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Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Information UPDATE – As passed out of Senate Appropriations

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS FY 2019 Budget

 

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a Budget last week and debated it on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill H.924 will be up for a final vote in the Senate on Tuesday May 1st. The bill will go back to the House and both the House and the Senate will appoint three Representatives and three Senators to serve on a Committee of Conference to resolve the differences between the House and Senate.

Below you will find links to the budget:

  • As it passed out of Senate Appropriations;
  • The FY 2019 Web Report (shows you the Governor’s recommend, the House actions and the Senate actions);
  • The Senate’s use of the onetime funds from the Tobacco litigation and other;
  • The Senate Highlights on the Budget and the House Highlights on the Budget

There are also links to some recent articles about the Budget and other legislation with the Governor’s commentary. There is a summary (highlights) of funding in the House and Senate actions from the VCDR Platform and excerpts from the Budget Web Report on disability related issues.

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BUDGET DOCUMENTS

H.924 FY 2019 Budget as passed out by Senate Appropriations https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/CALENDAR/sc180426a.pdf

FY 2019 Budget Web Report with Senate Appropriations Actions – Human Services http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/webreports/webreports/Web/FY2019%20Big%20Bill%20Web%20Report%204-26-2018%208_52_20%20AM.html#id3400001000

Senate Appropriations One Time and Tobacco Settlement Funding

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/SAC_tracking_FY19_and_long_list.pdf

H.924: FY 2019 Senate Budget Highlights – April 2018 http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/FY19%20Senate%20Budget%20Highlights%20Summary.pdf

H.924 House Budget Highlights – March 2018 http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2019/House_Fy_2019_Budget _Summary_Document.pdf

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BUDGET and RELATED ARTCLES

Senate OKs $5.86 billion budget – VTDigger 4/27/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-oks-5-86-billion-budget/

Lawmakers work to help struggling Vt. dairy farmers  http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Lawmakers-work-to-help-struggling-Vt-dairy-farmers-481096001.html

Senate jettisons Vermont National Guard tuition assistance, ThinkVermont initiatives – VTDigger 4/27/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/27/senate-jettisons-vermont-national-guard-tuition-assistance-thinkvermont-initiatives/

Lawmakers push back on Scott veto threats                                          By Dave Gram Apr 29 2018                                                     https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/29/lawmakers-push-back-scott-veto-threats/

 Scott administration looks to impose student ratios – VTDigger 4/24/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/25/scott-administration-looks-impose-student-ratios/

 

Scott ‘fairly certain’ that a veto session is on the way – VTDigger 4/24/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/24/scott-fairly-certain-veto-session-way/

Lawmakers not buying Scott’s one-time spending solution – VTDigger 4/23/18

https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/23/lawmakers-not-buying-scotts-one-time-spending-solution/

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 HIGHLIGHTS of SENATE ACTIONS on HOUSE PASSED BUDGET

Senate Appropriations agrees with House:

Restores Legal Aid cut – $198,624 (GF+FF)

Restores Health Care Advocate cut – $110,833 (GF+FF)

Restores Developmental Services Waiver cut – $4.3 M ($2M GF)

Funding for Mobile outreach for communities providing match – $160K

Partially restores Attendant Services General Fund Program (but adds language to protect recipients from losing services) – $750,000

Reduces AHS Grants – $2,000,000 across AHS

Reduces Reach-Up Support Services Grants – $1,159,485 (GF)

 

Senate Appropriations differs with House:

On eliminating Vermont Cost Sharing Reduction Program – ($827,000) (GF) Senate restores $600,000 with language.

Senate funds Mental Health increase for DA to increase pay for direct care staff – $4.3 million.

Senate adds for a 2% Meals on Wheels increase – $68,484 (GF) and $40,925 for a 2% Adult Day Rehab increase.

Does not fund new Rutland Supportive Housing new program.

Does not fund Warm Line Expansion.

