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OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: See Table Below

Municipal Impact: See Table Below

Explanation

The bill results in various impacts as described below:

Sec. #

Description

Impact

Additional Information

1

Exempts the Judicial Department from a reduction in agencies' Other Expenses line items to FY 07 levels.

Implements the Budget

The Judicial Department's annual share of the lapse is anticipated to be $7. 8 million.

2

Transfers $650,000 in funding from the Department of Correction (DOC) to the Judicial Department for a program for children of incarcerated parents and for programs for the reunification of incarcerated women with their children; also provides that $50,000 be specified for the CT Pardons Team, Inc.

No Net Fiscal Impact

This section transfers $650,000 between agencies and diverts $50,000 in existing appropriations.

3

Requires Judicial and CCSU to enter into a MOU for the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy to conduct research, evaluation, outreach and programs concerning children of incarcerated parents, and to create and implement such programs.

No Net Fiscal Impact

This section could result in the transfer of funding between agencies but is not anticipated to result in an increase in cost.

4

Requires the DECD to provide grants to a specific entity to operate a statewide small business incubator program.

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This section makes the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) the sole recipient of a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to operate an incubator facility.  DECD currently contracts with CCAT as the sole recipient to administer the small business incubator program, but does have the authority to contract with other entities.  To the extent that another entity becomes more financially attractive in the future, the state could forgo savings or expanded services.

5

Delays the sunset provision for the moratorium on the sale, lease or transfer of state-owned property currently used to house individuals with mental retardation. The moratorium applies to state-operated residential facilities and group homes occupied by individuals who are DDS and DMHAS consumers.

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To the extent that this section applies to the 17 group homes that DDS is in the process of converting to privately operated facilities, it may impact the cost savings associated with the conversions. The moratorium, by preventing a sale of DDS or DHMAS property, may result in potential forgone revenue into the non lapsing account established in 17a-451d for use by DDS and DHMAS.

6

Establishes a Connecticut Sentencing Commission within OPM.

No Fiscal Impact

This section establishes the commission within available appropriations. In addition, private funding may be available for costs of the commission.

7

Permits the sale of the former Seaside Regional Center and specifies that all moneys received by the state from the sale be deposited in the General Fund.

Implements the Budget

This section results in a potential revenue gain to the General Fund and a potential revenue loss to the non lapsing account established in 17a-451d for use by the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. It should be noted that the revenue estimates adopted by the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee in support of the FY 10 and FY 11 General Fund budget include a General Fund revenue gain of $15 million in FY 10 and $45 million in FY 11 from the sale of state assets such as real property.

The Out Years

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

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.