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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2013

CONTACT: Britton Alexander, (850) 487-5229,
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Senate Unanimously Passes 2013-2014 State Budget

General Appropriations Act Prioritizes Education, Economic Development, Reserves and Makes Targeted Investments in Florida’s Future

Tallahassee —

The Florida Senate today unanimously passed SB 1500, the 2013-2014 General Appropriations Act, prioritizing investments in education and economic development while saving nearly $3 billion in reserves. The 2013-14 state budget is based on existing revenues and does not include increases in taxes or fees.

“Our 2013-14 budget makes significant investments in education, economic development, state employee compensation, including law enforcement and the court system, with the overall goal of responsibly addressing budget areas most significantly impacted in prior years as legislators were faced to make drastic cuts and forgo needed increases in order to meet the constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget,” said Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).

“Through this budget we demonstrate our commitment to responsibly planning for Florida’s future by living within our means and setting aside nearly $3 billion in reserves,” continued President Gaetz. “Tough times over the last few years taught us many lessons. I’m pleased that in this budget we were able to go back and take a look at areas we’ve had to neglect in recent years, and I’m proud that instead of spending all we have, we remained cautious and made thoughtful, targeted investments.”

INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION

The 2013-14 General Appropriations Act increased K-12 public school funding by $1.2 billion, including a minimum of $480 million in salary increases for instructional personnel based on performance. The budget addresses the House and Senate shared priority of linking jobs to the realities of the economy by fully funding research university preeminence, performance funding for industry certifications at the high school level, and performance funding in our State College System and in the State University System for high demand programs as outlined in Senate Bill 1076.

COMMITMENT TO STATE EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES

The budget funds the 2013-14 unfunded actuarial liability (UAL) contribution for the Florida Retirement System.  Only portions of the UAL were funded in 2012-13 and 2011-2012; no funding was provided in 2010-11.

State Employee Compensation and Benefits are increased by $213.2 million comprised of a state employee pay increase and merit based bonus, a tiered pay increase for state law enforcement and as well as a pay increase for the court system. The budget also funds the employer premium increase for state employee health insurance as well as funding for health insurance of certain OPS employees.

PROMOTING PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION THROUGH TARGETED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS

The budget invests in a number of economic development programs within the Department of Transportation and the Department of Economic Opportunity. The budget fully funds the Department of Transportation Work Program at $8.67 billion, including $3.6 billion in intrastate and arterial highway construction, $421 million in Public Transit Development Grants and $152 million in county transportation programs.

The budget invests $106.6 million in Florida’s Economic Development Partners including Enterprise Florida at $18.1 million, VISIT FLORIDA at $63.5 million, and Space Florida at $19.5 million.

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

The Conference Committee Amendment for CS/Senate Bill 406, relating to economic development, provides for a three-day sales tax holiday beginning August 2, exempting certain clothing and shoes valued at $75 or less, school supplies valued at $15 or less, and personal computers for non-commercial use valued at $750 or less.

Economic Development Initiatives

The Conference Committee Amendment for CS/Senate Bill 406, relating to economic development, provides for the following:

Oversight of Economic Development Incentives

  • The bill creates a rotating, 3-year review schedule for state incentives and economic development programs to be evaluated by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).
  • The bill directs that all applicants for an incentive be evaluated for “economic benefits” in the same manner, and streamlines the reports and reporting dates that must be submitted by agencies administering economic development programs. The Department of Economic Opportunity is directed to publish on its website project-specific information about economic development incentives provided to businesses.

Spring Training Franchise Retention

  • The bill creates a sales tax distribution to local governments for the purpose of constructing or renovating Major League Baseball spring training facilities.

Qualified Target Industry and Qualified Defense and Space Contractor Tax Refunds

  • The bill removes the individual company lifetime limit for both the Qualified Target Industry and Qualified Defense and Space Contractor tax refund programs.

Total Budget: $74.5 billion ($26.8 billion General Revenue [GR]; $47.7 billion Trust Fund [TF])

 Total Reserves: $2.8 billion 

  • $1.4 billion Working Capital
  • $214.5 million to repay Budget Stabilization Fund (third of five payments)
  • $708.3 million Budget Stabilization Fund
  • $499.3 million Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund

Total Reserves as a Percentage of General Revenue: 9.7%

State Employee Compensation and Benefits

 First Pay Increase Since 2006

Total: $213.2 million ($136.8 million GR; $76.4 million TF)

  • Effective October 1, 2013, $1,400 pay increase for all state and State University System employees earning $40,000 or less; $1,000 for all employees earning more than $40,000)
  • State Employee Pay Increase and Merit Based Bonus –$132.2 million GR; 67.4 million TF
  • State Law Enforcement Tiered Pay Increase –$2.1 million GR; 8.2 million TF
  • Court System Pay Increase – $2.5 million GR; 771K
  • State Employee Health Insurance– Total: $78.1 million ($51.5 million GR; $26.6 million TF)
  • Funds Employer Premium Increase - $37.8 million GR; 16.1 million TF
  • Provides Health Insurance for Certain OPS Employees – $13.7 million GR; $10.5 million TF

