2016 CCIC Legislative Summary
The legislature convened on Monday for a one-day veto session that wraps up business for the 2016 session. CCIC has composed a summary of legislation passed this year that impacts CCIC Member Institutions and highlights other relevant laws passed during the 2016 regular legislative session and the subsequent Special Session. View the complete 2016 legislative summary here.
The $19.76 billion budget adopted by the legislature on May 13th and subsequently signed by the Governor contained no tax increases, large budget cuts and significant state employee layoffs.
When the Governor proposed his budget at the start of the session in February, the FY 17 budget deficit was estimated around $570 million. The Governor proposed across the board cuts of most line items of approximately 5.75% and consolidated a significant number of line items within many agencies, including the Office of Higher Education, to a single “agency operations” fund in an effort to give Commissioners more discretion to control spending and costs.
Unfortunately the budget deficit projections increased during the session to $960 million. The current fiscal year budget also required adjustments as shortfalls kept widening and continue to do so due to eroding state income tax receipts.
The final version of the FY 17 budget signed into law includes $830 million in cuts and $100 million in fund transfers plus some expected revenue from judicial settlements. The Governor’s proposal to consolidate line items within the Office of Higher Education’s budget was not adopted.
Some specific budget line items of note are below. Click here to view the complete bill summary of the budget.
| Budget Item
|| FY 16 Appropriation
|| FY 17 Original Appropriation
|| FY 17 Adjusted Appropriation
| PILOT for Colleges & Hospitals
| Governor’s Scholarship Program
| Minority Advancement Program (MAP)