AFA Update: Monday, June 1, 2015- Votes on GPA funding, Community College funding, wait lists and Fredette’s bill LD 1414

This evening the Appropriations committee held a public hearing on LD 1414 An Act Regarding the Disposition of Certain Funds Received by the Attorney General Pursuant to a Court Order or Settlement

Audio from that hearing is here. (Audio begins with the testimony of Cynthia Montgomery, Acting Legal Counsel for the Governor)

Discussion centered on the Governor’s motivations for submitting this bill through Rep. Fredette at this time. Rep. Frey and Rep. Grant directly questioned the Governor’s sequestration of the $21.5M from the Standard & Poors settlement. Essentially it can be argued that the Governor’s actions violate the court order putting the funds at the “sole discretion of the Attorney General”.

Following a brief break the committee returned to take a series of votes on the few remaining budget items.

The audio of those deliberations is here.

Item Motion Dissent
$1.5M for the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services In-Am 9-1 Timberlake
$1.8M to eliminate waitlists for home and community based services for older adults
$2.6M to support Health Homes A & B for children with severe behavioral challenges and adults with one or more chronic conditions (Secs. 91 & 92) In-Am 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
$400,000 for the Maine International Trade Center In
$6M for capital construction and repair In-Am 10-3 Sirocki, Timberlake, ??
$1.5M for the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local Services In-Am 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Funding for Office of Information Technology a 10% reduction of the Governor’s proposed amount In-12-1 Nutting
A position for the Office of the Treasurer In 12-1 Winsor
$398,948 for the purchase of additional vehicles for Public Safety In-Am 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Just over $1M for the creation of a new liquor excise tax payment system In
Establish a part time research position for the Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel In
A further $50M ($39M from General Funds and $11M to be redirected from Miscellaneous Costs in Part C) of support for General Purpose Aid to Education over the biennium for a total increase of $80M In-Am 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
$2.9M in FY16 for the Commission on Indigent Legal Services, the full amount requested for the first year of the biennium In-Am9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Increased reimbusement for attorneys in the Indigent Legal Services Program, the increase is to $60/hour for a total of $3.3M In-Am
Provide $135k/year for increased Shelter Operating Subsidy In 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Drug Court funding $654,000 In
Part time State Museum position In 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Support for the Bicentennial Celebration at the State Museum $40,000 In
Support for the purchase of military service credit In
Funding for the Cold Case Homicide unit $700K In
Further support for the Maine Community College System with a further $2M in FY17 for a total increase of $8M, just under 5% as requested by MCCS to prevent layoffs and tuition increases In-Am 9-4 Timberlake, Sirocki, Winsor, Nutting
Support for the Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy $240K In

The committee will continue its work Tuesday afternoon.

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