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Senate Finance 2010 Blue Book

Senate Finance 2010 Blue Book

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This is the New York Senate's 2010-11 "Blue Book", a Finance Committee breakdown of the proposed Executive Budget.
This is the New York Senate's 2010-11 "Blue Book", a Finance Committee breakdown of the proposed Executive Budget.

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Funding Source

Adjusted
Appropriation
2009-2010

Executive
Recommendation
2010-2011

Change

Percent
Change

General Fund

$55,054,000

$40,789,000

($14,265,000)

-25.91%

Special Revenue-Other

$48,224,000

$47,257,000

($967,000)

-2.01%

Special Revenue-Federal

$49,644,000

$49,644,000

$0

0.00%

Capital Projects Fund

$3,750,000

$3,750,000

$0

0.00%

Enterprise Funds

$24,361,000

$21,361,000

($3,000,000)

-12.31%

Fiduciary Funds

$1,836,000

$1,836,000

$0

0.00%

Total All Funds:

$182,869,000

$164,637,000

($18,232,000)

-9.97%

The Department of Agriculture and Markets is charged with fostering a competitive and safe
food and agricultural industry in the State of New York to benefit and protect both producers and
consumers. The Department’s major responsibilities include oversight and regulation of the
State’s agricultural and food industry by administering inspection and testing programs
associated with food safety, animal and plant health, and accurate labeling; as well as the
preservation of agricultural resources by supporting programs that improve soil and water
quality. The Department is also responsible for operating the annual New York State Fair.

Overview of Executive Budget Proposal

The Executive recommends a total All Funds appropriation of $164.6 million for the Department
of Agriculture and Markets. This represents an overall reduction of $18.2 million or 10 percent
from the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2009-10 Enacted Budget.

The SFY 2010-11 Executive Budget proposal provides for an overall staffing reduction of 40
Full-Time Equivalent (FTEs) positions from the Department. The majority of this reduction in
staffing is associated with Executive proposals that would reduce Kosher enforcement staffing
and discontinue the role of the State in farm products grading. Additional information about
these proposals is included in the sections below.

SFY 2010-11 Executive Proposed Budget Impacts on State Operations

The Executive recommends State Operations appropriations totaling $127.5 million for SFY
2010-11, a decrease of $9 million or seven percent from the SFY 2009-10 Enacted Budget.
Major components of this decrease in State Operations spending are as follows:

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Discontinuation of State Role in Farm Products Grading: The Executive proposes to
discontinue a large portion of the Department’s Farm Products Grading Program. The
portion of the program funded with Federal dollars will be maintained, but farm products
wholesalers who currently utilize the Department’s services to grade products for quality
and price would now have to utilize existing private entities. This proposal would result
in $430,000 in General Fund savings in SFY 2010-11 and a reduction of 20 FTE
positions.

Reduce Kosher Enforcement Staffing: The Executive proposes to reduce staffing at
the Kosher Division of the Department to reflect a previous court decision which limits
the State’s role in performing religious inspections. The proposal is estimated to generate
approximately $117,000 in General Fund savings and a reduction of eight FTE positions
in SFY 2010-11. The Kosher Division would still maintain three employees currently
engaged in ensuring compliance with consumer disclosure laws.

Elimination of State Role in Dog Licensing: The Executive proposes to eliminate the
State’s role in dog licensing. Municipalities would be responsible for maintaining their
own existing programs. This proposal is estimated to achieve $157,000 in General Fund
savings and a reduction of five FTE positions in SFY 2010-11.

Cost Savings from Continued Across-the-Board Agency Reductions: The Executive
continues his policy of requiring agencies to make Across-the-Board reductions in
personal and non-personal service spending. Approximately $4.4 million in overall State
Operations savings would be achieved through the continuation of this policy.

