AFA Update: Tuesday, April 8, 2015- Continued report backs and further votes

The past week has seen AFA take dozens of unanimous votes on the biennial budget in response to the hard work done by the policy committees and represented in their report backs. More committees have presented their reports to Appropriations as well.

Audio and Materials

Date Reports Votes Audio
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Criminal Justice & HHS Report back Environment & Natural Resources
Marine Resources
Audio
Thursday, April 2, 2015 Criminal Justice

Education

Audio
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Taxation Health and Human Services Audio
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Judiciary Audio

Discussion

All the votes taken by AFA were unanimous and nearly every approved item was a unanimous report by the relevant policy committee. Controversial, split items or just items that committee members have further questions on are all tabled for further consideration.

Examples of tabled items include:

  • Anything related to the State Board of Corrections
  • Anything related to the Office of Information Technology and rising IT costs
  • The continuation of positions created by Financial Orders
  • Corrections medical costs
  • The elimination of large numbers of positions
  • Initiatives and language related to General Purpose Aid to local education
  • Support for the Maine Community College System
  • Funding to support some costs of further school consolidation
  • Additional funding for the Maine State Grant Program, which provides scholarship support to Maine students

Schedule

The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry committee will report back at 1:00 PM Thursday.

As the last report backs are presented to Appropriations, the committee will alternate between working on initiatives, caucusing to share their work, meeting in public to gather more information and deliberate and finally to vote.

As always the full schedule may be found here.

Please join us in Room 228 or you can always listen online here.

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