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Legislative Finance Committee FY 2014 Budget Recommendation

Legislative Finance Committee FY 2014 Budget Recommendation

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The Legislative Finance Committee's fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations.
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STATE OF NEW MEXICO
Report of the Legislative Finance Committeeto the Fifty First Legislature
First SESSION
legislating for results:
policy and performance analysis
January 2013
For Fiscal Year 2014
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Senator John Arthur SmithChairman
Senator Sue Wilson BeffortSenator Pete CamposSenator Carlos R. CisnerosSenator Stuart IngleSenator Carroll H. LeavellSenator Mary Kay PapenSenator John M. Sapien
State of New Mexico
Legislative Finance Committee
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 101
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Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501(505) 986-4550
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Fax: (505) 986-4545
DAVID ABBEYDIRECTOR Representative Luciano “Lucky” VarelaChairman
Representative William “Bill” J. GrayRepresentative Rhonda S. KingRepresentative Larry A. LarrañagaRepresentative Henry Kiki SaavedraRepresentative Nick L. Salazar Representative Edward C. SandovalRepresentative Don L. TrippRepresentative James White
I would like to thank the membership of the Legislative Finance Committee for their hard work on behalf of the people of  New Mexico and the LFC staff for its thoughtfulness and diligence on this very difficult task. Together, we have prepareda responsible budget that protects critical servicesand vulnerable citizens.Sincerely,Senator John Arthur SmithChairmanJanuary 15, 2013Honorable MembersFifty-FirstLegislature, FirstSessionState CapitolSanta Fe, New Mexico 87501Dear Fellow Legislators:Pursuant to Section 2-5-4 NMSA 1978, the fiscal year 2014budget recommendation of the Legislative FinanceCommittee is provided to you. The committee recommendation for recurring appropriations from the general fund is$5.883billion, $233millionmore than the FY13operating budget. With the economic recovery continuing at a lackluster  pace, the committee chose a cautious approach to new spending. This recommendation, with spending levels just 4 percent overthose of FY13, would leave operating reserves at nearly 12 percent, a prudent pathin light of the manyfinancial risks in play.Potentially, New Mexico could face severe cuts in federal spending, feel the effects of a deeper recession in the European Union,ora drop in energy revenues.The committee’s recommendation continues to emphasize education, health care, early childhood, and public safety. Inaddition, $32 million of the recommended increase in general fund spending would be used to give state employees,teachers,and support staffan average 1 percent pay increase. The Legislature has not approved a pay increase for stateemployees since 2008.The committee’s general fund recommendation of $2.5billion for public schoolsis an increase of 3.7percent, or $91million,from the FY13appropriation.The recommendation for higher education is $785.5 million, a 3.7percent increasefrom the FY13 appropriation,or$27.8million.The recommendation reflects the implementation of a new fundingformula that emphasizes course and degreecompletion over enrollment.The recommendation includes $16.2 million for  prekindergarten, childcare assistance, home visits for the families of newborns and other early childhood programs.The committee recommends a $940million general fund appropriation for Medicaid, a $34.8million increase, or 3.9 percent over FY13to replace tobacco revenue and reflects the department’s projections of moderate program growth andsuccess in bringing down Medicaid costs. The recommendation includes $299.8 million from the general fund for theHealth Department, including $4.6 million to reduce the waiting list for services under the Medicaid waiver program for the developmentally disabled.Finally, the committee recommendation includesa3.7percent increase for the Department of Public Safetywith fundingto replace vehicles and raise pay to improve the recruitment and retention of public safety officers.
 
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Recommendations and Highlights ....................................................1Fiscal Outlook.....................................................................................6Public Schools...............................................................................13Higher Education...........................................................................21Early Childhood..............................................................................28Health Care....................................................................................32Social Services..............................................................................40Transportation................................................................................46Public Safety..................................................................................51Economic Development.................................................................54Natural Resources.........................................................................57Tax Policy.......................................................................................60Compensation................................................................................66Pensions and Other Benefits.........................................................71 Accountability in Government .......................................................89Report Card Criteria.......................................................................90
Performance Reports:
Public Schools...............................................................................91Higher Education...........................................................................94Human Services Department.........................................................97Behavioral Health Collaborative....................................................99Department of Health...................................................................100 Aging and Long-Term Services Department...............................103Children, Youth and Families Department...................................104Department of Public Safety........................................................106Corrections Department...............................................................107Department of Transportation......................................................108Economic Development Department...........................................110Department of Environment.........................................................112Office of the State Engineer.........................................................114Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department................116Taxation and Revenue Department.............................................118State Personnel Board.................................................................120 Administrative Office of the Courts..............................................121General Services Department......................................................122Department of Information Technology.......................................125
IntroductionPolicy AnalysisPublic Employee CompensationCapital Outlay……….……………………………….…………76Information Technology……….……………………………….83InvestmentReport…..………….………………………………85PerformanceProgram Evaluation Activity….……………………………...126
REPORT OF THELEGISLATIVEFINANCECOMMITTEETO THEFIFTY-FIRSTLEGISLATUREFIRST SESSION VOLUME ILEGISLATINGFOR RESULTS:POLICY ANDPERFORMANCEANALYSISJANUARY 2013FORFISCAL YEAR 2014
SENATORJOHN ARTHUR SMITHCHAIRMANREPRESENTATIVELUCIANO “LUCKY” VARELAVICE CHAIRMANDAVID ABBEYDIRECTOR
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