Legislators are getting started on budget hearings, and they have to figure out a way to apy for court-ordered improvements to public school facilities. Those improvements could have a price tag in the billions of dollars. House and Senate members say they will look at bare-bones budgets for state agencies, in light of the education outlays they face. Earlier this year in a special session, the Legislature raised the state sales tax by seven-eighths of a cent as part. The hike was part of a $370 million tax increase in response to a state Supreme Court order to overhaul the state`s public education system.