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FY2015 House Budget Fiscal Committee May 5, 2014. Overview: FY15 House Budget. On April 9, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released its FY15 Budget Recommendations The final House budget was passed April 30, 2014.

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Fy2015 house budget fiscal committee may 5 2014

FY2015 House BudgetFiscal CommitteeMay 5, 2014


Overview fy15 house budget

Overview: FY15 House Budget

  • On April 9, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released its FY15 Budget Recommendations

  • The final House budget was passed April 30, 2014.

  • HWM recommended an overall budget of $36.37B, a 5% increase from FY 2014 estimated spending and approximately $18.8M less than the Governor’s proposal. The House added $143.8M in additional spending through the amendment process for a total spending level of $36.51B.

  • Specific to early education, HWM recommended a FY15 budget for EEC of $515.2M, which is $2.6M more than the FY14 total available funding level of $512.6M, but $16.5M below the Governor’s recommendation of $531.7M. The House added $4.8M in additional funding through the amendment process for a total funding level of $520M.

  • The House budget provides maintenance or level funding for many accounts and also includes an investment of $10M for continued waitlist remediation, which was originally proposed by the Governor as a Birth through Pre-School expansion at $15M.

  • The HWM budget originally recommended a $2M cut for Services to Infants and Parents but the House restored and increased this funding by $2.3M to $18.5M as a part of the amendment process.


Fy15 house budget summary

FY15 House Budget Summary


Fy15 house budget 3000 1000 administrative account

FY15 House Budget3000-1000 Administrative Account

  • Overview: The House’s FY15 budget recommends $13.3M for EEC Administration, which is a 2.5% increase from FY14 but a 3% decrease ($409K) from the Governor’s FY15 recommendation. The details of this recommendation are as follows:

    • Includes the annualization of all FY14 costs, including the nine (9) new positions hired in FY14;

    • Includes the transfer of HR personnel from 3000-1000 into a consolidated appropriation under the Executive Office of Education;

    • Unlike House 2, the House’s recommendation does not allow EEC to fully maintain the individuals to be hired to fulfill the mandated fingerprinting bill without other administrative reductions. These costs are currently supported through an ISA with the Executive Office of Public Safety; and

    • The possibility of hiring new licensing and monitoring staff is also endangered if the House’s recommendation prevails.


3000 1000 staffing history

3000-1000 Staffing History


Fy15 house budget 3000 2000 access management

FY15 House Budget3000-2000 Access Management

  • The House recommends $5,873,862 which is level funding compared to the FY14 GAA appropriation and House 2.

  • In FY14, however, EEC increased the CCR&Rs’ contracts as part of the Waitlist Implementation plan. A small portion ($700K) of the $15M appropriated in the FY14 3000-4070 account was used to increase the management fee to ensure the CCRRs are staffed appropriately to handle the increased volume for placements, backfill management, and management of the reassessment process.

  • In the Governor’s FY15 recommendation, the $700K was not annualized in the 3000-2000, but was funded through the newly proposed 3000-4040 Birth through Pre-School Expansion account.

  • It is unclear at this time if the House budget includes this funding for CCRRs as a part of the reduced funding in the 3000-4040 account.


Fy15 house budget caseload accounts

FY15 House BudgetCaseload Accounts

The House included language that allows for transferability between 3000-4050 (DTA) and 3000-4060 (Income Eligible) and from those accounts to 3000-3050 (Supportive). Transfers are limited to 3% of total funding and an allocation plan must be filed with the legislature 30-days prior to any such transfer. The Governor proposed unlimited transferability between the three accounts as a part of his budget.

The House included language allowing any unspent balance in 3000-4060 (Income Eligible) at the end of FY14 to carry into FY15. EEC would use any funds carried over to cover any projected FY15 deficiencies.


Fy15 house budget 3000 3050 supportive account

FY15 House Budget3000-3050 Supportive Account

  • Funding Recommendation:

    • FY14 Available: $76,991,445

    • FY15 JWM Maintenance Submitted: $81,241,142

    • FY 15 House 2: $81,241,142

    • FY 15 House: $79,730,057

    • FY15 Updated Current Forecast: $85,807,413

  • Details:Based on our current projections, the House’s proposed FY15 funding level of $79.7M is less than our estimated need. Our current projections are based on the policy of maintaining full, open access for all eligible children, including the additional children that received services thru expansion slots in FY14. In order to maintain the current expansion levels in FY15, we project a cost of $85.8M. In order to meet the House’s FY15 funding level, we would need to temporarily close expansion in DCF to reduce caseload by approximately 450 children.  

  • Notable Language: The House maintained language stating that “all children eligible for services under this item shall receive those services” which the Governor had removed as a part of his budget proposal.


Fy15 house budget 3000 4050 dta related

FY15 House Budget3000-4050 DTA Related

  • Funding Recommendation:

    • FY14 Available: $128,063,499

      • Current average caseload 15,934

    • FY15 JWM Maintenance Submitted: $136,549,668

      • Average Caseload of 16,509

    • FY15 House 2: $136,549,668

      • Average Caseload of 16,509

    • FY15 House: $133,477,330

    • FY15 Updated Current Forecast: $132,045,617

      • Updated average caseload of 15,934

  • Details:Based on our projection for FY15, the House’s proposed FY15 funding level of $133.5M aligns with our projected expenditures. The DTA FY15 projection includes the annualization of the CNS and SEIU rate increases.


