SB19-207 (Moreno/Esgar) FY 2019-20 Long Bill
The appropriations bill, often referred to as the “Long Bill,” is the Joint Budget Committee’s budget package for state fiscal year 2019-2020. After the Colorado Senate passed the state budget with bipartisan support, the JBC convened to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The final version of the budget includes an increase for suicide prevention programs, a reallocation $100 million in funds to increase funding for transportation and an amendment that would increase CDPHE’s flexibility in the use of federal and state funds to support family planning.
The Children’s Campaign continues to monitor the budget debates and advocate for smart investments to support Colorado’s children and families. Notable investments that are a part of the Long Bill include:
- Funding for full-day kindergarten, which would remove the burden on families to pay tuition and free up district resources previously spent on full-day kindergarten to address local needs
- Funding for mill levy equalization for charter schools
- Increased allocation of federal funding for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
- Additional funding for family planning services in public health clinics
- Partial funding for an equity trainer to advance equity in state programs
- Allocation of federal TANF funds for a pilot program to provide employment supports to non-custodial parents owing child support
Signed by the Governor on Thurs. Apr., 18!
March 29, 2019
The Long Bill passed the Senate this week on a bipartisan vote of 29-6 and now heads to the House, where Representatives will debate and vote on the bill next week.
April 5, 2019
The Long Bill passed the House this week on a vote of 42-22 and now heads to the Joint Budget Committee, where members will make final determinations for allocations to the budget.