With operating budget agreement, appropriations would be up 20.5 percent over 2017–19

By: Emily Makings
11:14 am
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.

As I noted yesterday, the conference agreement would actually appropriate less from funds subject to the outlook than the versions that were passed by the House and Senate last month.

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).

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