By Ender Reed
TAC Senior Policy Advisor
The House Committee on Appropriations passed a series of fiscal matter bills out of committee. These bills are expected to add $3 billion in additional non-tax revenue to the budget in the form of accelerated tax payments and payment deferrals.
From a county perspective, the passage of these bills will result in state funding cuts to juror pay, supplemental salary funding for courts and judicial training funds. State agencies are also given broad authority to create fees for services that they provide and to modify eligibility requirements for health benefits that they disperse. There is a very real danger that other amendments may be adopted on the House floor that will result in further cuts to counties when the bills are heard by the full House.
The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters is expected to present its version of these fiscal matter bills this week to the Senate Finance Committee.
Fiscal Matter Bills Passed by House Appropriations
HB 3790 by Pitts: Relating to state fiscal matters.
HB 3648 by Otto: Relating to state fiscal matters related to the judiciary.
HB 3665 by Otto: Relating to state fiscal matters related to general government.
HB 3649 by Otto: Relating to state fiscal matters related to law enforcement and criminal justice.
HB 3418 by Darby: Relating to the state fiscal matters related to natural resources and the environment.