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					NCACC LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN
Bulletin #12-02 Thursday, August 15, 2002

AT LAST! HOUSE PASSES BUDGET Following two days of frequently rancorous debate, the House of Representatives enacted a 2002 budget proposal on Monday evening, August 12. The funding plan provides a framework for work in a joint conference committee with the Senate that will hopefully begin work next week. At the same time, differences between the two chambers on how to finance the budget must also be resolved. A significant difference between the House and Senate in financing the budget is the timing of implementation for the local option sales tax (see NCACC web site for details). A significant difference in the two spending plans is the use by the House of more non-recurring funds for recurring obligations in order to fully fund the “More at Four” pre-kindergarten program for at-risk children. A floor amendment requiring that every program be subject to zero-based budgeting at least once every five years also is a significant difference that must be resolved in conference. Some differences between the House and Senate budget plans that are of interest to the counties are itemized below.

Health and Human Services House Reduce funds for Area Agencies on Aging Reduce local Smart Start Partnerships Increase Child Care Subsidy Funds Private Duty Nursing – Reduce rates Private Duty Nursing – Reduce hours Personal Care Services – Reduce hours Reduce CAP/MR and CAP/DD Reduce CAP/DA Reduce Adult Dental Services Define “Efficient Provider” for Long Term Care Reduce various Provider Reimbursement Rates Reduce Case Management Services Reduce Public Health Department Rates Reduce funds to Area Mental Health Programs Reduce Aid to County Social Services Eliminate Carry-forward for Electing Counties Eliminate Funds for Adult Home Specialists Reduce Welfare Automation Funds Reduce Health Choice Premiums to Medicaid Rate Increase Funding for “More at Four” $450,000 $20.0 million $18.8 million $496,639 $2.6 million Senate $450,000 $24.7 million -0$292,052 $2.6 million $18.3 million $13.5 million $5.1 million $15.1 million $2.2 million $20.0 million $29.2 million $5.5 million $600,000 $1.4 million $8.5 million

$3.2 million $7.7 million $671,000 $1.0 million $600,000 $10.0 million $8.5million $28.0 million

Correction Reduce Criminal Justice Partnership Program Charge for Electronic Monitoring Juvenile Justice Reduce local JCPC grants Eliminate Teen Court Programs Increase County Payment Rates for Detention Beds Close Buncombe and Umstead Detention Centers Convert Samarkand Manor to Female Facility Charge Area Mental Health and LEA‟s for Eckerd Camp

House $1.7 million

Senate $2.1 million $276,000

$ 445,000 $ 488,000 $ 600,000 $1.4 million $6.8 million

$890,000 $488,000 $600,000 $1.4 million $6.8 million $1.2 million

Public Schools Reduce Classroom Materials/Supplies/Equipment Lease Purchase of School Bus Replacements Re-direct ADM Capital Funds to General Funds for 2002-03 Provide Hold Harmless Funds for Counties with „0‟ Balance in ADM Fund (4 Counties) Central Office Administration in Local School Systems Local School Building Admin.(Principals/Ass‟t Principals) Defer Reduction in Kindergarten Class Size Reduce Class Size in Kindergarten and Grade 1 Direct Local School Boards to Make Discretionary Reductions ABC Bonuses Community Colleges Eliminate Summer Term Block Grant Reduce Academic Support Supplement Offset Appropriations with Tuition Increase Enrollment Increase Adjustment Equipment Reduction

Senate $2.3 million $19.6 million $45.0 million -0$3.3 million $9.3 million $13.9 million -0$23.4 million $79.0 million

House $2.8 million $19.6 million $44.5 million $1.75 million $3.3 million -0-0$42.4 million $66.0 million $79.0 million

$7.2 million $3.0 million $10.8 million $50.7 million -0-

-0$3.0 million $10.8 million $51.8 million $2.0 million

Senate Agriculture Farmer‟s Markets/Marketing Cut Agriculture research stations Labor Environment and Natural Resources Reduce CAMA planning funds Reduce aid to counties (Env. Health) Close/cut state parks Reduce Agriculture Cost Share Assist. Cut Natural Heritage Trust Fund Increase Farmland Preservation TF Cut Clean Water Management TF Commerce Eliminate Global Transpark marketing Reduce Ind. Dev. Revolving Fund Reduce Councils of Gov‟t Reduce Reg. ED Partnerships Reduce NC Rural Center $5.6 million $960,808 $1.45 million $1.5 million $13.5 million $76,000 $134,281 $648,569 -0$3.3 million -0$30 million $3.9 million $172,036 $1.4 million $102,850 $700,000 $423,851

House $4.8 million $963,417 $1.45 million $951,725 $14.0 million $76,000 $134,281 $563,227 $400,000 $3.3 million $200,000 $30 million $10.3 million $172,036 $3.0 million $102,850 $525,000 $423,851

James B. Blackburn, III, General Counsel C. Ronald Aycock, Executive Director


				
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