This afternoon, in the bright of day, the Appropriations committee held a work session for LD 1807, “An Act To Restore Funding in the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund through Alternative Sources”. The bill makes FY15 transfers to the Budget Stabilization, or “Rainy Day”, Fund. Audio from today’s meeting is available here: https://soundcloud.com/user576293011/afa-03142014
Democrats on the committee proposed an amendment to the bill to address additional FY2015 needs. Republicans rejected that amendment
The amendment meets all of the Governor’s objectives.
|PROPOSED APPROPRIATIONS AMENDMENT LANGUAGE FOR LD 1807|
|Subtracting from the balance (restorations)|
|Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing-transportation||
|Secretary of State’s Office-Help America Vote Act Elections position||
|Secretary of State’s Office-increased hours for Elections position||
|Merit and longevity for State employees in all branches||
|DHHS- Legal non-citizens food supplement||
|Maine Community College System- Student aid grants cut in Rosen Report||
|Education- worker Welcome Center established by the Workforce committee||
|Education- General Purpose Aid to Local Education- Cut in the Rosen Report||
|Maine Maritime Academy- Student aid grants cut in Rosen Report||
|University of Maine System -Across the board cut in Rosen Report||
|Department of Health and Human Services- State funding for Head Start cut in Rosen Report||
|Language to amend Part F in Biennial Budget to adjust curtailment|
|Adding to the balance (sources)|
|Dirigo fund balance||
|Repeal of the Super R&D Tax Credit||
|Casino revenue overage in FY15 for General Purpose Aid to Local Education||
|Adjusted revenue from a change in the hospital rebasing formula necessary to meet the additional revenue projected in the 2014-20115 Biennial Budget||
|Lapsed Personal Services balances||
|Pine Tree Zones- 50% cut going forward||
|ending new credit, paying 50% carry over|
|Department of Professional and Financial Regulation- Other Special Revenues||
|Balance in LD 1807||
|Savings above spending||
Republicans on the committee chose not to support this amendment despite it containing items brought forward by them and important to them.
The amendment brought forward by Democrats is the Majority Ought to Pass Report. Republicans supported a Minority Ought to Pass Report of the bill only as proposed by the Governor.
Republicans did publicly pledge to work on further budgets. Chair Rotundo raised that she is looking forward to continuing to work with all members of the committee.
The Appropriations committee will meet both in caucus and on mic Saturday. Additionally, the committee will meet all of next week to continue work on a FY14 and FY15 supplemental budget.
The full schedule may be found here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm
As always please join the committee in Room 228, listen online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm or watch MPBN’s Capitol Connection broadcast either here: http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx, over the air or through your cable provider.