Legislative Research Commission

 

Subcommittee on 2014-2016 Budget Preparation and Submission

 

Minutes of the<MeetNo1> Meeting

 

<MeetMDY1> June 27, 2013

 

Call to Order and Roll Call

The<MeetNo2> first meeting of the Subcommittee on 2014-2016 Budget Preparation and Submission of the Legislative Research Commission was held on<Day> Thursday,<MeetMDY2> June 27, 2013, at<MeetTime> 3:15 PM, in<Room> Room 131 of the Capitol Annex. Senator Bob Leeper, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.

 

Present were:

 

Members:<Members> Senator Bob Leeper, Co-Chair; Representative Rick Rand, Co-Chair; Senator Ernie Harris; Representatives Kelly Flood, Marie Rader, and Arnold Simpson.

 

Guests: Jane Driskell, State Budget Director, and John Hicks, Deputy State Budget Director; Office of State Budget Director.

 

LRC Staff: Gregory M. Rush, Stephanie Craycraft, and Spring Emerson.

 

John Hicks, Deputy State Budget Director, testified about the state budget process and proposed changes to the draft budget instructions.

 

In response to a question from Senator Harris, Mr. Hicks stated that personnel costs are linear and have a multiplier effect; for example, having a percentage of salary as a retirement contribution. Senator Harris expressed concern with the effects of Obamacare and increased costs to employers.

 

In response to questions from Representative Rand, Mr. Hicks said funded positions had been included in baseline requests in the past, but that had not been done for several budgets.

 

In response to a question from Representative Flood, Mr. Hicks stated that statutes and regulations should both be mentioned in requests to be able to understand source and use as the law dictates.

 

Chairman Leeper requested a motion to direct the Co-Chairs to work with LRC staff to finalize the 2014-2016 Budget Instructions and formally present them to LRC for adoption. A motion was made by Representative Simpson and seconded by Senator Harris, and the motion carried without objection or discussion.

 

Chairman Leeper requested a motion to direct staff to send Defined Calculations letters to specific agencies before 2014-2016 Budget Instructions are finalized. A motion was made by Representative Flood and seconded by Representative Rand, and the motion carried without objection or discussion.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM.