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April 3, 2017
With the end of the weekend "grace period" for budget negotiations, and no final budget agreement, the Executive advanced, and the Legislature adopted a state budget extender funding operations, including school aid, through May 31st.
While other policy areas experienced changes as a result of the extender, the education section of the extender was a fairly straightforward, providing the state with the funding and spending authority needed to make payments to school districts for the next two months.
April 1, 2017
Midnight came and went last night, March 31st, with no announcement of a budget deal, or adoption of any bills or extenders. Though the state fiscal year officially ended last night, because of the weekend, budget experts said there would be no immediate issue. The Governor released a statement indicating he would wait until Monday to see if a deal could be reached, before introducing a budget extender.
In the event an extender is introduced, is it unclear what would be included or for how long it would last.
March 30, 2017
One of the key issues up for debate is a proposal made by the Executive and the Senate to unfreeze charter school tuition payments, which would increase the payments made by the public school districts with students attending these schools.
March 28, 2017
Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was reported to have been pulled because there were not enough votes for it to be passed. Despite direct advocacy by President Trump, many members did not come to an agreement on the best approach to repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.
As previously reported, the bill includes changes to the ACA, but most significantly, the bill would have modified how the federal government would distribute Medicaid dollars.
March 22, 2017
March 17, 2016
Both the Assembly and the Senate released their house's respective budget bills this week.
These proposals represent the next step in the process to negotiate a final state spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
March 16, 2017
Throughout the day, additional details about the budget proposal were released. In a break with tradition, in addition to the Senate Budget Resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Flanagan, Leader of the IDC, Senator Klein advanced a similar, but not identical resolution, including some items with which the IDC disagrees with their coalition partners.
Only the resolution advanced by the Senate Republicans was adopted and will serve as the starting place for budget negotiations.
March 14, 2017
Last night, the Assembly and Senate began to release their respective budget proposals.
The complete Assembly proposal was released slightly ahead of the Senate proposal, so more details on the Assembly's version are available at this time. An analysis of the bills will be shared as soon as it is complete.
March 13, 2017
The bill would make a number of changes to Medicaid financing, including creation of a per capita cap model (i.e., per enrollee limits on federal payments to States) starting in fiscal year 2020. The bill proposes to use States' FY 2016 as the base year to set targeted spending for each enrollee category. The bill does exempt certain payments from the spending caps and allows for certain exemptions for specific populations.
March 8, 2017
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