Florida Retirement System

Total: $202.2 million ($115.3 million GR; $86.9 million TF)

  • Funds normal increase costs for the Florida Retirement System $255K GR; 255K TF
  • Unfunded Actuarial Liability – $101.8 million GR; $80.2 million TF
  • Increase to Health Insurance Subsidy Contribution for Retirees – $13.2 million GR; $6.5 million TF

Education

Total: $18.5 billion ($14.2 billion GR; $4.3 billion TF)

Total Funding – Including Local Revenues: $28 billion ($18.4 billion state funds; $9.6 billion local)

Early Learning Services

Total: $1 billion ($557.1 million GR; $448.2 million TF)

  • Voluntary Prekindergarten Program - $404.9 million GR
  • School Readiness Program - $552.5 million ($137.0 million GR; $415.5 million TF)
  •  Partnership for School Readiness - $31.4 million ($7.9 million GR; $23.5 TF)

Public Schools/K12 FEFP

Total Funding: $18.3 billion ($10.5 billion state funds; $7.8 billion local)

  • FEFP Increase is $1.1 billion or 6.12%
  • FEFP Increase in Funds per FTE is $404 or 6.34%
  • Enrollment Workload Increase – $70 million
  • Instructional Personnel Salary Increase – $480 million
  • Additional Funds for Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $296.9 million GR
  • Sparsity Supplement Increase – $10 million
  • High School Industry Certifications – $30 million
  • Student Digital Initiatives – additional $18 million
  •  Teachers Lead Program – additional $13.4 million – $250 per teacher for supplies

Public Schools/K12 Non-FEFP

  • Mentoring Programs – $15.8 million GR
  • Student Digital Initiatives – $7.8 million GR
  • School District Matching Grants – $4 million GR
  • Safe Schools Programs – $1 million GR for statewide school security assessment
  • School Wireless Connectivity/Bandwidth Access – $17 million GR

District Workforce

Total: $542.9 million ($319.2 million GR; $171 million TF; $52.7 million tuition/fees)

  • Workforce Development – $349 million ($291.6 million GR, $57.4 million TF)
  • Performance Funding for Industry Certifications – $5 million GR
  • Funds for Creation and Expansion of Targeted Career and Technical Programs – $20 million GR

Florida College System

Total: $2.0 billion ($913.2 million GR; $204.9 million TF; $898.9 million tuition/fees)

  • Equalization Funding – $33.3 million GR
  • Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $27.7 million GR
  • Performance Funding for Industry Certifications – $5 million GR

State University System

Total: $4.0 billion ($2 billion GR; $239.8 million TF; $1.8 billion tuition/fees)

  • Return Universities to Prior Year Funding Levels – $300 million
  • Florida Retirement System Adjustments – $71.9 million GR
  •  Performance Funding for High Demand Programs – $65 million GR
  • University Research Preeminence – $30 million GR

Private Colleges

Total: $116.4 million GR

  • Florida Resident Access Grant – Student Award Increase – additional $13.8 million
  • ABLE Grant – Student Award increase – additional $1 million

Student Financial Aid

Total: $467.1 million ($102.9 million GR, $364.2 million TF)

  • Bright Futures – Student Award Level Increase (3%) – additional $9 million TF
  • Need-based Financial Aid – additional $3.3 million
  • Supplemental Veteran Educational Benefits – $2 million
  • McKnight Doctorial Fellowships – additional $1 million

Health and Human Services

Total: $31,144.2 million ($7,836.8 million GR; $23,307.4 million TF); 33,483.25 FTE 

  • Nursing Home Care – 2% Increase – $235. Million ($54.3 million GR, $180.7 TF)
  • Medicaid Price Level and Workload – $32.8 million GR; $933.4 million TF
  • Increased Rates for Primary Care Practitioners— $677.7 million TF
  • DRG’s Transitional Funding – Hospital Reimbursement Adjustment – $36.6 million GR; $51.7 million TF
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME) Statewide Medicaid Residency Program — (270 residents at $100,000/resident) o $33.1 million GR; $46.9 million TF
  • Serve Additional Clients in the Home and Community Based Waiver for the Aged and Disabled – (1,682 slots at $11,712/slot) – $8.1 million GR; $11.6 million TF
  • Federal Health Care Reform Eligible and Not Enrolled – (17,643 enrollees) – $7.2 million; $13.2 million TF
  • Resolve Home/Community Based Services Waiver Current Year Deficit— $17 million GR; $23.2 million TF
  • Serve Additional Clients through the Home/Community Based Services Waiver (approximately 1,000 clients) — $15 million GR; $21.3 million TF
  • Increase Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance for Additional Caseload (additional 97,626 individuals) — $27.5 million GR
  • Increase Community Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Funding— $23.2 million GR; 9.2 million TF
  • Increase Maintenance Adoption Subsidies Funding— $20.6 million GR; $8. million TF
  • Resolve Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Cash Assistance Current Year Deficit— $17.5 million GR; $3.2 million TF
  • Children’s Community Mental Health/Substance Abuse Action Team Pilot Programs— $4.7 million GR; $2.1 million TF
  • Increase Domestic Violence Centers Funding— $2 million GR; $1 million TF
  • Increase Child Protective Investigations Funding— $4 million GR
  • Homeless Programs Funding— $4.75 million GR
  • Increase Healthy Families Program Funding— $3 million GR
  • Safe Harbor Program to Address Juvenile Sexual Exploitation— $1.5 million TF
  • Increase Funding and Provide for Equity – Community Based Care Agencies— $2.4 million GR; $9.4 million TF
  • Restore Funding to Serve Clients on the Home and Community Based Waiver— (263 Slots at $11,712/slot) $1.3 million GR; $1.8 million TF
  • Serve Additional Clients in the Community Care for the Elderly Program—(121 slots at $6,181/slot) $ 3.75 million GR
  • Increase Funding for Biomedical Research— $2.85 million GR - James and Esther King Biomedical Program; $5 million GR - Bankhead/Coley Cancer Research Program; $2.05 million GR - Moffitt Cancer Center;  $2.05 million GR – Sylvester Cancer Center; $2.05 million GR - Shands Cancer Hospital; $3 million TF – Torrey Pines Institute; and $2.6 million TF - Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Cancer Research Endowments— $3.3 million GR – Shands Hospital; $3.3 million GR - Moffitt Cancer Center; and $3.3 million GR - Sylvester Cancer Institute
  • Maintenance and Repair of State Veterans’ Nursing Homes— o $2.6 million TF