Not funded in House or Senate:

Restoration of the Reach-Up Reduction for families with an adult member receiving SSI benefits

No increase in funding for the VT Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to keep folks with vision impairments comfortable in their homes

No funding was found for the Deaf Coordinator position in the Senate bill S.162

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 SELECTED BUDGET SECTIONS from the WEB REPORT

B.300 Human services – agency of human services – secretary’s office

Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House Senate Change Senate
Personal services 18,885,463 9,036,938 0 9,036,938 (265,000) 8,771,938
Operating expenses 5,446,646 11,271,185 182,301 11,453,486 (10,000) 11,443,486
Grants 7,394,843 5,483,315 (500,000) 4,983,315 0 4,983,315
Expense Total 31,726,952 25,791,438 (317,699) 25,473,739 (275,000) 25,198,739
General fund 9,686,490 7,953,786 (428,532) 7,525,254 (137,500) 7,387,754
Special funds 91,017 91,017 0 91,017 0 91,017
Federal funds 19,171,890 16,193,635 0 16,193,635 (137,500) 16,056,135
Global Commitment fund 453,000 453,000 0 453,000 0 453,000
Interdepartmental transfers 2,324,555 1,100,000 110,833 1,210,833 0 1,210,833
Fund Total 31,726,952 25,791,438 (317,699) 25,473,739 (275,000) 25,198,739
 

 

           

 

Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House (500,000) General fund Removes new funding Gov recommended for dental and home visits
House 71,468 General fund Restores proposed reduction to legal aid funding
House 110,833 Interdepartmental transfers Restores Gov reduction to Health Care Advocate
Senate (137,500) General fund Funds Gov Opioid Council in other legislation

B.301 Secretary’s office – global commitment

Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House Senate Change Senate
Operating expenses 846,057 0 3,156,749 3,156,749 0 3,156,749
Grants 1,551,543,525 1,573,745,212 5,674,296 1,579,419,508 5,703,530 1,585,123,038
Expense Total 1,552,389,582 1,573,745,212 8,831,045 1,582,576,257 5,703,530 1,588,279,787
General fund 265,536,825 271,905,320 7,882,509 279,787,829 2,635,601 282,423,430
Special funds 32,884,822 28,902,465 0 28,902,465 0 28,902,465
Tobacco fund 20,969,651 20,299,373 0 20,299,373 0 20,299,373
State health care resources fund 288,150,091 287,580,725 (3,100,000) 284,480,725 0 284,480,725
Federal funds 928,015,911 948,225,047 4,048,536 952,273,583 3,067,929 955,341,512
Interdepartmental transfers 16,832,282 16,832,282 0 16,832,282 0 16,832,282
Fund Total 1,552,389,582 1,573,745,212 8,831,045 1,582,576,257 5,703,530 1,588,279,787

 

Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House 3,100,000 General fund Increase to replace cig tax estimate in SHCRF -Transfer recommended by Gov not needed with appropriation. GF net impact is 0
House 768,814 General fund Restores 1/2 of primary case management monthly payment per patient
House 831,503 Federal funds Restore 1/2 of primary care case management payment
House 308,221 General fund Fully restores primary care loan repayment funding cut by Gov
House 358,779 Federal funds Fully restore primary care loan repayment funds cut by Gov
House 455,474 General fund Provides 2% rate increase for Home Heath Agency rates in DVHA GC and Choices for Care: AAA CFC case management, Flexible Choices, and Adult Day high and highest needs and Personal Care daily rates (does not apply to Personal Care, ERC or Misc)
House 530,187 Federal funds FF share of 2% HH rate increase
House 2,000,000 General fund Fully funds caseload cost estimate for Developmental Services
House 2,328,067 Federal funds Fully funds Developmental Services
House 1,250,000 General fund Funds added to reduce reliance on carryforward FY18 funds from $2.75m to $1.5m
House 3,156,749 Operating expenses Technical correction for exchange operations in correct expense line
 

Senate

 

374,205

 

General fund

 

