OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
Hartford, CT 06106 ↓ (860) 240-0200
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April 24, 2012
To Fiscal Note on
sSB-23, File No. 401
AN ACT ENHANCING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE.
The fiscal note for sSB 23 reflected fringe benefit costs of $55,518 to the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).
Instead, the fiscal note should have included fringe benefit costs of $130,397 to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Fringe benefits for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller (General Fund & Transportation Fund). Fringe benefits for Other Appropriated fund positions are budgeted to the specific agency itself and recovered by the Comptroller at the full fringe benefit rate of 68. 63%. By doing this, the fringe benefit costs are increased.
The fiscal note also indicated that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will need to hire two engineers to establish standards and annually evaluate utility companies' performance.
Instead, the fiscal note should have stated that PURA will need to hire two engineers to evaluate each electric, gas, and telephone company's infrastructure and facilities.