Fy15 house budget 3000 4060 income eligible

FY15 House Budget3000-4060 Income Eligible

  • Funding Recommendation:

    • FY14 Available: $222,840,742

    • FY15 JWM Maintenance Submitted: $241,894,678

    • FY15 House 2: $241,894,678

    • FY15 House: $241,894,678

    • FY15 Updated Current Forecast: $254,235,648

  • Details: The House’s proposed FY15 funding level of $241.9M is equal to the Governor’s budget recommendation and our maintenance request which annualized the cost of service to all the additional vouchers forecasted to be released in FY14 through the Income Eligible account (roughly 1,800 vouchers) and the Waitlist Remediation account (roughly 2,300 vouchers). However, in an effort to maintain open access and offer assistance using all resources available to EEC in FY14, we have exceeded the original voucher projections and assisted approximately 5,000 children which increases our FY15 forecasted expenditures to $254.2M. Therefore, we are currently projecting that the House funding level would leave us with an $12.3M deficit. The House included language that would allow any surplus remaining at the end of FY14 to carry over into FY15, which EEC would use to offset a portion of this deficiency. The remainder of the deficiency would be managed through first quarter attrition to reduce the voucher caseload and through contract underutilization if less than our current estimate of 93% utilization of contract slots occurs.   

  • Notable Language: The House included PAC language that would all any surplus remaining in this account at the end of FY14 to carry over into FY15.


Fy15 house budget 3000 4040 birth through pre school 3000 4070 waitlist remediation

FY15 House Budget3000-4040 Birth Through Pre-School3000-4070 Waitlist Remediation

  • The House annualized the Waitlist Remediation services provided in FY14 through 3000-4070 in the 3000-4060 Income Eligible account and eliminated funding in 3000-4070.

  • HWM’s FY15 budget recommendation includes $7.5M for continued waitlist remediation through the 3000-4040 account. The Governor originally proposed this account as a new Birth through Pre-School Expansion at $15M. The House increased funding to $10M through the amendment process.

  • The House language does not target these new funds at a specific age group but instead uses the same language as the FY14 Waitlist Remediation account.

  • If we assume that a portion of this funding supports continued CCRR staffing, as it did under the Governor’s funding proposal, we believe that an additional 1,200 children can be served with the $10M.


Fy15 house budget new or increased investments

FY15 House Budget New or Increased Investments

  • 3000-4040 Birth Through Pre-School Expansion:The House included $10M for continued waitlist remediation. This was originally proposed by the Governor as a new Birth through Pre-School Expansion at $15M. Please see the caseload discussion for fuller context.

  • 3000-7050 Services for Infants and Parents:  The HWM budget recommendation reduced funding for Services for Infants and Parents by $2M (11%) from the FY14 and the Governor’s proposed funding level of $18.2M. However, through the amendment process, the House increased funding by $2.3M to $18.5M.

  • 3000-7040 EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue: The House included this account which allows EEC to retain up to $200K in Title IV-E revenue to streamline payments to PCG for their work on collecting Title IV-E funds. This is a cost neutral item.


Fy15 house budget items not funded

FY15 House Budget Items Not Funded

  • 3000-5025 K1 Classroom Grant Program: The Governor proposed $2M for a new K1 Classroom grant program available to cities, towns, regional school districts, and educational collaboratives to provide educational opportunities to 4-year olds. This item was not funded in the House budget.

  • 7009-1710 QRIS Information Technology: The Governor recommended $2.5M in new funding under the Executive Office of Education for QRIS IT improvements. This item was not funded in the House budget.


Fy15 house budget level funding or minimal variance from fy14

FY15 House BudgetLevel Funding or Minimal Variance from FY14

The House’s FY15 budget recommendation includes level funding for the following accounts. All of these accounts were also level funded in the Governor’s FY15 budget recommendation:

  • 3000-5000 - Head Start Grants ($8,100,000)

  • 3000-5075 - Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) ($7,500,000)

  • 3000-6075 - Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services ($750,000)

  • 3000-7070 - Reach Out and Read (ROR) ($800,000)


Fy15 house budget one time funding eliminated

FY15 House BudgetOne-time Funding Eliminated

The House’s FY15 budget recommendation eliminated funding for several FY14 one-time initiatives. All of these accounts were also eliminated in the Governor’s FY15 budget recommendation.

  • 3000-3000: Innovative Curriculum in Preschool Programs

  • 3000-4065: Early Education Provider Quality Enhancements

  • 3000-4070 Waitlist Remediation: See full discussion under caseload accounts

  • 1599-0500 Caseload Study: The FY14 budget language for this item allows the original $500K to be expended through FY15 so no further appropriation is needed.

  • 1599-1206 SEIU Rate Increase

  • Salary Rate Reserve


Fy15 budget process

FY15 Budget Process


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