Over the past month the Appropriations committee has worked to move the majority of items unanimously recommended by policy committees into the biennial budget.
You can find audio of those deliberations here:
|April 10, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|April 16, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|April 28, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|April 29, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|April 30, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|May 1, 2015||Unanimous voting on unanimous items|
|May 7, 2015||Revenue Reforecast discussion and Change Package presentation|
There has been no voting on Taxation committee items, most HHS items remain tabled, significant Education items need to be considered, the disposition of county jails, increased, drug agents, drug courts, drug treatment, drug prosecutors and judges remain undecided and the arming of and reorganization of Forest Rangers is still tabled.
Sheets detailing the tabled items can be found here:
Here are highlights of the Governor’s change package to the biennial budget:
- No changes to the tax proposals
- Recognition of revenue changes made by the Revenue Forecasting Commission in their MAy 1, 2015 forecast
- FY15 increase of $22M
- FY16 decrease of ($32.3M)
- FY17 increase of $3.1M
- Creation of 2 7-bed facilities to house individuals found “not criminally responsible” (NCR) who do not need the hospital level of care offered at Riverview
- Using $6.5M in each year currently used to support the operations of County jails to provide recruitment and retention compensation to Department of Corrections Officers.
- Permit adult offenders up to age 26 to be housed alongside juveniles at the Mountain View Youth Development Center
- Provide a 4% increase for assisted living PNMI facilities
- Create an 18 month pilot project within the Department of Corrections to investigate methadone alternatives
- Includes 2 previously vetoed bills :
- Rep. Verrow’s motor vehicle excise tax exemption for adaptive equipment
- Rep. Powers sales tax exemption for nonprofit libraries
- Includes Rep. Fredette’s bill to provide free college for National Guard members for $1M
- Initiatives to move the Drinking Water program from DHHS to DEP- This has already been removed from the budget with a recommendation that the Environment and Natural Resources Committee consider the proposal
Materials provided by the Governor include:
- Table of contents
- Change package initiatives
- Change package language
- Positions impacted by change package
- General Fund Balance with change package
Public comment on the change package begins at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 11. The schedule is here.
The committee will be holding work sessions all next week and weekend.
As always you can listen to the committee’s on mic deliberations here.