AFA Update: Tuesday, May 12, 2015- Preliminary change package votes

This afternoon the AFA committee voted on several items presented in the Governor’s change package.

Audio of today’s brief hearing can be found here.

  • Removal of $10M in debt service for building a new $100M plus Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) building in Augusta
  • A pair of positions in Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS)
  • $600,000 in funding to update the data used in the state’s econometric programs used to forecast revenue
  • Removal of the elimination of 11.5 positions in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF)
  • Various revenue adjustments following the May 1 Revenue Forecasting Committee (RFC) report
  • Adjusted the funding necessary to host the Maine International Conference on the Arts from 2 years to 1 year, a savings of $70,000
  • Approved sundry positions reorganizations and reclassifications
  • Approved the removal of General Fund (GF) support for the operation of the Maine Charter School Commission(MCSC) ≈$300,000
  • Recognized federal funds awarded to the Maine Health Data Organization(MHDO)
  • Rejected $14.6M in spending for MaineCare Payments to Providers that DHHS feels they no longer need but had requested in the budget
  • Continued one limited-period Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer Supervisor and increased the position to full-time
  • Approved $12,000 in per diem for members of the State Board of Property Tax Review

Appropriations will continue to work tomorrow following session.

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