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FY 2012 Budget Process Update. House FY12 EEC Recommendation On April 28, 2011 the House engrossed H.3400, the FY2012 budget totaling $30.5B. The House.

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1 FY 2012 Budget Process Update

2 House FY12 EEC Recommendation On April 28, 2011 the House engrossed H.3400, the FY2012 budget totaling $30.5B. The House has recommended a budget for EEC of $501.28M, which is $2.5M higher than the Governors FY12 recommendation. The Houses commitment to the children and families of the Commonwealth in spite of scarce resources to deal with crippling budget demands is demonstrated in its FY12 budget recommendation. The House did not consolidate the caseload accounts, but did consolidate the Quality Supports and Family Engagement account. The House also recommended dedicating a separate line item for the Reach Out and Read program, which is currently funded from the Family Engagement line item. 2

3 The Houses FY12 Recommendation 3

4 FY12 Budget Process Admin: Build and Maintain Quality Infrastructure Board Approved Action: Step 1: Support maintenance needs of admin account Value: $304,859 (Payroll Relate:$288K; Lease Spaces $38K; and ($22K Miscellaneous) This figure is based on the cost of negotiated step increases, the value of collective bargaining agreement raises, the cost of lease increases in the Boston and Springfield offices, an increase in the cost of postage, and other minor costs. Governor: Did support maintenance needs. Funded the admin account at $11,683,491. Governor did provide enough funding to support our Admin maintenance needs, which include CBA increases, step increases, and anticipated lease increases. House: Funded at the level recommended by the Governor.

5 FY12 Proposed Budget and House 1 Board Approved Action: Step 2: Rebuild EEC Staffing Infrastructure Value: $379,114 (Fill 6 positions essential to EEC infrastructure). Director of Community Partnership and Outreach: ($75,000) Chief Operations Officer: ($85,000) Two (2) Fiscal Monitors: ($59,292 each for a total of $118,584) Two (2) Child Care Licensing Specialists: ($50,265 each for a total of $100,530) This is the first stage in a multi-year effort to rebuild the EEC staff to levels appropriate to provide quality management and delivery of the EEC mission. Overall admin increase would be $683,973 ($304K for maintenance and $379K for 6 additional positions). Governor: Did not support the additional positions requested. House: Not requested - the budget submission to the legislature was restricted to maintenance. 5

6 FY12 Budget Process 6 Non-Admin : Access Management Value: $150,000 Annualized cost to maintain COTS Waitlist system. Governor: Does not include additional funding to support the annual maintenance cost of the COTS Waitlist. Alternative resources will have to be used to support FY12 cost. House: Did not include. Alternative resources would have to be used if appropriation does not change in the Senate : Support QRIS Activities Value: $4.0M QRIS raises the standard of care and must therefore be supported with its own annual appropriation. Governor: Does not include additional funding for QRIS Activities in this account, nor does House 1 fund a separate line item for this specific purpose (does fund a $3M reserve that could help support QRIS). House: Not requested as part of the maintenance submission : Increase Funding for Professional Development Value: $500K The FY11 statewide implementation of a professional development network once implemented is expected to have a demand which exceeds current funding. Governor: Does not include funding for this request. House: Not requested as part of the maintenance submission : Return Mental Health to FY10 Funding Level Value: $250,000 (Increases appropriation to $1M) Reduction in funding cut services and emphasis on supporting crisis assistance for children in need of services. More children with mental health issues are being served in child care. Governor: Did not recommend additional funds over FY11 levels. House: Not requested as part of the maintenance submission.

7 FY12 Proposed Budget – Structure Issues 7 Quality Supports and Family Engagement: The House consolidated the Quality Supports account into the Family Engagement item and level funded. Child Care Accounts Governor: recommends consolidating the three caseload accounts into one ( ) and level funds the proposed account at $446M. House: Does not recommend consolidating the three caseload accounts, but funds the caseload at a total of $448.2M ($2M higher than the Governors recommendation). 1.Supportive: Funds at $77.5M, which is 4.2% increase over projected FY11 spending. 2.DTA-Related: Funds at $133.3M, which is $222K more than FY11 projected spending. 3.Income Eligible: Funds at $237.4M, which is roughly $4M more than appropriated in FY11, but $1.6M less than anticipated expenditures inFY11. The FY12 recommended amount would enable EEC to provide care to roughly 34,168 children, on average, per month.

8 FY12 Budget Process Governor Submitted January 26, Proposed an overall EEC budget of $498.5M, which is essentially level funding Consolidates the Caseload accounts. House Completed April 28, Proposes an overall EEC budget of $501.2, which is $2.5M higher than the Governors proposal Does not consolidate the caseload accounts, but does consolidate the Quality and Family Engagement line items and funds Reach Out and Read into its own line item. Senate Released in early to mid May by SWM. The Senate deliberates the budget and passes its version. Conference Committee To reconcile the difference between the House and Senate versions a Conference committee comprising 3 members from each the House and Senate convenes. The report of that committee is typically completed by mid to late June. The House and Senate enact the bill and send it to the Governor for his signature The bill becomes law upon the Governors signature. Vetoes and Overrides Governor may sign the bill with objections to certain items. Everything outside of those vetoed items become law July 1. The vetoed items must be overridden by 2/3 of the House and then the Senate. FY12 Budget Complete Once vetoes and overrides are done the FY12 GAA (General Appropriation Act) budget process is complete. 8


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