OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-7090

AN ACT CONCERNING RESPONSIBLE GROWTH.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Policy & Mgmt. , Off.

GF - Cost

70,000

70,000

Various State Agencies

Various - See Below

See Below

See Below

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)

GF - Cost

16,770

39,130

Various Quasi- Public Agencies

GF - None

None

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a Responsible Growth Task Force and appoints the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Environmental Protection, Public Health, Transportation, or their respective designees, the chairperson and board of directors of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) who shall serve as chairperson of the taskforce. It is anticipated that all agencies can serve on the taskforce within their normal budgetary resources.

The bill requires that OPM determine whether grants in excess of $100,000 provided by state quasi-public agencies are consistent with the state plan of conservation and development, and prohibits any such grants that are inconsistent. It is anticipated that OPM will require one additional staff member to review these grants, with an associated salary and other expenses of $70,0001 annually. It is anticipated that this requirement will result in no fiscal impact to the state's quasi-public agencies.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated first year fringe benefit rate for a new employee as a percentage of average salary is 25. 8%, effective July 1, 2006. The first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs. The state's pension contribution is based upon the prior year's certification by the actuary for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). The SERS 2006-07 fringe benefit rate is 34. 4%, which when combined with the non pension fringe benefit rate totals 60. 2%.