AFA Update- Tuesday, June 2, 2015: GPA, Revenue Sharing and tax changes

Today AFA voted on a number of budget lines, amendments and language pieces.

Highlights include setting Revenue Sharing at $62.5M for each of the next two years in defiance of the Governor’s plan to eliminate the aid to municipalities, finalizing $80M in additional support for local schools through GPA over the next biennium, rejecting the Governor’s income and corporate tax changes, accepting the Republican proposal to set the Estate Tax at the federal exclusion of $5.5M going forward instead of the Governor’s plan to eliminate the Estate Tax, reject the Governor’s plan to transfer properties from the BETR program to the BETE program -municipalities objected to this plan and require that if someone applies for General Assistance with 45 days of being released from a correctional facility the invoice for that assistance will be rendered to their residence prior to their incarceration.

Audio of today’s hearings is here.

Copies of the amendments are here.

Item Motion Dissent
C-4 Pushes the 1% annual target to reach 55% out In 8-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
C-5 Keeps language to use casino funds for Pre-K, Pushes out of this biennium In-Am
C-11, 12, 13 Allows the Commissioner of DOE to support school improvement, career and technical and performance evaluation and professional growth systems activities In
C-18 Establishes the cost of K-12 education provides adjusted misc costs at $1.5M/year In
G-1-6 BETR/BETE changes Out 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
J-1-4 Estate tax set the Maine estate tax at the federal exemption of $5.5M beginning in January 1, 2016 at a cost of $14M in FY17 In-Am 11-2 Nutting, Sirocki
K-1-50 Changes in the individual and corporate taxes Out 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
M-2 Change to conform with the rest of the Part M votes In-Am 10-3 Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
M-3 Increases statutory cap on “Rainy Day Fund” In
M-4 Changes how the growth limit is calculated for General Purpose Aid to Education Out 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
M-7 Changes the distribution of the “Cascade” of year end revenue surpluses In
M-8-11 Changes growth calculation for EPS & Highway Fund In
U- Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services at $750,000K/year In-Am 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
X-1 Phases out pet food surcharge (Rep. Timberlake proposed an amendment that was rejected 5-8) Out 8-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake, Martin
FF-1 Use Forest Protection funds for the overhaul of helicopters In
KK-1 Require Corrections to overhaul efficiency and allows the Budget Officer to transfer positions to achieve those efficiencies in the upcoming biennium upon notifying the Appropriations committee In-Am
QQ-1 Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services at $750,000/year In-Am 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
ZZ-1-3, DDD Rejecting the plan to remove assistance from legally present new Mainers In-Am 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
BBB Changes disability determination from 90-45 days Out 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
KKK-1-3 Changes the method of General Assistance and the State Valuation Amount Out 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
PPP-1-4 Change the compensation for judges Out
TTT Moves teacher fingerprinting costs to Public Safety In
BBBB Repeals that rent be paid directly to the Maine Military Authority per the recommendation of the VLA committee Out 8-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
DDDD Allows Agriculture to transfer balances between Forest Health and Monitoring and Forest Protection to pay for forest protection In 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
FFFF Permit adult offenders to be housed in the Mountain View Youth Development Center with juvenile offenders Out 7-6 All Rs
GGGG Limit the salary of the Adjutant General and firefighters covered by the Master Cooperative Agreement Out 7-6 All Rs
NNNN Transfers balances from IF&W carrying accounts Out 8-5
OOOO Deal with Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance sites In
Language from LD 370 to Amend lobbyist disclosure laws- redirecting lobbyist registration fees to the Commission on Governmental Ethics In 12-1 Winsor
Language to conduct a court feasibility study in York, Oxford and Waldo Counties In
Rep. Winsor’s amendment to capture $700,000 from the Dirigo Health ending balance In
Rep. Frey and Sen. Katz’s amendment to require that if someone applies for General Assistance with 45 days of being released from a correctional facility the invoice for that assistance will be rendered to their residence prior to their incarceration In 9-4 Nutting, Sirocki, Winsor, Timberlake
Sen. Katz amendment to have the District Attorney’s propose how  in the future additional Assistant District Attorney’s will be allocated among the prosecutorial districts Table
Sen. Hamper’s amendment related to LD 592, changing the sale price of fuel sold for the operation of greenhouse facilities Table
Adjustments from Legislative Council from $10,000 annually in dues from NCSL to the Commission on Uniform State Laws In
Language to implement the increased reimbursement of Indigent Legal Services from $55-$60/hour as accepted last night In
Allow for adequate one day borrowing between fiscal years to achieve a balance in FY16 In 12-1 Timberlake
Eliminate positions in various programs in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Out 10-3 Sirocki, Nutting Timberlake
Pet food surcharge line item Out 9-4
Eliminates positions within Municipal Planning Assistance in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Out 9-4 Sirocki, Nutting Timberlake, Winsor
Eliminate the Sec. 21 waitlist Out 9-4 Sirocki, Nutting Timberlake, Winsor
Replace funds for the Employment Security fund to be used for administrative costs from General Fund to replace federal funds- Rep. Sanborn presented an amendment to use existing Reed Act funds that are intended to used for these administrative purposes Table 8-4
27 New positions in the Office of Information Technology In 12-1 Timberlake
Set Revenue Sharing for Munipicalities at $62.5M for both years of the biennium In- Am 9-4 Sirocki, Nutting Timberlake, Winsor

The committee expects to complete its work tomorrow.

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