March 12, 2020
The 2020 supplemental operating budget conference agreement would increase 2019–21 appropriations from funds subject to the outlook plus the workforce education investment account (NGFO+WEIA) to $53.849 billion, an increase of 20.5 percent over 2017–19 spending.
In terms of the NGFO+WEIA, the conference agreement would increase spending by $975.8 million over enacted 2019–21 appropriations. Of that, $136.3 million is maintenance level (the cost of continuing current services) and $839.5 million is new policy. (New policy was $973.6 million in the Senate-passed budget and $1.020 billion in the House-passed budget.) The chart below compares the policy changes.
Some NGFO+WEIA policy highlights:
- About $159 million for housing and homelessness
- $38.4 million for state hospital operations
- $45.8 million in one-time funding for local effort assistance
- $31.8 million for counselors in high poverty elementary schools
- $62.8 million for pupil transportation
- Savings of $71.1 million from an updated school employees’ benefits board rate
- $25.0 million for fire suppression
- $50.0 million for a new climate resiliency account (to be used in the future)
- $15.0 million for aerospace workforce development
Additionally, instead of appropriating funds from the general fund–state (GFS) to the WEIA to maintain its solvency, the agreement would transfer $41.3 million from the GFS to the WEIA. Finally, $100.0 million would be appropriated from the rainy day fund (HB 2965) for coronavirus response (on top of the NGFO+WEIA appropriations).Categories: Budget , Categories.