New budget deal: Winners and losers

Posted May 31, 2011

After a little quality time with the new budget plan and a calculator, here's what differences I've found between the new Senate plan and the last Senate plan:

Education: The new plan bumps it up a little over $250 million.  The vast majority of the increase goes to K-12, with $14 million or so added for the university system, and a couple million more for the community colleges.  The $390 million cut to teachers assistants is gone, but schools will have to pick up an extra $120 million in flex cuts. 

Health and Human Services:  The new deal adds $61 million.  Half of that goes to Medical Assistance (Medicaid).  Mental health picks up an extra $18 or so million, with other small gains for public health, social services, adult/aging services, and central management.

Justice and Public Safety: Gains $7 M overall.  The SBI does not move out of Justice. State Capitol Police are still cut.   

Natural and Economic Resources: Loses $12 M overall.  Within the area, Commerce and Biotech picked up a few million each. Rural Development and the Dept. of Agriculture lost some funding. 

General Government:  Gains $3 M.  Most of that goes to Cultural Resources.  No consolidation of the state elections board with the ethics commission and lobbying regulation. 

Debt and Reserves:  Loses $58 million from pension and retirement contributions. 

Bottom line (unappropriated money) is now $14 million, down from $72 million.

Where's the money?

As I posted earlier, the new budget deal's pricetag comes in at $19.68 billion - that's about $251 more than the last proposal. 

The quarter-cent personal income tax cut went away - that's $55 M.

Less unapporpriated money left on the bottom line - that's $58 M.

They're suspending the corporate tax earmark  for school construction - another $72 M back in the general fund 

And they're putting about $96 million less into the bank - $18 million less to Savings Reserve, $78 million less to Repairs and Renovations.

That adds up to $281 million, which covers the added spending plus a few other money changes, including reinstating the tax deduction for severance wages ($16 M). 


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  • tobryant2 Jun 1, 2011

    Specifically - how does DENR do?

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 1, 2011

    Spot on, poster-boy for "We Don't Need No Steenkin' Education". ;)

  • whatelseisnew Jun 1, 2011

    "Would love to see information about Smart Start and More at Four. Thanks!"

    Yeah it would be nice to hear that these programs have been defunded and shut down.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 1, 2011

    At some point either we completely change how education is provided or we go belly up. When are people going to understand maintaining this most expensive and outmoded method of providing education is no longer sustainable. We should be executing a plan that starts closing down existing public schools and replacing them with alternative training centers run by private and church groups.

  • stanmak May 31, 2011

    no education reform! keep the status quo and tote the line on education spending! 46th in the nation is good enough for me! the only way to a good education system is to raise taxes and throw more money at it just like we have been doing for the last 10 years!!!!

  • weasel2 May 31, 2011

    So the whole state goes to _ell in a Hand Basket so education can keep with the status quo. Can't wait until 2012.

  • jfreud May 31, 2011

    Would love to see information about Smart Start and More at Four. Thanks!