New budget deal: Winners and losers
Posted May 31, 2011 12:19 p.m. EDT
Updated May 31, 2011 6:54 p.m. EDT
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).