Civil and Criminal Justice

Total: $4.27 billion ($3.52 billion GR; $754.3 million TF); 44,410.75 FTE

  • Removes the Clerks of Court from the state budget process, as they were prior to 2009, but with additional budgetary oversight and accountability and sufficient revenues to support their operations.
  • Restores the 2% salary reduction made in 2009 to the Supreme Court justices and state court judges.
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Total: $34.5 million ($34.2 million GR; $320K TF); 590 FTE
  • Volunteer enhancement to support first step in program’s plan to serve all children in dependency – $3.8 million GR
  • Enhanced services at Children’s Advocacy Centers – $3.5 million GR

 Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development

Total: $11.3 billion ($174.2 million GR; $11.1 billion TF); 13,648 FTE

  •  Florida Armory Revitalization Program (FARP) – $15.0 million GR
  • National Guard Tuition Assistance – $3.5 million GR
  • Transportation Work Program – $8.67 billion TF
  • Intrastate and Arterial Highway Construction – $3.6 billion TF
  • Right-of-Way Land Acquisition – $725 million TF
  • Seaport Development Grants – $243 million TF
  • Rail Development Grants – $184 million TF
  • Intermodal Development Grants – $52 million
  • Public Transit Development Grants – $421 million TF
  • Bridge Construction – $290 million TF
  • County Transportation Programs (Including SCRAP & SCOP) – $152 million TF
  • Coast to Coast Connector Trail – $50 million TF
  • Economic Development Road Fund – $15 million TF
  • Keep Florida Beautiful – $800,000 TF
  • Economic Development Partners – $106.6 million
  • Enterprise Florida – $18.1 million
  • VISIT FLORIDA – $63.5 million
  • Space Florida – $19.5 million ]Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research – $5.5 million
  • Economic Development Tools – Flexible Funding – $45 million ($35.2 million TF; $9.8 million GR)
  • Economic, Community and Workforce Development Programs and Projects – $31.7 million
  • Economic Development - $9.5 million ($7.5 million TF; $2 million GR)
  • Housing & Community Development – $19.6 million GR
  • Workforce Development – $2,682,000 ($2,632,000 TF; $50,000 GR)
  • Defense Support Task Force – $4 million
  • Military Base Protection & Defense Infrastructure – $2.6 million

General Government

Total: $4.9 billion ($591.9 million GR; $4.4 billion TF); 20,249 FTE

  •  Everglades Restoration $70 million TF (includes $32m in CS/HB 7065)
  • Springs Protection $10 million GR
  • Land Acquisition for Military Buffers $10 million TF
  • Land Acquisition $10 million GR and $50 million TF from Surplus Land Proceeds
  • Beach Restoration $37.5 million ($18.2m GR and $19.2 million TF, includes reversions)
  • Water Projects $59.5 million GR
  • Hybrid Wetlands Treatment Project $5.5 million GR
  • Small County Solid Waste Management Grants $3 million TF
  • Small County Wastewater Grants $23.3 million TF
  • State Parks Maintenance & Repairs $19.5 million TF
  • Petroleum Tanks Cleanup Program $125 million TF
  • Wildfire Suppression Equipment $3.3 million GR
  • Citrus Research and Budwood Program $9 million GR
  • Water Conservation and Best Management Practices $1million GR and $2.3 million TF
  • Hybrid Wetland Treatment Projects $6 million GR
  • Rural and Family Lands Program $11.1 million GR
  • Florida Agriculture Promotion Campaign $4 million GR
  • Citrus Health Response Program $.5 GR and $5.5 million TF

To learn more about the 2013-2014 General Appropriations Act and to view the budget, implementing and conforming bills, please visit www.FLSenate.gov.

 

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