Joint Budget Committee Figure Setting
The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is currently considering budget items and requests across state agencies and departments as part of the annual budgeting process. Here are some highlights of budget items that impact Colorado kids:
Department of Education
- CSI Mill Levy Equalization: Last year, the Colorado Children’s Campaign supported the passage of HB17-1375 (Distributing Mill Levy Override Revenue to Charter Schools), which requires school districts that collect local revenues to share funds equally with the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI). The request, an increase of $11 million in total funding in FY 2018-19 is intended to match the override funding being distributed by school districts to district-authorized charter schools in FY 2018-19.
Department of Human Services
- Expansion of Incredible Years: On a vote of 5-1, the JBC approved the JBC staff recommendation to provide additional funding and FTE for the expansion of the evidence-based Incredible Years (IY) program.
- Mitigation of CCCAP Waitlists: The JBC voted unanimously to approve the JBC staff recommendation to address waitlists in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), which includes: (i) $12.25 million in total funds for the CCCAP program, (ii) drafting legislation to change the funding method for CCCAP to a percentage-based model, (iii) $2 million in federal CCDF funds for a CCCAP reserve fund for counties, and (iv) $20,000 in additional federal funds for the CCCAP market rate study.
- Transfer of Part C Child Find: The JBC voted unanimously to sponsor legislation to move the responsibilities for Part C Child Find to the Department of Human Services from the Department of Education. The JBC also approved $2.7 million in additional funding for Child Find.
- Early Intervention Caseload Increase: The JBC unanimously approved $3.7 million in total funding for Early Intervention for caseload growth in the program.
- The JBC tabled additional budget items and requests for a later date, including:
- Additional funding to support the early childhood workforce through scholarship and training programs
- Additional funding to support Early Childhood Councils
- Colorado SNAP Increased Food Security and County Technical Assistance: The Governor’s budget request included an increase to fund additional staffers to work at the state office for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide additional technical assistance to counties. We support this request as one way to improve access to and accountability around the SNAP program in Colorado. One in six Colorado children experience food insecurity each year and they are not always sure when or where they will get their next meal. Ensuring access to SNAP for families who are eligible reduces food insecurity, improves economic stability, improves child health outcomes and can lower Medicaid costs. Providing technical assistance to counties as outlined in the budget request is critical to ensuring compliance with federal rules and improving performance. The JBC staffer’s recommendation on this decision was generally in line with the Department’s budget request. The JBC tabled this decision until later in the budget setting process.
Department of Public Health and Environment:
- Funding for long-acting reversible contraception: The JBC voted 5-0 to maintain current state funding levels for family planning services in public health clinics as part of the Preventive Services Division.
- Funding for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: The JBC voted 5-0 to maintain funding levels for the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey as part of the Preventive Services Division. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is a key way to track the well-being of Colorado youth so that local and state policymakers can identify concerning trends and track the success of public services.