APPROPRIATION ACTIONS OF THE 1995 LEGISLATURE


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Overview of 1995 Session
Appropriation Actions

Overview

For the 1996 fiscal year the Legislature appropriated a total of $3,772,163,632. During the 1995 session the Legislature also appropriated $3,363,938 in supplemental funding for the FY'95 operations of state agencies.

Appropriations for FY'96 are $84.8 million higher than the original appropriation for FY'95 (before the addition of supplemental appropriations). This represents an increase of 2.3%. From the Adjusted FY'95 Appropriation (after the addition of supplemental appropriations) the increase is $81.4 million or 2.2%. Table 1 outlines the appropriations made during the 1995 Session.

FY'96 Base Funding Level

Traditionally, the Legislature begins the appropriations process by identifying the "base" funding level for each agency. This level is generally the appropriation amount from the prior session less funding that was provided for one-time purposes. During this session, however, the beginning point for appropriation adjustments was the funding provided in the General Appropriations Bill.

General Appropriations Bill

A General Appropriations bill (HB 1716) was passed in March to provide a base funding level for all agencies. The bill appropriated a total of $3,717,383,687 for the FY'96 operations of state agencies. Included in the bill were the Governor's recommendations for $26.7 million in across-the board budget cuts, $2.8 million in targeted budget cuts, and $3.4 million in reductions for the removal of one-time funding items.

Additional funding of $6.2 million was provided to annualize the funding for the pay increases granted last session to state employees, law enforcement officers and judges. Funding was also provided to replace one-time funds used in the current year Medicaid budget ($27 million), to annualize funding for new beds in the Department of Corrections ($15 million) and to annualize new programs and beds in the Department of Juvenile Affairs ($5.4 million). Funding for the Department of Transportation was increased by the amount of new money available in the Transportation Fund ($14.5 million). This fund is dedicated for use by this Department.

The following methodology was used to arrive at the appropriation levels used in the GA Bill.

  1. Agencies took the 2.5% cut as recommended by the Governor. The methodology to determine the cut amount used in the Executive Budget was followed. Adjustments were made for revolving funds, individual entitlement payments and funds passed on to local governments. The Department of Transportation and the University Hospitals were exempted from the cut.

  2. Agencies took the targeted cuts as recommended by the Governor (except for OCAST which was cut $250,000 instead of $500,000, and the University Hospitals, which was not cut by $1.6 million).

  3. "Holes" in agency budgets were filled if included in the Executive Budget. Examples include Rainy Day Funds for Higher Education, carryover used in the Department of Human Services and revolving funds used by the Office of Personnel Management.

  4. Funds appropriated last session for one-time purposes were removed.

  5. Funding to annualize the FY'95 state employee, judicial and law enforcement pay raises was provided.

  6. Generally, funding for new programs was not included in the General Appropriations bill. Exceptions to this include additional road funds for the Department of Transportation and additional funding to Corrections and the Office of Juvenile Affairs to annualize bed space and programs begun last session.

SB 172 included amendments to the General Appropriations Bill that were requested by the Governor. It included funding changes for a few agencies and the removal of fiscal year limitations for all agencies.

Base funding for the Department of Human Services and the Worker's Compensation Court was vetoed by the Governor. Attempts to override these vetoes failed. Funding for these agencies was later enacted in other legislation.

Supplemental Appropriations

Supplemental appropriations of $3.4 million were adopted for the FY'95 operations of state agencies (this excludes $5 million appropriated to Higher Education and Vocational Technical Education which was offset by a reduction in funding from another source). The largest supplemental went to the Department of Corrections ($2.9 million) to provide operational funds for costs associated with the growing prison population. See Table 2 for a complete listing of supplemental appropriations.

Governor's Vetoes

While the Legislature was still in session the Governor vetoed $19 million in additional appropriations. These funds were subsequently appropriated for many of the same purposes, with nearly all being vetoed again (except for $324,382 for the transfer of the perinatal program from the Physician Manpower Training Commission to the Department of Health). See Table 3 for a listing of vetoes.

 

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