Yesterday the House and Senate tentatively approved the adjusted state budget for fiscal year 2010-2011. The last of the votes is expected to happen today followed by the governor's signature. The new fiscal year begins July 1. This will be the first time in seven years.
The budget being voted on totals just under $19 billion and does include a special provision for how the state will handle not receiving the additional $500 million from the federal government in FMAP money.
The budget does restore the $40 million cut to state funded community based services for people with developmental disabilities. mental illness, and addictive disorders. The budget also allocates $9 million in recurring funding to purchase more crisis beds. Both of these items reflect the continuing need for more community based services.
A more detailed budget analysis will be posted later in the week.