Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

CDCAN Reports - Main Budget Bills and Trailer Bills

CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS REPORT

CALIFORNIA DISABILITY-SENIOR COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

JUNE 24, 2015 – WEDNESDAY MORNING

ADVOCACY WITHOUT BORDERS: ONE COMMUNITY – ACCOUNTABILITY WITH ACTION

CDCAN Reports go out to over 65,000 people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, people with traumatic brain and other injuries, people with MS, Alzheimer's and other disorders, veterans with disabilities and mental health needs, families, workers, community organizations, facilities and advocacy groups including those in the Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, American Indian, Indian, African-American communities; policymakers, and others across the State. 

Sign up for these free reports by going to the CDCAN website.  Website: www.cdcan.us

To reply to THIS Report write: 

Marty Omoto (family member and advocate) at martyomoto@rcip.com or martyomoto@att.net  [new email - will eventually replace current martyomoto@rcip address]   Twitter: martyomoto  

Office Line: 916-418-4745  CDCAN Cell Phone:  916-757-9549

 

REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE KILLED AT CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA’S EMANUEL AME CHURCH – THEIR LIVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITY: HONORABLE REVEREND CLEMNTA PICKNEY, REVEREND DANIEL SIMMONS, REVEREND SHARONDA COLEMAN-SINGLETON, TYWANZA SANDERS, DEPAYNE MIDDLETON DOCTOR, CYNTHIA HURD, MYRA THOMPASON, ETHERL LANCE AND SUE JACKSON.

“When there is violence throughout the land, we will let our light shine in the darkened world…” – Pastor Tyrone Hicks, Sacramento’s St Andrews AME Church

 

State Capitol Update:
LIST OF MAIN BUDGET BILLS AND BUDGET TRAILER BILLS - GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN BUDGET BILLS BY END OF WEEK

Legislature Convenes Briefly In Special Session on Transportation Infrastructure Funding and Health Care Funding on June 19th – Will Reconvene Upon Call of the Assembly Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem Likely In Early July


SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 06/24/2015 05:30 AM] – The following is the list of the two main budget bills and all the budget trailer bills as passed by the Legislature on June 15th and June 19th, reflecting the budget agreement reached by Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (Democrat – San Diego) and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (Democrat – Los Angeles) on June 16th.  The two main budget bills, and most – but not all of the budget trailer bills – have been sent and received by the Governor’s office, with the remaining bills to be sent today.  The Governor is expected to sign the main budget bills and possibly the trailer bills by the end of the week, and definitely before the start of the State’s new budget year, which begins July 1st

    The 17 budget trailer bills, together with the main budget bill, AB 93 and the revised budget bill, SB 97 will make up the 2015-2016 State Budget that largely mirrors in revenue estimates and spending what the Governor proposed in his spending plan as revised in May and eliminates nearly all of the rate increases for health and human services providers and additional spending to increase program funding or to restore certain services in health and human services including an increase to the state portion of the individual SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment) grants to the lowest income Californians with disabilities and seniors; elimination of nearly all Medi-Cal provider rate reductions; restoration of nearly all of the Medi-Cal “optional” benefits eliminated in 2009; 5% increase for certain regional center funded services (including Supported Living Services, Supported Employment, In-Home Respite) that would have gone into effect July 1st; 2.5% for other regional center providers not included in the 5% increase and regional center core staffing formula, that would have gone into effect January 1, 2016; increases in funding for CalWORKS recipients and grants.

    As reported previously by CDCAN, the budget package does contain some significant new spending increases including eliminating the current 7% across-the-board reduction in service hours for all In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients and restoring funding for those services for at least for one year beginning July 1, 2015; elimination of the current 10% reduction in rates for Medi-Cal dental providers effective July 1, 2015; expansion of Medi-Cal for over 175,000 children regardless of immigration status; major increases in child care slots and increases in child care provider rates that serve low income children and families.  Advocates, while praising those actions, say the budget package falls far short of meeting needs in restoring and increasing funding for critical health and human services and other budget areas.

