OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6117

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF DIGITAL OPEN-SOURCE TEXTBOOKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

46,380

46,380

Higher Education Constituent Units

GF - Cost

160,000

160,000

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a state cost of $206,380 in FY 16 and FY 17 as it requires the constituent units of higher education to annually (1) assess the use of high-quality and affordable digital open-source textbooks and related materials to lower students' higher education costs, (2) promote the use of and access to open-source textbooks, and (3) collaborate to develop and acquire open-source textbooks. The costs include a position at both the University of Connecticut and the Board of Regents for Higher Education to assess and promote the usage of such textbooks in addition to collaborating with participating institutions. The total cost for both positions is $120,000. Other costs include fringe benefits of $46,380 and $40,000 to operate workshops, seminars and conferences, establish and update a website.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 38.65% of payroll in FY 16 and FY 17.