On Friday, March the 27th at 11:30 a.m., the House released its nearly $39 billion general fund operating budget for the 2015-2017 biennium. You can view the proposal here. As anticipated, new revenue sources are in the budget for the amount of nearly $1.5 billion. Here is a breakdown of some of what we've been monitoring, with additions from the Senate capital and operations budgets as well as the transportation revenue package:
|House Budget||Senate Budget|
|Healthiest Next Generation (DOH only)||246,000||0|
|Public Health Hotline/I-502||410,000||0|
|Youth Tobacco & E-Cigarette Prevention||1,400,000||1,400,000|
|Healthy Kids - Healthy Schools Grants (Scratch Cooking-HB 1164; Hydration Stations)||2,000,000||0|
|Breakfast after the Bell implementation grants||2,950,000||0|
|Housing Trust Fund||80,000,000||65,000,000|
|Safe Routes to Schools||56,000,000||11,500,000|
For more comparison of the House and Senate Capital budgets, click here.
Healthiest Next Generation - One-time funding is provided for 1 FTE at DOH to coordinate the work of the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative.
Grants Program/I-502 - Funding is provided for a grants program to prevent and reduce youth marijuana use, consistent with the provisions of Initiative 502. (Dedicated Marijuana Account-State)
Public Health Hotline/I-502 - Funding is provided for a marijuana use public health hotline, consistent with the provisions of Initiative 502. (Dedicated Marijuana Account-State)
Education Campaigns/I-502 - Funding is provided for media-based education campaigns for youth and adults that provide medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks of marijuana use, consistent with the provisions of Initiative 502. (Dedicated Marijuana Account-State)
Youth Tobacco & E-Cigarette Prev - One-time funding is provided for activities to help prevent tobacco use, e-cigarette use, and vaping. Prevention activities will target youth and populations with a high incidence of tobacco use. (Tobacco Prevention and Control Account-State)
Housing Trust - Funding provided for competitive loans and grants for affordable housing projects statewide that will produce, at a minimum, a total of 1,900 homes and 500 seasonal beds.