    As reported last week by CDCAN, the main budget bill, AB 93 was passed by the Legislature on June 15th on a party-line vote, that contained higher revenue estimates and increased spending proposed by Legislative Democrats that was opposed by Governor Brown, That bill was sent to the Governor at 4:30 PM on June 15th, meeting the deadline requirements under the State Constitution. The Legislature also passed on June 15th four non-controversial budget trailer bills that the Brown Administration supported dealing with an augmentation (appropriation) to the current 2014-2105 State Budget; transportation; nursing facility quality assurance fee extension and public works. 

    The revised budget bill, SB 97 that took out nearly all the spending increases, was passed by the Legislature on June 19th, reflecting the budget deal reached by the Governor and Democratic legislative leaders, by a nearly party-line vote in the Assembly (1 Republican supported it), and a somewhat bi-partisan support in the State Senate, where 5 Senate Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, supported the revised budget.  Among Democrats in either house, only Senator Holly Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles), who supported the spending increases in AB 93 and voiced opposition in the agreement that took those increases out, abstained from the vote for SB 97.

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS CONVENED BRIEFLY ON FRIDAY

    The Legislature convened briefly for a few minutes in two extraordinary sessions – called “special sessions” of the Legislature last Friday (June 19th), complying with Governor’s Brown proclamation calling the two sessions to address transportation infrastructure funding issues, and health care related funding issues, including provider rates related to Medi-Cal, developmental services, and continued funding beyond the 2015-2016 State Budget year for the restoration of the 7% reduction in services for IHSS recipients.

    No special bills were introduced and no action was taken beyond establishing the officers and other procedural steps for both special sessions, which is normal on the first day of convening a special session. The two special sessions adjourned and will reconvene upon call of the Assembly Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem, likely in early July.  The work of the two special sessions could continue through the summer and possibly even beyond. 

    The special session  on health care funding – officially the “Second Extraordinary Session” (the transportation funding session is the First Extraordinary Session) will be focused on the revision of the existing managed care organization tax that expires next June.  The challenge for the Legislature and the Brown Administration is to find ways in revising the tax that will meet approval from the federal government and also raise at least $1.1 billion in federal matching funds to offset the costs of the 7% restoration of IHSS services beyond the 2015-2016 State Budget year, and to possibly fund increases in reimbursement for fee-for-service providers of Medi-Cal and also developmental services.  As part of the budget deal with Democratic legislative leaders, the Governor, for the first time,  explicitly stated in his proclamation calling the special session that rate increases for either cannot come from the State’s general fund due to limited on-going resources and increasing demands on that money. 

    There is no time limit on special sessions other than the sessions cannot last longer than the regular session it was called in (in this case, that would be through next year).  Tied to the special session – though not explicitly – in terms of regional center funded services and operations is the work of the Brown Administration’s “Developmental Services Task Force”.

    CDCAN will provide update later today on further details of the special session and next steps.   

    

CDCAN VOTE RECORD REPORT: AB 93 – MAIN BUDGET BILL (SENATE FLOOR VOTE)

NOTE: This is the main budget bill that included significant increases in spending approved by the Budget Conference Committee on June 10th and passed by the Legislature on June 15th, on a party-line vote. Nearly all of these increases were taken out in the budget deal reached by the Governor and Democratic legisltative leaders the next day (June 16th), reflected in the revised budget bill, SB 97. Together these two bills make-up the main budget bills for the 2015-2016 State Budget.  

ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed AB 93.

TOTAL VOTE: 26 to 13

VOTING YES

  DEMOCRATS VOTING YES (26): Allen, Beall, Block, De León (Senate President Pro Tem), Galgiani, Glazer, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno (Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair), Leyva, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Mitchell (Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services Chair), Monning, Pan, Pavley, Roth, Wieckowski, and Wolk

  REPUBLICANS VOTING YES (0): ***none***

VOTING NO

  DEMOCRATS VOTING NO (0): ***none***

  REPUBLICANS VOTING NO (13): Bates, Berryhill, Cannella, Fuller, Gaines, Huff (Senate Republican Leader), Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen (Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Vice Chair), Runner, Jeff Stone, and Vidak

ABSENT, NOT VOTING ABSTAIN:

  DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING, ABSTAIN (0): ***none***

  REPUBLICANS NOT VOTING, ABSTAIN (1): Anderson

         

CDCAN VOTE RECORD REPORT: AB 93 – MAIN BUDGET BILL (ASSEMBLY FLOOR VOTE)

NOTE: This is the main budget bill that included significant increases in spending approved by the Budget Conference Committee on June 10th and passed by the Legislature on June 15th, on a party-line vote. Nearly all of these increases were taken out in the budget deal reached by the Governor and Democratic legisltative leaders the next day (June 16th), reflected in the revised budget bill, SB 97. Together these two bills make-up the main budget bills for the 2015-2016 State Budget.  

ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed AB 93.

TOTAL VOTE: 52 to 28

VOTING YES

  DEMOCRATS VOTING YES (52):  Alejo, Atkins (Assembly Speaker), Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Lopez, Low, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, O'Donnell, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Thurmond (Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services Chair), Ting, Weber (Assembly Budget Committee Chair), Williams, and Wood  

  REPUBLICANS VOTING YES (0): ***none***

VOTING NO

  DEMOCRATS VOTING NO (0): ***none***

  REPUBLICANS VOTING NO (28): Achadjian, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Brough, Chang, Chávez, Dahle. Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Jones, Kim, Lackey, Linder, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Melendez, Obernolte, Olsen (Assembly Republican Leader), Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner, Waldron, and Wilk

ABSENT, NOT VOTING ABSTAIN (0):

 

CDCAN VOTE RECORD REPORT - SB 97 REVISED BUDGET BILL: ASSEMBLY FLOOR

NOTE: This is the revised main budget bill (“budget junior”) that took out most of the spending increases that were included in the main budget bill, AB 93 that was passed by both houses on June 15th

ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed SB 97. 

TOTAL VOTE: 53 to 27

VOTING YES – 53

  DEMOCRATS VOTING YES (52): Alejo, Atkins (Assembly Speaker), Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chiu, Chu

Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Lopez, Low, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, O'Donnell, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Mark Stone, Thurmond (Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services Chair), Ting, Weber (Assembly Budget Committee Chair), Williams, and Wood

  REPUBLICANS VOTING YES (1): Chavez

VOTING NO - 27

  DEMOCRATS VOTING NO (0): ***none***

  REPUBLICANS VOTING NO (27): Achadjian, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Brough, Chang, Dahle, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Jones, Kim, Lackey, Linder, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, Melendez, Obernolte, Olsen (Assembly Republican Leader), Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner, Waldron, and Wilk

ABSENT, ABSTAINING OR NOT VOTING - 0

 

CDCAN VOTE RECORD REPORT – SB 97 REVISED MAIN BUDGET BILL: SENATE FLOOR

NOTE: This is the revised main budget bill (“budget junior”) that took out most of the spending increases that were included in the main budget bill, AB 93 that was passed by both houses on June 15th

ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed SB 97.

TOTAL VOTE: 30 to 9

VOTING YES – 30

  DEMOCRATS VOTING YES (25): Allen, Beall, Block, De León (Senate President Pro Tem), Galgiani, Glazer, Hall, Hancock, Hernandez, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno (Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Chair), Leyva, Liu, McGuire, Mendoza, Monning, Pan, Pavley, Roth, Wieckowski, and Wolk

  REPUBLICANS VOTING YES (5): Berryhill, Cannella, Huff (Senate Republican Leader), Nielsen (Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Vice Chair), and Vidak

VOTING NO – 9

  DEMOCRATS VOTING NO (0): ***none***

  REPUBLICANS VOTING NO (9): Anderson, Bates, Fuller, Gaines, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Runner, and Jeff Stone

NO VOTE RECORDED - 1

  DEMOCRATS - NO VOTE RECORDED (ABSTAINED) (1): Mitchell (Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services Chair)

  REPUBLICANS – NO VOTE RECORDED (ABSTAINED) (0): ***none***

 

BUDGET TRAILER BILLS LISTED BY SUBJECT

Following is the updated current list of all budget trailer bills (and the main budget bill) as actually passed by the Legislature and either sent to the Governor or in the process of being sent to the Governor, listed by major subject areas.  The bill and link to the bill copy can be found in the section following this (where trailer bills are listed in bill number order). 

