Partners for Our Children

Welcome to Week 13 of the 2013 Legislative Session!

As anticipated, on Wednesday, April 10th, the House Democrats released their budget and held a press conference and a public hearing.  The Appropriations Committee amended and passed the budget on the 11th, and it is expected to be voted on by the full House on the 12th.  On the Senate side, the budget was passed on Friday, April 5th.  And, now that both houses have passed budgets (or, in the case of the House, should be doing so today!), negotiations can begin.

There are significant differences between the House and Senate budgets, so reaching agreement could take considerable time.  The House budget, like the Governor’s, raises revenue by closing a number of tax loopholes and extending a couple of taxes that went into effect previously and are set to expire.  The Senate budget did not include any measures that would increase revenue.  The inclusion of revenue allowed the Governor and House to put significant dollars into K-12 (McCleary) and not make many cuts in health and human services.  There is a long way to go in terms of developing a budget that can get enough votes in the House (50) and Senate (25) to pass.  The question of revenue, how much and from what source(s), is going to be one of the biggest and most challenging issues to resolve.

Highlights from the House, Senate, and Governor’s budgets:

Children’s Administration

Family Assessment Response (FAR)

Performance Based Contracting (PBC)

Child Protective Services

Educational Coordinators

[$93,000 GFS; $124,000 total is provided to implement HB 1566, a bill related to education outcomes of foster youth.]

Adoption Support Payments

Administrative Efficiencies

Extended Foster Care

Powell Fatality Team

Aging and Adult Services

Kinship Caregivers

Economic Services

WorkFirst Reduction

Household Size

Reduce WorkFirst Partners

TANF Redesign Caseload

Reduce Child Care Cap

Reduce/Modify Safety Net Programs

Early Learning

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program

Home Visiting

Reach Out and Read


Expand Full-Day Kindergarten

Reduce Class Size for Kindergarten and First Grade for all High-Poverty Schools

Ensure Third Grade Literacy

Dropout Action Plan Grants

Consolidate Grants and Programs


In Other News….  

The cut-off for bills to be out of the opposite house is rapidly approaching – April 17th.  If bills are not out of the opposite house and are not ‘necessary to implement the budget’, they will die.  If a bill passes out of the opposite house but in a form different from what was passed in the original house, then the original house can either concur with the changes or ask the opposite house to recede.  If the opposite house does not recede and return the bill to the form it was in coming out of the original house, a conference committee can be convened to try to work out the differences in a manner both houses will accept!  That, and working on resolving the budget, is the work that goes on between the 18th and the 28th.

It is common for committees in the opposite house to amend bills that have come over from the other side.  While this update may include changes made in the opposite house policy committees, it will not include such information for all of the bills.  That the bill has been amended in committee will, at minimum, be identified.
Cut-Off Dates Reminder:
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Have a great weekend!
Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director