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Closer Look: Florida’s 2010 Budget By The Numbers

The following is a guide to some of the numbers in the budget the House and Senate passed Friday.

Budget total: $70.4 billion

Reserves: $1.4 billion, with another $730 million added if Federal Medical Assistance
Percentages (FMAP) money is approved by Congress

Total sweep of trust fund money into general revenue: $506.9 million

Biggest trust funds tapped: State transportation trust fund, $160 million; Local Govt. --Housing, $148.4 million
 
 
EDUCATION
-Average per-pupil spending: $6,843.51, a $1.22 boost over last year
-Schools’ required local effort: 5.29 mills, unchanged from last year
-Total RLE: $7.2 billion, a $604 million reduction
-Total state school funding: $8.9 billion, a $849 million increase
-.25 millage increase must be approved by voters in November to continue
-School board salaries can be no greater than beginning teacher salaries
-Voluntary Pre-K: $404.4 million, a $40.9 million increase
-Excellent Teaching program: $21.2 million, covering 12,700 teachers
 Colleges and Universities:
-Tuition increased 8 percent – both rise 8 percent, but universities can add as much as 7 percent more through differential tuition
-University system budget: $3.6 billion, including tuition, a 5.8 percent increase
-State college system budget: $1.9 billion, including tuition, a 7.1 percent increase
-Construction dollars: $339.4 million for universities and $261.2 million for colleges
-FRAG and ABLE grant programs: reduced 4 percent, to $104 and $945 awards
-Bright Futures: $437.3 million, including $25 million if FMAP funds approved

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
-Hospitals lose 7 percent of their state payments for indigent patients
-Rural hospitals and two children’s hospitals, Miami’s Children’s Hospital and St. --Petersburg’s All Children’s Hospitals are spared the rate reduction.
-Nursing homes also face a 7 percent rate cut, or $199.4 million, but FMAP money would reduce that to a 5 percent reduction. Some of that may be bought back with a per-patient assessment. The homes will get a break on staffing a bit, allowed to count nursing hours in with certified nursing assistant hours when meeting required staffing levels.
--Hospice rates lose 7 percent, dropping to 5 percent if FMAP arrives
-Community-based mental health and substance abuse programs drew $14.4 million in state funding
-The Department of Health: A reorganization set in motion, with its oversight of drugs, cosmetics and household products moved to the Department of Business Regulation. DOH also must compile report on its divisions and get legislative approval for new programs or major grants.
-Medicaid failed to undergo a major rewrite. Instead, the five-county pilot project, which relies heavily on managed care, will likely be extended through a renewed request for a federal waiver
-Medically Needy and MEDS AD: $1.4 billion funding covers current 39,684 beneficiaries
-Fully funds pregnant women between 150 percnet and 185 percent of the poverty level
-KidCare: $37.1 million, allows for a 9 percent expansion of 22,374 children 
-$20 million for the King Biomedical Research Program, $20 million for the Bankhead Coley program and $10 million for the Moffitt Cancer Center.
-Nearly $10 million for Sylvester Cancer Center.
-Adds 174 employees for new St. Johns County State Veterans Nursing Home scheduled to open 2010
-Establishes a $150,000 annual cap on tier one waiver services at the Agency for Persons With Disabilities that reduces state spending by $1.4 million. Reduces tiers two, three, and four annual caps by 2.5 percent for waiver services. Tier 2 goes from $55,000 to $53,625; tier 3 goes from $35,000 to $34,125 and tier 4 goes from $14,792 to $14,422.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
-Florida Housing received an appropriation of $37.5 million to be used for down payment assistance for single family home purchases.  But a sweep of the State Housing trust fund and the local government trust fund totaled $174.3 million, which in combination with the down payment assistance program will substantially clean out the trust funds.
 
ENVIRONMENT
-Everglades restoration: $10 million, which can rise to $50 million if FMAP is approved
-Florida Forever: $15 million
-Beach restoration: $15.5 million
-Petroleum tank cleanup: $120 million
-Caloosahatchee/St. Lucie River clean-up, $40 million.
 
 GENERAL GOVERNMENT
-Department of Management Services will no longer report just to governor, but rather to governor and Cabinet.
-The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) and Auditor General’s Office dodged a House-proposed merger. Instead, OPPAGA will lose one-third of its budget.
-A $50 million “jobs bill,” built mostly around tax incentives and credits for businesses could climb to $70 million, if FMAP money is approved.
-Legislature: Budget reduced by $1.8 million; legislators pay kept at current level
-Lottery: 250 instant ticket vending machines approved, with another 750 authorized if estimators endorse
-Cut of 10 jobs at the Office of Insurance Regulation for savings of $479,000.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
-Employees now exempt from paying health insurance premiums will pay $100 a year for individual coverage and $360 a year for family coverage. Copayments are increased.
-No pay raise for state employees, but no pay cuts.
 
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
-Jackson Laboratories: Though unnamed, a $50 million installment of $130 million, three-year effort to lure the non-profit, Maine-based genetic research center to expand operation in Florida.

TRANSPORTATION
-Dept. of Highway Safety Budget is $387 million, most from trust funds.
-No trooper layoffs, but reducing 20 vacant non-trooper jobs at Highway Patrol and cutting the Highway Patrol trooper overtime budget by $2 million.
-Ten drivers license offices folded into other nearby officers.
-Department of Transportation budget is $7 billion, $5.8 billion of which is for the first year of the 5-year work program.
-Requires the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to pay $19 million to the Department of Transportation to reduce the authority's operation and maintenance liability DOT says it is owed.
-Non-recurring sweep of $160 million from state Transportation Trust Fund to general revenue. If FMAP comes through, $40 million of that would go back to trust fund.

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