Light Reading: 2017-19 Budget Notes
The Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) has just published its “Budget Notes” for the 2017-19 biennium. At 181 pages, it probably only appeals to the most serious of technocrats, but for the curios there are a few nuggets.
The Human Services section begins on page 57 and provides a relatively concise summary of how legislators allocated both federal and general fund dollars for the biennium (and in some cases why). In the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities section, which begins on page 64, LFO describes the five percent increase is described thusly:
To help increase wages of direct support professionals (providers not represented by a labor union), the budget contains a 5% provider rate increase.
It might surprise LFO to discover that some DSPs are, in fact, represented by a union. The paragraph continues:
About $6.5 million in General Fund savings is captured through eliminating regional programs, capping bedhold payments at 21 days, and reducing the family support program. A $12 million General Fund reduction target is also included, which is expected to be met through use of a more robust assessment tool and other actions. No reductions or other changes are made to the Fairview Trust.
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