This bill makes deficiency appropriations which, in combination with Finance Advisory Committee transfers and adjustment of holdbacks, would fully address shortfalls for FY 2021 projected by the Office of Policy and Management as of January 20, 2021. As in prior years, we are prepared to work with OFA and the Appropriations Committee to adjust the deficiency bill to reflect updated estimates as the year progresses.
This bill proposes appropriations totaling $70.0 million for agencies with projected deficiencies for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Reductions in appropriations are proposed to ensure there is no net change to the General Fund budget, and to ensure the adjusted FY 2021 budget remains $5.0 million under the spending cap, unchanged from the adopted budget. These budget revisions are described further below.
Section 1 proposes General Fund appropriations totaling $70.0 million for the following agencies with projected FY 2021 deficiencies:
- Department of Administrative Services: State Insurance and Risk Management Operations: $1,000,000
- Department of Economic and Community Development: Capital Region Development Authority: $5,600,000
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: Personal Services: $500,000
- Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Professional Services: $5,900,000, Discharge and Diversion Services: $3,000,000
- University of Connecticut Health Center: Operating Expenses: $50,000,000
- Department of Correction: Personal Services: $2,000,000, Inmate Medical Services, $2,000,000
Section 2 de-appropriates $70.0 million in the General Fund to maintain balance and cap compliance after deficiency appropriations are made. Proposed de-appropriations are as follows:
- Department of Social Services: Medicaid: $70,000,000
Section 3 clarifies that the deficiency appropriations in Section 1 of this bill for the University of Connecticut Health Center are not eligible for additional fringe benefit recovery.