State match for 2% for all Home and Community Based lines and providers

Senate 435,587 Federal funds Federal match for 2% for all Home and Community Based lines and providers
Senate 261,396 General fund State match to restore 67% of PCCM elimination through primary care rates
Senate 304,274 Federal funds federal match to restore 67% of PCCM value through primary care rates
Senate 2,000,000 General fund state match for MH DA increase for direct care staff pay increases
Senate 2,328,068 Federal funds federal match for DA increase

B.330 Disabilities, aging, and independent living – advocacy and independent living grants

Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House Senate Change Senate
Grants 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495 109,409 20,067,904
Expense Total 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495 109,409 20,067,904
General fund 8,403,232 6,734,891 750,000 7,484,891 68,484 7,553,375
Federal funds 7,148,466 7,148,466 0 7,148,466 0 7,148,466
Global Commitment fund 5,311,187 5,325,138 0 5,325,138 40,925 5,366,063
Fund Total 20,862,885 19,208,495 750,000 19,958,495 109,409 20,067,904

 

Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House 1,389,547 General fund Does not eliminate state funded Personally Directed Attendant Care (PDAC) program for non- Medicaid eligible persons as proposed by Gov.
House (639,547) General fund Savings estimated for current GF funded PDAC caseload moving to alternative service programs
Senate 68,484 General fund 2% Meals on Wheels increase
Senate 40,925 Global Commitment fund 2% increase on adult day rehab

B.333 Disabilities, aging, and independent living – developmental services

Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House Senate Change Senate
Grants 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985 0 221,097,985
Expense Total 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985 0 221,097,985
General fund 155,125 155,125 0 155,125 0 155,125
Special funds 15,463 15,463 0 15,463 0 15,463
Federal funds 359,857 359,857 0 359,857 0 359,857
Global Commitment fund 209,518,097 216,194,473 4,328,067 220,522,540 0 220,522,540
Interdepartmental transfers 0 45,000 0 45,000 0 45,000
Fund Total 210,048,542 216,769,918 4,328,067 221,097,985 0 221,097,985

 

Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House 4,328,067 Global Commitment fund Fully funds estimated caseload need in developmental services

B.314 Mental health – mental health

Fund/Expense Category FY18 Governor’s Rec House Change House Senate Change Senate
Personal services 29,871,025 30,983,975 (1,500,000) 29,483,975 1,500,000 30,983,975
Operating expenses 3,666,056 3,754,146 0 3,754,146 0 3,754,146
Grants 203,047,053 205,727,108 444,000 206,171,108 2,144,041 208,315,149
Expense Total 236,584,134 240,465,229 (1,056,000) 239,409,229 3,644,041 243,053,270
General fund 5,006,402 7,671,693 (1,056,000) 6,615,693 (684,027) 5,931,666
Special funds 434,904 434,904 0 434,904 0 434,904
Federal funds 8,187,653 8,782,053 0 8,782,053 0 8,782,053
Global Commitment fund 222,935,175 223,556,579 0 223,556,579 4,328,068 227,884,647
Interdepartmental transfers 20,000 20,000 0 20,000 0 20,000
Fund Total 236,584,134 240,465,229 (1,056,000) 239,409,229 3,644,041 243,053,270

 

Budget Stage Amount Category Note
House (1,500,000) General fund Removes 1Qtr funding for temporary forensic unit, operational funding expected to be needed in FY2020
House 168,000 General fund Increases warm line funding to have 24 hour/7 day coverage
House 276,000 General fund Funds to be allocated at the Department discretion in Rutland County for supportive housing services for individuals with mental health disabilities who have experienced chronic homelessness, using the low barriers model
Senate 4,328,068 Global Commitment fund Funds increase for DA to increase pay for direct care staff
Senate (240,000) General fund Leaves funding in Mobile outreach at $160k for communities providing match
Senate (276,000) General fund does not fund descretionary new Rutland supportive housing new program
Senate (168,027) General fund Does not fund warm line expansion