Proposed Five-Day Salary Deferrals: The Governor recommends a policy of
implementing workforce-related savings associated with re-negotiation of labor
agreements with State employees. While most of these re-negotiations have yet to occur,
the Executive Budget proposal anticipates a total of $752,000 in State Operations savings
for the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Enterprise Fund Appropriation Reduction: Another large portion of the overall $9.6
million reduction in State Operations spending proposed for SFY 2010-11 is attributable
to a general reduction of approximately $3.7 million from the Enterprise Fund
appropriation to the Department’s State Fair Program.

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Agriculture & Markets Local Assistance Grants

The Executive recommends Aid to Localities appropriations totaling $33.3 million for SFY
2010-11, a decrease of approximately $8.6 million or 20.5 percent from the SFY 2009-10
Enacted Budget. Core funding would be maintained for the Cornell Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory and the Migrant Childcare Program. Funding would be eliminated for a number of
programs including:

• The Cornell Rabies Program
• The Agriculture in the Classroom Program
• The Association of Agricultural Educators
• The Integrated Pest Management Program
• The Geneva Experiment Station
• The Cornell Phytophthora Research Program
• Local Fairs
• The “Grow NY” Program
• The Wine and Grape Foundation
• The Farm Viability Institute
• The Center for Dairy Excellence
• Apiary Inspection
• The Apple Growers Association
• The Organic Farming Program
• New York State Wine Marketing and Promotion
• The New York Seafood Council
• The Maple Producers Association

However, the Division of the Budget has indicated that an appropriation will be included in the
21-Day Amendments to the Executive Budget Proposal for the Wine and Grape Foundation to be
funded utilizing a portion of the licensing fees that would be established from the Executive’s
Article VII legislation that would authorize wine to be sold in grocery and drug stores.

Capital Appropriations in Agriculture & Markets

The Executive recommends overall capital appropriations totaling $3 million for SFY 2010-11,
representing no change from the amount of capital funding appropriated in the SFY 2009-10
Enacted Budget. These capital appropriations are associated with the maintenance and
improvement of facilities at the State Fair.

While there is no year-to-year change in the new capital appropriations for the State Fair, the
Executive proposes to achieve savings in SFY 2010-11 by eliminating two reappropriations for
prior-year budget items:

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• Savings of $10 million are associated with the elimination of the reappropriation from the
SFY 2008-09 Enacted Budget for the Cornell University Grape Genomics Research
Facility, which would have supported construction of a laboratory to conduct grape
research; and,

• Savings of $2 million are associated with the elimination of the reappropriation from the
SFY 2006-07 Enacted Budget for the construction of the Cornell Equine Drug Testing
Laboratory.

Proposed Article VII

The Executive proposes legislation which would:

Authorize equine drug testing to be conducted by a State college with an Equine
Sciences Program:
This proposed Article VII legislation would remove the requirement
that equine drug testing for all thoroughbred and harness racing in New York State be
conducted exclusively by the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell
University under contract with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The
Executive budget proposal includes an assumption of $540,000 in savings associated with
this proposal.

Eliminate the State's role in dog licensing: The Executive recommends Article VII
legislation that would eliminate the State's role in dog licensing to make it a function
performed solely by local governments. Under this proposal, municipalities would retain
all revenues stemming from the licensing of dogs and would be given broad discretion in
the implementation of dog licensing programs. The Executive Budget Proposal assumes
$81,000 in net savings for SFY 2010-11 and annual net savings of $325,000 each year
thereafter.

Authorize State agencies to enter into memoranda of understanding with Cornell
University to procure services and technical assistance:
This proposed Article VII
legislation would authorize State agencies to enter into memoranda of understanding
(MOUs) with Cornell University rather than contracts in order to procure services and
technical assistance. In 2005, the Attorney General issued an opinion that required State
agencies to contract with Cornell. Previously, State agencies entered into MOUs with
Cornell as they do with SUNY and other State agencies.

Authorize the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores: The Executive also includes Article
VII legislation that would authorize the sale of wine in grocery and drug stores. This
proposed legislation would also establish a fee for the licensure of each grocery or drug
store to be able to sell wine.

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