LegisLetter: May 02, 2019
Volume 26, Number 9
The FY 2019-2020 budget is printed and on the desks of the members of the Florida Legislature. The state constitution requires the Legislature to wait 72 hours before voting on the budget. Legislators were not able to conclude their business on time; therefore, they must return this Saturday to vote on the budget bills.
There are still significant policy bills pending in the legislature over the next few days. A spotlight on the bills will be forthcoming next week.
Today, we want to provide you with the budget breakdown along with a few highlights
First, the House and Senate agreed to an overall budget reduction of $35 million for all universities. That equates to about $5.5 million for Florida State University. They did not provide any funds for performance or preeminence in the budget. The House had proposed and additional $100 million in cuts for universities, but the Senate was successful in preventing the more drastic reductions.
Thankfully, the Senate provided Florida State University with $6 million to prevent us from realizing the cut. Additionally, the Interdisciplinary Research and Commercialization Building (IRCB) received $4.24 million, adding to the $16 million we received over the past two budget cycles.
This year, the Legislature directed state dollars toward K-12 education, providing an historic increase of nearly $250 per student; the environment, with a $680 million; and Hurricane Michael, with $1.86 billion to assist with recovery.
Overall, higher education did not see the increases we had realized in the past years, but Florida State University did receive an appropriation to blunt the cuts that some of the other universities in Florida did not receive.
The next legislative session is just around the corner, staring in January of 2020.
Thank you for your interest in Legislative Affairs at Florida State University. We look forward to providing you with a complete summary next week of the higher education bills that are pending in the Legislature.
Quick Budget Reference Guide SB 2500
|Included in the base:|
|Boys and Girls State Housing (R)||$100,000|
|College of Law – Scholarships (R)||$846,763|
|Florida Campus Compact (NR)||$514,926|
|Student Veterans Center (R)||$500,000|
|Nationally Ranked Operational Enhancement||$6,800,000|
|47||Student and Other Fees||$238,310,768||147|
|49||Student Financial Assistance||$1,467,667||156|
|48||SUS Performance Based Incentive (proviso)||$560,000,000||147|
|50||Performance Based Funding proviso|
|College of Medicine|
|Student and Other Fees||$13,019,086|
|48||FAMU/FSU College of Engineering||$14,484,361||148|
|6||SUS Capital Improvement Fee Projects||$44,000,000||17|
|7||SUS Lab School – PECO
Proviso: ...shall be distributed among the lab schools based upon full-time equivalent student membership.
|8||Public Broadcasting PECO
WFSU-TV/FM – Replace Technical Equipment at the Satellite Operations Center
|16||Honorably Discharged Graduate Assistance/GAP
Proviso: ... are provided for supplemental need-based veteran educational benefits. Funds shall be used to assist in the payment of living expenses during holiday and semester breaks for active duty and honorably discharged members of the Armed Forces who served on or after September 11, 2001. To ensure students in both public and private institutions have an opportunity to receive funding, allocations to institutions shall be prorated based on the number of total eligible students at eligible institutions.
|26||Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource Ctr. General Revenue – FSU||$450,000 R||101|
|26||Autism/CARD - FSU College of Medicine General Revenue||$1,224,008 R||106|
|31||Communication/Autism Navigator – FSU Col of Medicine||$1,353,292 R||114|
|Statewide Gov. & Cultural Affairs Programming||$497,522|
|Florida Channel Closed Captioning - GR||$390,862|
|Florida Channel Year Round Coverage – GR +proviso||$2,714,588|
|FSU – Public Television||$320,400|
|FSU – Public Radio Stations||$100,000|
|FSU – Satellite Transponder||$800,000|
|Public Radio Stations Recurring Base Appropriations Project||$1,300,000|
Proviso... From the funds provided in Specific Appropriation 121, "Governmental
From the funds provided in Specific Appropriation 121 for the Florida Channel Satellite Transponder Operations, the Florida Channel shall contract for the leasing, management and operation of the state transponder with the same public broadcasting station that produces the Florida Channel.
Proviso ... $560,000,000 is provided for State University System Performance Based Incentives. The funds available for allocation to the universities based on the performance funding model shall consist of the state’s investment of $265,000,000 in performance funding, plus an institutional investment of $295,000,000 consisting of funds to be redistributed from the base funding of the State University System...
Proviso ... the Board of Governors, in consultation with the state universities, shall develop recommendations for future implementation of separate and distinct performance-based funding models with benchmarks and metrics for (1) preeminent universities, (2) emerging preeminent universities, (3) regional universities and (4) mission-specific universities. The model should recognize each university’s continuous improvement and achievement of institutional and national excellence. The Board of Governors shall submit a report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 1, 2019. The implementation of any recommendations shall not occur unless affirmatively enacted by the Legislature.
Proviso: ...the Board of Governors Foundation shall distribute $237,500 to state universities for Johnson Scholarships in accordance with section 1009.75, F.S...
Proviso: From the funds provided in Specific Appropriations 7 and 91, $52,800,000 is provided for the Sparsity Supplement as defined in section 1011.62(7), Florida Statutes, for school districts of 24,000 and fewer FTE in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. FSUS receives a portion of the Sparsity supplement.
|342||Proviso ... may be utilized to promote and enhance collaborative research among State Universities. The Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model located at Florida International University may consult with the private sector and the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center...||$ 969,689||2568|
State Health Insurance Plans and Benefits – Proviso
a. For the coverage period beginning August 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, the state share of the State Group Health Insurance Standard and High Deductible Health Plan premiums to the executive, legislative and judicial branch agencies shall continue at $684.42 per month for individual coverage and $1,473.18
b. For the coverage period, beginning January 1, 2020, the state share of the State Group Health Insurance Standard and High Deductible Health Plan premiums to the executive, legislative and judicial branch agencies shall increase, effective December 1, 2018, from $684.42 to $713.80 per month for individual coverage and from $11,473.18 to $1,539.32 for family coverage.
State Health Insurance Plans and Benefits – Proviso
a. For the coverage period beginning August 1, 2019, the employee share of the health insurance premiums for the standard plans shall continue to be $50 per month for individual coverage and $180 per month for family coverage.
|421||Proviso... Each state agency, at the discretion of the agency head, may expend funds provided in this act for bar dues and for legal education courses for employees who are required to be a member of the Florida Bar as a condition of employment.||Seciton 8|
|424||Proviso... From the unexpended balance of funds appropriated in Specific Appropriation Section 34, Chapter 2017-233, Laws of Florida, for the Florida State University STEM Teaching Lab, $4,233,813 shall revert immediately and is appropriated in the same category to the Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization Building (IRCB) at Florida State University.||Section 10|
Proviso... No funds are appropriated in Specific Appropriations 1 – 161 for the payment of rent, lease or possession of space for offices or any other purpose or use at Northwood Centre, 140 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, pursuant to State of Florida Lease Nos. 720:0139, 480:04570, 480:0644 or 480;M139 or Florida State University Lease No 2011:101, or any other lease, by the Department of Education or any state university, notwithstanding any lease or contract to the contrary. The Department of Education and all state universities are is prohibited from expending any specific appropriation from the General Revenue Fund, any trust fund or from any other source for the rent, lease or possession of any space for offices or other purpose or use at Northwood Centre, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida, pursuant to State of Florida Lease Nos. 720:0139, 480:04570, 480:0644 or 480;M139 or Florida State University Lease No 2011:101, or any other lease.
Note: Page numbers are in correlation with the printed page numbers, there may be some variation from the online page numbers.
The budget may be found at: www.flsenate.gov
R = Recurring
NR = Non-recurring