Legislature(2015 - 2016)

2015-05-12 House Journal

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2015-05-12                     House Journal                      Page 1179
HB 73                                                                                                                         
The following was engrossed and enrolled, signed by the Speaker and                                                             
Chief Clerk, President and Secretary of the Senate, and the engrossed                                                           
and enrolled copies were transmitted to the Office of the Governor at                                                           
11:07 a.m., May 1, 2015:                                                                                                        
    CONFERENCE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 73                                                                                         
    "An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital                                                                 
    expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health                                                              
    program; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
Also transmitted was a copy of the following letter dated April 30,                                                             
2015, to Mr. John McClellan, P.E., Chair, Alaska Mental Health Trust                                                            
"Dear Mr. McClellan:                                                                                                            
Pursuant to the requirements of AS 37.14.005(c), this letter and the                                                            
enclosed spreadsheet and reports describe how the funding contained                                                             
in CCS HB 73-the FY16 Mental Health budget-differs from the                                                                     
FY16 Mental Health Trust Authority's (Authority) funding                                                                        
recommendations for the state's integrated comprehensive mental                                                                 
health program. While the statute requires reporting only on general                                                            
fund expenditures, information regarding expenditures of Authority                                                              
receipts is also included in the attached reports.                                                                              
Operating Appropriations                                                                                                      
The legislature treated the Governor's request as a starting point for                                                          
budget deliberations. Authority recommendations excluded from the                                                               
Governor's request were not deliberated.                                                                                        
The spreadsheet titled "Mental Health Trust Authority Budget                                                                    
Comparison" compares the FY16 Mental Health Trust Authority                                                                     
budget recommendations to the FY16 Mental Health Budget passed by                                                               
the legislature in CCS HB 73. The Authority's request contains a total                                                          
of $28,370,900 ($16,820,900 of operating requests and $11,550,000 of                                                            
capital projects).                                                                                                              

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The Agency Summary report compares the FY16 Governor's operating                                                                
budget recommendations to the appropriations passed by the                                                                      
legislature.  The Governor requested $234.3 million (column 1), and                                                             
the legislature appropriated $230.7 million (column 2). As shown in                                                             
the report, the legislature's budget is -$3.6 million (-1.5%) below the                                                         
Governor's request.                                                                                                             
The enclosed Transaction Comparison report highlights all differences                                                           
between the Governor's requested transactions ("16GovAmd+"                                                                      
column) and the transactions approved in CC HB 73 ("16Budget"                                                                   
Capital Appropriations                                                                                                        
The Governor's budget included all of the Authority's requested capital                                                         
projects (totaling $11.55 million). The legislature approved the                                                                
Governor's request as submitted.                                                                                                
We appreciate the good working relationship between the Authority                                                               
and the legislature.                                                                                                            
If you have questions regarding the enclosed reports, please contact                                                            
Amanda Ryder of the Legislative Finance Division at 465-5411.                                                                   
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
Conference Committee Chair                                                                                                      
Senator Pete Kelly                                                                                                              
Conference Committee Vice-Chair                                                                                                 
Mental Health Trust Authority Budget Comparison                                                                                 
Agency Summary (Operating)                                                                                                      
Transaction Compare between 16GovAmd+ and 16Budget                                                                              
Capital Project Detail"