 

CALWORKS

SB 79 – Human Services Budget Trailer Bill

SB 97 – Revised Budget Bill (“Budget Junior”) – budget bill provisions and revised funding levels reflecting budget deal (pages 46-53)

 

CASp PROGRAM (CERTIFIED ACCESS SPECIALIST PROGRAM)

SB 84 – General Government Budget Trailer Bill

 

CHILD WELFARE SERVICES (INCLUDES FOSTER CARE)

SB 79 – Human Services Budget Trailer Bill

CDCAN COMMENT: Includes provision regarding the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option program that would require that any income or benefit received by an eligible child or an approved relative caregiver on behalf of the eligible child that would be offset against the basic rate paid to a foster care provider, as specified, be offset from any funds, other than CalWORKs funds, and would revise the funding provisions for the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program, including appropriating from the General Fund the sum of $15,000,000 for the period of January 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015, inclusive, and the amount of $30,000,000, with specified adjustments, for the period of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, inclusive. For every 12-month period thereafter, the bill would require an amount calculated pursuant to a specified formula to be appropriated to fund the Approved

Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program.

 

COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING

SB 79 – Human Services Budget Trailer Bill

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES:

SB 82 – Developmental Services Budget Trailer Bill (regional centers and developmental centers)

AB 116 – Augmentations to 2014-2015 State Budget (includes additional funding in the budget year ending June 30, 2015 for shortfall in developmental services budget)

SB 97 – Revised Budget Bill (“Budget Junior”) – budget bill provisions and revised funding levels reflecting budget deal (pages 39-42)

 

EDUCATION

AB 104  – Education Finance Budget Trailer Bill (K-12)

SB 78 – Education Finance – Local Control Funding Formula

SB 81 – Postsecondary Education (Including Community Colleges)

 

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES:

SB 97 – Revised Budget Bill (“Budget Junior”) – budget bill provision

CDCAN COMMENT: no trailer bill (the overtime provisions was previously approved in SB 855 and implementation is on hold if and when federal regulations go back into effect).  The provisions authorizing the 7% restoration, effectiveJuly 1, 2015, is included in AB 123 (revised budget or “budget junior”) as a budget bill provision. 

 

HEALTH

SB 75 – Health Budget Trailer Bill (see also “Medi-Cal” and “Public Health”)

 

MEDI-CAL

SB 75 – Health Budget Trailer Bill

SB 97 – Revised Budget Bill (“Budget Junior”) – revised funding levels reflecting budget deal

 

NURSING FACILITY QUALITY ASSURANCE FEE

AB 119 – Nursing Facility Quality Assurance Fee Budget Trailer Bill

 

PERSONAL INCOME TAX CREDIT

SB 80 – Personal Income Tax Credit Budget Trailer Bill

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

SB 75 – Health Budget Trailer Bill

SB 97 – Revised Budget Bill (“Budget Junior”) – revised funding levels reflecting budget deal

 

MAIN BUDGET BILLS

    The following are the two bills, taken together, that make-up the main 2015-2016 State Budget bills. The main budget bills largely contain budget numbers, but sometimes contain language (provisions) that provide guidance or stipulations on how the money is to be spent.  One of the big differences between budget bill language and budget trailer bills is that the budget bill language is only effective for one year (the State budget year).  The budget trailer bills (called that because those bills follow or “trail” the main budget bill) make necessary changes or additions in State law to implement budget policies.

 

AB 93 – 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET (MAIN BILL)

COPY OF AB 93 (AS APPROVED BY LEGISLATURE JUNE 15 2015) PDF DOCUMENT – 736 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_93_bill_20150616_enrolled.pdf

LATEST ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed Assembly 52 to 28. Passed State Senate 26 to 13. Sent to Governor at 4:30 PM.

NEXT STEPS: Governor will sign this bill first that includes significant new spending increases, and then sign the revised budget bill (SB 97) that takes out most of the spending increases. 

CDCAN COMMENT: This is the version of the 2015-2016 State Budget that includes significantly higher revenue estimates and increased spending (including rate increases, restorations and other increases) as put forward by the Legislature. That higher revenue e estimate and nearly all of the spending increases were eliminated in the budget deal reached with the Governor and Democratic legislative leaders on June 16th – and reflected in the revised budget bill.  Together, AB 93 and SB 97 (identical to AB 123) will make up the main budget bills for 2015-2016.

