OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sSB-104

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE STATE CIVIC NETWORK.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various State Agencies

All Funds - Cost

See Below

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Department of Revenue Services

GF - Revenue Gain

3.2 million

3.2 million

Note: All Funds=All Funds; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Municipalities

Cost

See Below

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Explanation

The bill establishes the State Civic Network (Network) and requires the Network to be funded by cable subscribers which will result in a potential cost to the state and municipalities as ratepayers.

The bill also requires the Network to be managed by a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization selected by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and requires the state to transfer any assets it owns as of June 30 2016, that are related to the State Civic Network's operation, to the organization. This provision will result in a loss of asset value to the state.

Lastly, the bill eliminates an existing annual diversion of $3.2 million in Public Service Companies tax revenue from the General Fund to the Office of Legislative Management. This results in a $3.2 million General Fund revenue gain annually beginning in FY 17.

The Out Years

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