Saturday afternoon Appropriations concluded a morning of caucus work by voting on remaining FY14 items before the committee.
The audio from today’s meeting may be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user576293011/afa-03152014
The items unanimously approved include:
- Approved language to delay decision on funds for the State Board of Corrections (SBOC) operations of county jails until Criminal Justice has the opportunity to complete work on legislation improving the governance and financial controls of county jails. The committee will leave an unappropriated balance intended to meet this need at the appropriate time
- Provide $109,180 for transportation needs at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
- Transfer $5M in unexpended balances from the Fund for a Healthy Maine in FY14
- Provide funds to support existing food supplement needs for legal non-citizens per PL 2013, Ch. 368, Part OO, Section 14
- Provide Other Special Revenue funding to support a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Public Safety and the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund
- Provide a total of $860,000 in supplemental funding to the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (MECILS) for FY14 obligations
- Transfer $1,867,740 of Personal Services carry forward from the Unorganized Territory Education fund
- Transfer $5M from the Department of Corrections Capital account
Rejected items include:
- A 0.167% cut in All Other funding statewide
- An increase in the attrition rate for Personal Services from 6% to 10%
- Additional revenue from applying the current additional 0.5% sales tax to the service provider tax
23 lines remain to be considered for FY14.
The committee adjourned to caucus for the rest of the day.
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