Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Quick Hits: Hot Policy Topics for This Week

Continuing Resolution:
It is looking more and more like we will need to have a third continuing resolution in order to keep state government operating.  Currently we have a continuing resolution that sets the spending at 84% of the current FY 2008-2009 budget.  We expect that the next continuing resolution will again lower that percentage. The current CR will expire at midnight on July 31, 2009.

After Governor Perdue stated that she would not support any budget with an income tax surcharge on all workers, budget negotiations came to a standstill and the long awaited finance/revenue package became history.  This week we expect House and Senate leadership to begin to work on a new revenue package. With the delay in passing a budget, we expect to start hearing about more services being cut to people with developmental disabilities. We are also anticipating that providers of critical services will begin to see delays in receiving payments for services provided. 
We will keep you updated on all developments.

Bills of Interest:
Senate Bill 293: Juror Qualifications/Electronic Juror List (Deaf Juror Bill) will be on the House calendar tonight for its second and third reading. This bill had received considerable attention regarding the original floor debate. We are continuing to request that you use the Action Alert on this blog to contact your Representative and ask them to vote yes for the bill.

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