Final vote on “Rainy Day” Fund Bill

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
3/14/2014
Subtracting from the balance (restorations)
FY15
Initiative
Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing-transportation

200,000

Secretary of State’s Office-Help America Vote Act Elections position

113,253

Secretary of State’s Office-increased hours for Elections position

11,669

Merit and longevity for State employees in all branches

4,500,000

DHHS- Legal non-citizens food supplement

310,692

Maine Community College System- Student aid grants cut in Rosen Report

589,452

Education- worker Welcome Center established by the Workforce committee

75,000

Education- General Purpose Aid to Local Education- Cut in the Rosen Report

9,562,132

Maine Maritime Academy- Student aid grants cut in Rosen Report

90,166

University of Maine System -Across the board cut in Rosen Report

2,043,600

Department of Health and Human Services- State funding for Head Start  cut in Rosen Report

448,875

Language to amend Part F in Biennial Budget to adjust curtailment
GPA Fix

36,000

TOTAL

17,980,839

Adding to the balance (sources)
FY15
Initiative
Dirigo fund balance

5,746,207

Repeal of the Super R&D Tax Credit

2,650,000

Casino revenue overage in FY15 for General Purpose Aid to Local Education

3,494,492

Adjusted revenue from a change in the hospital rebasing formula necessary to meet the additional revenue projected in the 2014-20115 Biennial Budget

1,000,000

Lapsed Personal Services balances

2,500,000

Pine Tree Zones- 50% cut going forward

1,250,000

ending new credit, paying 50% carry over
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation- Other Special Revenues

1,000,000

TOTAL

17,640,699

Balance in LD 1807

500,000

Savings above spending

(159,860)

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.

Schedule

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.

 

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