AFA Update, May 9, 2015- Unanimous votes, remaining items and Change Package

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:

Appropriations Audio  
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:

Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS Language (with AFA votes)

Other Part A initiatives

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:

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.


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