 

SB 97– REVISED BUDGET – “BUDGET JUNIOR”

INCLUDES:  Revised budget numbers reflecting eliminaton of the spending and rate increases proposed by the Legislature; includes revised budget numbers reflecting elimination of rate increases proposed by Legislature and budget bill provisions for developmental services related to a report from the Department of Developmental Services utilizing the work of the Developmental Services Task Force and Home and Community-Based Services Advisory Workgroup; revised budget numbers reflecting elimination of SSP grant increase proposed by Legislature; budget bill provisions related to restoration of 7% service hours for all IHSS recipients for one budget year only; references to Department of Rehabilitation; and CalWORKS.

COPY OF SB 97 (AS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR JUNE 19 2015) PDF DOCUMENT – 144 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_97_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed Assembly 52 to 27,  Passed State Senate 30 to 9. Presented to Governor at3:50 PM.

NEXT STEPS: Governor will sign AB 93, the main budget bill passed by the Legislature on June 15th first, that contains the major spending increases.  He will then sign this bill, SB 97, that removes nearly all of those spending increases, and then the various budget trailer bills.

CDCAN COMMENT:          

This bill is identical to AB 123 that was on the Senate floor.  Since the Assembly voted first on the revised budget bill and trailer bills, the identical versions on the Assembly floor were taken up. 

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES – This revised budget contains a new provision (Provision 6) dealing with the restoration of the 7% restoration in service hours for IHSS recipients as follows:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the 2015–16 fiscal year only, funds appropriated in this item shall be used to fully offset the reduction in hours of service described in Section 12301.02 of the Welfare and Institutions Code”.

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES – This revised budget bill contains provision that deletes a transfer of funds of up to $2,800,000 to administer the Self Determination Program. 

This revised budget bill also contains the following new provision (Provision 7) dealing with an evaluation from the Department of Developmental Services utilizing the work of the Developmental Services Task Force and Home and Community-Based Services Advisory Group:

“Provision 7: Utilizing the work of the Health and Human Services Agency’s Developmental Services Task Force and the State Department of Developmental Services’ Home and Community-Based Services Advisory Group, the department shall report to the committees in the Senate and Assembly that consider the budget during the 2016–17 budget process on its evaluation of the existing rate-setting methodologies for community-based services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities and the regional center operations budget core staffing formula. The evaluation shall consider all of the following:

(1) Supporting maximum federal funding participation.

(2) Meeting the current and future needs of persons with developmental disabilities, including, but not limited to, those moving from developmental centers.

(3) Ensuring that services and supports provided are culturally competent.

(4) Maximizing consumer choice, including choice of providers within a service category, person-centered planning, and integration in all aspects of community life.

(5) Appropriate state and federal law and regulation requirements for caseload ratios, staffing levels, staffing competencies and qualifications, prudent auditing requirements, and other quality control measures.

(6) Reasonable costs necessary to sustainably provide quality services and supports, including statutory, regulatory, or contractually required program design components, including, but not limited to, employee wage and benefit requirements.

(7) Revised service codes that more accurately reflect service categories and improve the ability of the department to analyze and project expenditure trends.

(8) Meeting the current and future needs of consumers through a cost-effective and sustainable approach.”

 

LINKS TO TRAILER BILLS RELEASED

    The following are links to all budget trailer bills (listed in bill number order), compiled by CDCAN, to the official copies of budget trailer bills released as of June 16th, late Tuesday evening:

    

SB 75 – HEALTH BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 75(AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT – 116 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_75_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/19/2015: Amendment to eliminate 10% Medi-Cal provider rate reductions defeated (lay amendments on the table) 53 to 27.  Passed by Assembly 52 to 27.  Passed by State Senate 28 to 12.

LATEST ACTION 06/23/2015: Presented to Governor at 09:30 AM

NEXT STEP: Governor will sign this bill after signing main budget and revised budget bills, likely by Friday (June 26th).

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to version considered earlier by Senate, AB 94.

 

SB 78 – EDUCATION FINANCE LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA

COPY OF SB 78 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_78_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 105 considered earlier by the State Senate.

