OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-803

AN ACT CONCERNING ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAMS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF OYSTER HARVESTERS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Cost

50,000

20,000

Department of Economic & Community Development

GF - Cost

50,000

None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 requires the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to conduct a study on the development of entrepreneurial programs for oyster harvesters. Section 3 of the bill appropriates $50,000 to the Department of Economic and Community Development from the General Fund to finance a study.

It is anticipated that DECD would incur a one-time cost of approximately $40,000 to $50,000 associated with consulting services for an economic analysis which would be necessary to complete the study. The appropriation provided in Section 3 would therefore sufficiently cover all potential costs.

Section 2 results in a cost to the Department of Public Health (DPH) of $50,000 in FY 14 and $20,000 in FY 15. Costs to DPH are associated with contracting for the study of the public health effects of eating eastern oysters that are between two and three inches long.1 It is anticipated that the contractor will conduct interviews, enter data into the Connecticut Electronic Disease Surveillance System database and perform Statistical Analysis System (SAS) analysis2 of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. BRFSS is a telephonic survey coordinated by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is anticipated that BRFSS data will be collected in FY 14 at a cost of $30,000 that fiscal year. The CDC contracts with ICF Macro, Inc. to conduct BRFSS for participating states and the cost to the states is based on the number and complexity of questions in the survey.

sHB 6350, the FY 14 and FY 15 budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, does not include appropriations for either DECD or DPH for these purposes.

The Out Years

The bill includes an appropriation for DECD in FY 14 only. It is therefore anticipated that DECD will finish the study within FY 14 and incur no additional costs in the outyears.

DPH must report on its study by 7/1/15. It is assumed the agency will terminate study activities as of this date, eliminating any cost to DPH in the out years.

1 Infectious Diseases Section staff positions are primarily supported by federal funds through cooperative agreements, which necessitate the dedication of staff time to federally funded activities.

2 The software licensing cost for SAS is $1,500 annually.