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Legislative update Week of April 4th
Updated On: Jun 09, 2017
Legislative Update Week of April 4th
2010 Legislative Session
The fate of the bill is still unknown and its possible the real fight will happen on the House floor if the committee comes out with an ITL recommendation. If you support expanded gambling however, now is the time to email the committee members with your opinions. You can find their emails here
The biggest news of the week was the unveiling of the Governor¹s budget
cuts. President Lang sent out an email about them yesterday but I will add
the important points from the proposal here again for your information.
The Governor¹s budget DID NOT include a 1.7% increase in Group II
employee rates, unlike the House Finance Committee position.
The Governor¹s budget reduces revenue sharing to cities and towns by $6
million, a 10% reduction in funds.
The Governor¹s budget reduces the state¹s aid to municipality¹s
retirement costs from 25% to 20%. This was the proposal approved by the
House Finance Committee in HB 1664 and was their reasoning for increasing
our employee contribution.
The Governor¹s budget includes many cuts to the HHS department, the states
largest agency, including a 7.8 million dollar reduction in catastrophic
aid. This program aids those who have terminal illnesses and are not fully
covered by Medicaid.
Lastly, the Governor¹s budget indicates there will be up to 35 state
The Governor¹s proposal will be heard in a joint Senate and House finance
hearing as a possible amendment to SB 450 which houses a multitude of Health
and Human Services cuts. This is only the beginning of what is shaping up
to be a long conversation about the states finances. I will be sure keep
you all up to date as things progress. Particularly with the cuts to
revenue sharing and retirement aid to cities and towns we will have to
remain vigilant and engaged in this process.
Upcoming legislative action this week:
Tuesday, April 13th
Executive session on SJR 2 : A RESOLUTION endorsing the establishment of a
statewide retiree medical trust for public employee health care
reimbursement benefits after retirement.
Thursday, April 15th
Executive session on SB 489 relative to table gaming and video lottery at
certain locations throughout the state and relative to the recovery of horse
Joint House and Senate Finance Committee Hearing on SB 450 amendment, which
is the Governor¹s budget.
I hope these updates are helpful. If you or any of your members need more
information, or clarification on any of the bills or happenings at the
legislature please call or email me. I¹m always happy to help!