 

SB 79 – HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET TRAILER BILL

INCLUDES: Provisions dealing with CalWORKS and CalWORKS Housing Supports; California Senior Legislature; DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents); CalFresh (Food Stamp Program); Foster Care

COPY OF SB 79 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_79_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed by Assembly 66 to 12.  Passed by State Senate 32 to 7. To enrollment (preparing bill to be presented to Governor)

NEXT STEP: Governor will sign this bill after signing main budget and revised budget bills, likely by Friday (June 26th) – assuming he receives this bill by then.

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to version considered earlier by Senate, AB 106. There are no references to In-Home Supportive Services or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment) grant program in this trailer bill.  The provision authorizing the 7% restoration in service hours for all IHSS recipients is in SB 97 (revised budget or “budget junior”) that has budget bill language (or provision) that indicates funding for this restoration from the State general fund is for the 2015-2016 State budget year only, and also the elimination of the increase for individuals for the SSP portion of the SSI/SSP proposed by the Legislature. 

 

SB 80 – PERSONAL INCOME TAX CREDIT BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 80 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_80_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed Assembly 75 to 3. Passed State Senate 38 to 1.

LATEST ACTION 06/23/2015: Presented to Governor at 09:30 AM.

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 107 that was considered by the State Senate earlier.

 

SB 81 – POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION BUDGET TRAILER BILL

INCLUDES: California Community College; California State University and University of California

COPY OF SB 81 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_81_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed Assembly 79 to 0. Passed State Senate 40 to 0, To enrollment (preparing bill to be presented to Governor).

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 108 that was considered earlier by the State Senate.

 

SB 82 – DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 82 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT – 80 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_82_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Motion to amend bill to include 10% provider rate increases defeated (lay amendments on the table) 51 to 28. Passed Assembly 79 to 0.  Passed State Senate 35 to 0. To enrollment (preparing bill to be presented to Governor).

NEXT STEPS: Governor will sign this bill after signing main budget and revised budget bills, likely by Friday (June 26th) – assuming he receives this bill by then.

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 109 that was considered earlier by the State Senate.

 

SB 83 – PUBLIC RESOURCES BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 83 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_83_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

CDCAB COMMENT: Identical to AB 110 considered earlier by State Senate.

 

SB 84 – GENERAL GOVERNMENT BUDGET TRAILER BILL

INCLUDES: Provisions dealing with Certified Access Specialist Program (CASp); and Housing and Community Development’s housing services including migrant services related to drought

COPY OF SB 83 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT – 80 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_84_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 111 considered earlier by the State Senate.

 

SB 85 – PUBLIC SAFETY BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 85 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_85_bill_20150622_enrolled.pdf

 

SB 88 – WATER BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF SB 88 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR JUNE 19 2015) – 32 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_88_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

 

SB 98 – STATE GOVERNMENT BUDGET TRAILER BILL

INCLUDES:  Relates to changes to the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act.

COPY OF SB 98 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_98_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to AB 124 considered earlier by the State Senate.

 

AB 95 – TRANSPORTATION BUDGET TRAILER BILL 

COPY OF AB 95 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT COPY:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_95_bill_20150615_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed State Senate 26 to 13. Passed Assembly 61 to 18.

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Presented to Governor at 3:00 PM

NEXT STEPS: Governor will sign this and the other budget trailer bills after he signs the main budget bills.

 

AB 104  – EDUCATION FINANCE BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF AB 104 (AS  SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_104_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Passed State Senate. Passed Assembly. Presented to Governor at 3:00 PM

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to SB 77 considered earlier by the Assembly but not voted on. 

 

AB 114 – PUBLIC WORKS BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF AB 114 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT COPY:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_114_bill_20150615_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed State Senate 36 to 3. Passed Assembly 78 to 2.

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Presented to Governor at 3:00 PM.

NEXT STEPS: Will be signed by Governor after he signs main budget bill and revised budget bill. 

 

AB 116 – AUGMENTATIONS TO 2014-2015 STATE BUDGET TRAILER BILL

SUMMARY (BY SENATE BUDGET & FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE) OF BILL AS AMENDED JUNE 11 2015:

SUMMARY: This bill augments the Budget Act of 2014 to address various funding  shortfalls.

