Monday, December 14, 2009

Gov's Budget Recommendation Notes

The Governor said there is a budget gap of slightly less than $700 million; not the $850 million that was anticipated. Since the legislative session however, there has been a revenue decrease of $157 million for the FY2010 budget year, necessitating the 3% cuts discussed above.

FY2010 Budget Reductions
Agency Reductions - $39 million
Public Education - $72 million
Bonding for Roads - $25 million
Medicaid Settlement - $20 million
OPED/Termination Pool - $6 million
Reduce USTAR - $5 million
Restricted fund balance - $16 million

However, the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget anticipates that the FY2011 budget will increase or flatten, due to additional revenues from the recovering economy. The Governor’s office estimates $191 million in revenue by the end of FY2011, which is a $34 million net growth for FY2011. However, the state will continue to weather shortfalls until then:

FY2010 Shortfall
Revenue Shortfall - $157 million
Additional Shortfall – $6 million
Supplemental Shortfall - $20 million
Total Shortfall - $187 million

FY2011 Shortfall
Public Education - $293 million
Higher Education - $66 million
Other State Agencies - $151 million
Total Shortfall - $510 million

Total Shortfall for remainder of FY2010 and FY2011 = $693 million

The Governor’s FY2011 Budget Recommendations:
· Fully funds the budget
· Protects public and higher education
· Avoids exacerbating the budget and its structural imbalance
· Covers needs in state agencies
· Preserves $253 million in the Rainy Day Fund
· No tax increases.

The Governor's FY2011 budget priorities would cost an estimated $510 in his $11 billion budget.
1. Public Education - $293 million.
2. Higher Education – $66 million.
3. Other State Agencies - $151 million.
a. Corrections - $21 million.
b. Human Services - $18 million.
c. Workforce Services - $2 million.
d. Health - $38 million.

The FY2011 recommendations also included a list of additional revenue streams to enhance revenue growth within the State:

Stop the Sales tax vendor discount (1.31%) that was implemented several years ago. This will provide the state with $20 million in on-going funds.

Begin a quarterly estimated tax filing for self-employed persons. This would provide an additional $125 million in one-time funds.

Bonding for Roads, freeing up cash in transportation. This would provide $25 million in FY2010 and $75 million in FY2011.

Tap into the Rainy Day Fund, providing $166 million in one-time funds.

Enhanced Federal Medicaid Assistance Program funding of $56 million in one-time funds.

Using the student population account for $31 million in one-time funds.

The additional revenues amount to $510 million.

When asked the question what will happen with the retirement account, Governor Herbert said his budget accounts for the contribution rate increase (2%) that URS requested this year.

Governor Herbert stated that it was important for him to live within his means, retain some money in the Rainy Day Fund, not increase taxes, and keep Public and Higher Education at the 2010 funding level, while still maintaining service in each of the state agencies.