The legislation is based on recommendations of the state House Working Group on Adoption, which met most of last year.
“We owe it to all these children, the parents, and the families across the state to start reforming a system in desperate need,” Meade told his colleagues.
And Kentucky Wired – the state’s open-access broadband network now under construction through a public/private partnership – would receive no state General Fund appropriations but would receive over million in non-governmental expense (NGE) spending authority over the biennium to continue work that project.
Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Christian Mc Daniel, R-Taylor Mill, said HB 200 would provide a structurally balanced budget for the first time in more than two decades.
The rate is currently set by pharmacy-benefit managers (PBMs) hired by the state’s Medicaid managed-care organizations (MCOs).
While the budget still includes 6.25 percent baseline cuts for most state agencies as recommended by the governor, a few agencies—including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Kentucky State Police, and local school-based Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, or FRYSCs—will have their funding restored.
The FRYSCs alone will receive an additional .1 million in state dollars this fiscal year and .7 million in each of the next two fiscal years to restore their proposed cuts.
And frankly, in many ways, an exceptional amount of courage.” Also on its way to the governor is House Joint Resolution 74, which contains projects in the last four years, or “out years,” of the state’s six-year Road Plan.
Projects in the out years of the plan are prioritized but not yet funded.