Background: This bill makes supplemental appropriations to the [State] Budget Act of 2014 in order to address the following shortfalls:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES: Increased costs are associated with hospital presumptive eligibility; a delay in Medi-Cal redeterminations; behavioral health treatment services; increased Medicare payments; a decrease in the projected managed care organization tax savings; and reduced federal drug rebates. These increased costs are partially offset by increased savings due to litigation settlements and additional drug rebates, for a total deficiency of $241.2 million General Fund (GF).

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: Increased costs are associated with staffing adjustments at the state developmental centers; decertification of four intermediate care facility units at Sonoma Developmental Center; increased caseload and utilization costs for regional center consumers; and continuation costs for residents transitioning into the community from a developmental center. These increased costs are partially offset by a reduction in the estimated costs for the expansion of the secured treatment program at Porterville Developmental Center; reduced costs for the Fairview and Porterville developmental centers program improvement plan implementation; lower than anticipated costs associated with the state minimum wage increase [in July 2014]; and the court action that has delayed implementation of federal overtime requirements, for a total deficiency of $170 million GF [State general fund].

CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES (RECEIVER): Increased costs are associated with increased California Health Care Facility staffing; Valley Fever testing; new high-cost Hepatitis C treatment; increased pharmaceutical costs; and adjustments based on the medical acuity staffing model, for a total deficiency of $107.7 million GF [State general funds].

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES: Increased costs are associated with the ongoing external legal representation in the case of California First, LLP (CalFirst) v. State of California, for a total deficiency of $2.5 million GF. This case concerns a purchase and sale agreement whereby CalFirst agreed to purchase 11 properties owned by the state. According to the Administration, this agreement automatically terminated when CalFirst failed to post a second deposit, as required by the agreement.

Homicide Trials: Under existing law, qualifying counties may seek reimbursement from the State Controller for extraordinary expenses associated with homicide trials. Two counties, Mariposa County in the case of People v. Cary Stayner and Lassen County in the case of People v. Joanne McElrath and Robin James, qualify for specified reimbursements, for a total supplemental cost of $72,000 GF [State general funds].

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION: Increased costs are associated with the inclusion of wireless cell phones in the Universal Lifeline Telephone Service program, which provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to qualified families. This inclusion resulted in a 60 percent increase in claims, for a total deficiency of $96 million (Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Trust Administrative Committee Fund).

Proposed Law and Fiscal Effect: This bill augments the Budget Act of 2014 by $521,541,114 GF [State general funds] and $96,000,000 (Special Funds) to address various funding shortfalls.

COPY OF AB 116 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) – PDF DOCUMENT COPY – 4 PAGES:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_116_bill_20150615_enrolled.pdf

LAST ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed State Senate 26 to 13. Passed Assembly 61 to 18.

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Presented to Governor at 3:00 PM.

NEXT STEPS: Will be signed by Governor after he signs main budget bill and revised budget bill. 

CDCAN COMMENT:   This budget trailer bill authorizes additional funding or augmentations – sometimes referred to as “deficiency funding” for budget areas that went over their budgeted spending projections for the current 2014-2015 State Budget year, including developmental services.

 

AB 117 – HEALTH FACILITY CONSTRUCTION LOAN INSURANCE FUND AND PUBLIC RESOURCES (CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT) BUDGET TRAILER BILL

COPY OF AB 117 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_117_bill_20150619_enrolled.pdf

CDCAN COMMENT: This bill is identical to SB 90 in the Assembly but was not taken up for a final vote. 

 

AB 119 – PUBLIC HEALTH: NURSING FACLITIES BUDGET TRAILER BILL

SUMMARY (FROM SENATE BUDGET & FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE ANALYSIS):

Budget Act of 2015: Nursing home quality assurance fee and rate adjustments

BACKGROUND: AB 1629 (Frommer), Chapter 875, Statutes of 2004, enacted the MediCal Long-Term Care Reimbursement Act of 2004, which establishes a reimbursement system that bases Medi-Cal reimbursements to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) on the actual cost of care. Prior to AB 1629, SNFs were paid a flat rate per Medi-Cal resident.

