Change package details
AFA met with Commissioner Figueroa to receive details of the Governor’s change package. Previewed on Wednesday, the change package will now be considered by the Legislature.
Documents are available here:
Highlights not revealed on Wednesday include:
- Substantial resources for treatment of Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD)
- Details of the MaineCare reform proposals including reimbursement rate changes
- Transfer of funding from Long Creek Youth Development Center to support new community-based juvenile housing and programming in Juvenile Community Corrections program, including the elimination of 13.5 positions
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility for children regardless of immigration status
- Increased salary range for the Executive Director of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services (MCILS) to assist with recruitment and retention
- Changes compensation for assigned and contract counsel in MCILS to routine technical rulemaking
- 16 temporary Career Center Consultant positions
- $1.5M increase for Post-secondary course payments in public schools
- $225K additional assistance for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics
- Establishment of adult MaineCare dental coverage
- $100K for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for the examination of health care, childcare and work force challenges
Tuesday, May 18 AFA holds public hearings for new bond bills including the Governor’s bond package, LD 1702. The hearings begin at 10:00 AM.
At 2:00 PM Gordon Smith, the Governor’s Director of Opioid Response, will speak with the committee.
Wednesday, May 19 the Legislature will be in session at the Augusta Civic Center.
A public hearing on the Governor’s change package will begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 20.
Votes and discussions from meetings will be found here along with history on past budgets.