This evening the Appropriations committee moved to a unanimous close of an FY14 supplemental budget and a final vote on LD 1807, “An Act To Restore Funding in the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund through Alternative Sources”.
Audio from today’s meeting can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user576293011/afa-03182014
- Move all of the items from Committee amendment “A”, adopted last Friday to LD 1807 into this vehicle
- This also reduces the Governor’s curtailment authority under the Rosen Report to $9.7M from $22.5M
- Reduced the FY14 request from DHHS for MaineCare to $36.0M from $45.2M
- Adopted emergency rule-making authority to allow DHHS to recognize additional revenue from hospital taxes
- Adopted language to ensure the growth of the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) to help provide critical job training skills to low-income clients. Should the Department of a Labor not adequately serve the population AFA can begin the process of adjusting the funds available to administer the program
- Approved a $2,250,000 transfer from Legislative Council to the General Fund
- Approved a $3M transfer of a credit from the state employee health insurance plan in FY14 with the direction that in FY15 the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services will reimburse that $3M to the health plan
- Replaced an FY14 $5M transfer from the Corrections Capital account with a pair of $2.5M transfers, one in each fiscal year of the biennium
- Approved Riverview Psychiatric Center (RPC) savings of $309,252 due to the short time remaining in FY14 to implement spending initiatives
- Recognized an additional $2.9M in Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) from FY15
- The Attorney General brought forward a settlement concerning Risperdal/Invega with Johnson & Johnson (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/business/johnson-johnson-to-settle-risperdal-improper-marketing-case.html?pagewanted=all) for $1.2M
- Approved $107,000 in FY14 and $134,000 in FY15 for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for contract pathological and histological services and OSR for an Assistant District Attorney in District 4 for a domestic violence prosecutor
- The AG is also permitted to carry forward Personal Services balances
- Approved a transfer from Dirigo Health of $500,000
- Approved transfer totaling $700,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Other Special Revenue (OSR) accounts
- Approved a transfer from the Housing Opportunities for Maine fund (HOME) share of the real estate transfer tax of $200,000
- Approved a transfer of $100,000 from the Judicial department’s Foreclosure Mediation program in FY14
- Approved an additional transfer of $81,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine
- Approved an increase in Judicial department record search fees, the increase will improve service and provide $51,000 in General a fund revenue
- Approved a further $250,000 of Other Special Revenue (OSR) from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (PFR) for a total transfer of $3.75M
On the motion of Rep. Keschl, AFA discussed a total sales tax of 15.5% on medical marijuana provided by dispensaries, increased from the current 5.5%, for $1,063,758 in General Fund revenue. This was not acted upon.
The committee moved to close the budget and exempt it from the Appropriations Table. The bill could be on the floor as soon as the end of this week or the beginning of the next.
LD 1807, “An Act To Restore Funding in the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund through Alternative Sources”
Having unanimously placed all the items from the Majority Report of LD 1807, AFA reconsidered its actions on LD 1807 and unanimously approved LD 1807 as presented, amended only by a fiscal note. The bill was then exempted from the Appropriations Table.
AFA will continue to work on FY15 and Rosen Report items. 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.