This flat rate system provided no incentive for quality care and reimbursed SNFs for less than it cost to care for their residents.

AB 1629 also allows the state to leverage new federal Medicaid dollars by imposing a quality assurance fee (QAF) on SNFs. This new federal funding is used to increase nursing-home reimbursement rates. (Federal Medicaid law allows states to impose such fees on certain health-care service providers and in turn repay the providers through increased reimbursements.) Because the costs of Medicaid reimbursements to health care providers are split between states and the federal government, this arrangement provides a method by which states can leverage additional federal funds for the support of their Medicaid programs and offset state costs. In 2015-16, it is projected that the SNF QAF will offset over $500 million in General Fund expenditures.

AB 1629 contained a sunset date of July 1, 2008 and has been extended five times.

SB 853 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review), Chapter 717, Statutes of 2010, established the Quality and Accountability Supplemental Payment (QASP) program.

Under the QASP program, SNFs that meet minimum staffing standards can earn incentive payouts from a pool of supplemental funds. The payouts are awarded based on SNFs’ performance on certain quality measures (including clinical indicators), as well as SNFs’ improvement on these measures relative to the previous year. Under SB 853, a portion of each year’s weighted average rate increase was to be set aside to fund the

QASP payment pool. The set-aside amount was $43 million in 2013-14, and $90 million in the 2014-15 rate year. In 2013-14, about 477 out of 1,000 SNFs earned the QASP payouts.

PROPOSED LAW: This bill contains necessary statutory changes to implement the Budget Act of 2015 for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

1. Extends the sunset date for the skilled nursing facility rate-setting methodology established under AB 1629 (Frommer), Chapter 875, Statutes of 2004, as well as the Quality Assurance Fee (QAF) and Quality/Accountability Supplemental Payment (QASP) programs, from July 31, 2015, to July 31, 2020.

2. Specifies that beginning in 2015-16, the annual increase in the weighted average Medi-Cal reimbursement rate for skilled nursing facilities would be 3.62 percent. (The rate increase for 2013-14 and 2014-15 was three percent.)

3. Sets Quality Accountability Supplemental Payment Program (QASP) payments at the same level as existed for 2014-15 (approximately $90 million per year).

4. Extends the DHCS Administrative Procedure Act (APA) exemption through July 31, 2020, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Public Contract Code exemption through December 31, 2020.

5. Beginning with the 2015-16 fiscal year, incorporates direct care staff retention as a performance measure for QASP to be developed in consultation with representatives from the long-term care industry, organized labor, and consumers.

6. Requires DHCS, in coordination with the Department of Public Health, to report to the Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees by May 1, 2016 regarding the quality and accountability payments including its assessment of if these payments are adequate to incentivize quality and are adequate to sustain the program.

Fiscal Effect: The QAF is estimated to generate $539.7 million in fee revenue from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016 (accrual). This fee revenue offsets General Fund expenditures used to reimburse skilled nursing facilities in Medi-Cal.

COPY OF AB 119 (AS SENT TO GOVERNOR) PDF DOCUMENT:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_119_bill_20150615_enrolled.pdf

PREVIOUS ACTION 06/15/2015: Passed State Senate 35 to 3. Passed Assembly 78 to 1.

LATEST ACTION 06/19/2015: Presented to Governor at 3:00 PM.

NEXT STEPS: Governor will sign this bill after signing the main budget bills.

 

CDCAN - MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    A CDCAN (Marty Omoto, family member and advocate) youtube channel was set up and has several videos dealing with current – and previous state budget issues, disability and senior rights, and advocacy.

    To see the current videos, including March 2014 San Andreas Regional Center Aptos Legislative Breakfast, January 2014 panel discussion on services for adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in Palo Alto, and older videos including video of April 2003 march of over 3,000 people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, regional centers and others from the Sacramento Convention Center to the State Capitol (to attend and testify at budget hearing on proposed massive permanent cuts to regional center funded services, go to the CDCAN (Marty Omoto) Channel at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg

    More videos – including new current videos (an interview with longtime advocate Maggie Dee Dowling is planned, among others) – plus archive videos of past events – will be posted soon