherty said he was talking about one-third of the budget.
He said there are serious questions about the program and it pertains to the budget they are being asked to pass.
Doherty proposed an amendment that after $11.2 billion in revenue is distributed for the Homestead Rebate and Senior Freeze programs the rest be distributed equally for each student in the state.
However, the motion was tabled.