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Public Hearings On Budget Scheduled for December 14-16, 2011

by Brenda Peluso

Ann Yandian of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review has sent information out regarding the public hearing schedule and public testimony for the Governor’s Supplemental Budget.  Please see below.  This is your only publicly formalized opportunity to let policy makers know what impact these proposals will have on your programs and your constituents.  Testifying is a perfectly legal and appropriate nonprofit activity and legislators need to hear from you – the experts in the needs of your communities.

Good Afternoon,

The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee will hold public hearings for LR 2678 entitled “An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013” (DHHS Supplemental Budget) beginning on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Friday, December 16, 2011 in Room 228 of the State House. The public hearings schedule is below, attached as a PDF file and can be accessed on the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm.

In addition, the public hearings testimony guidance is below, attached as a PDF and can be accessed on the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/materials/index.htm. (Note: If you plan to testify in person it is important that you read this document so you understand the process.)

By tomorrow, a “crosswalk” between the programs being heard each day and the corresponding page number to the budget will be posted for your use.

The public hearings can be heard over the Internet using the following link: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm.

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Dawson at maureen.dawson@legislature.maine.gov.

Ann

Public Hearing Schedule (pdf)

  • Wednesday, December 14, Starting at 9:00 AM

    Programs, initiatives and language related to: elder services, developmental disabilities, and children’s mental health services, Child Medicaid, optional Medicaid coverage to families, state-funded foster care/adoption assistance and consumer directed attendant services.  Also included would be the portions of the PNMI and Targeted Case Management cuts affecting these areas.  

  • Thursday, December 15, Starting at 8:30AM

    Programs, initiatives and language related to: adult mental health, substance abuse, Targeted Case Management services to homeless persons and those with HIV, optional Medicaid coverage for certain 19 and 20 year olds and the Childless Adult Waiver program.  Also included would be the portions of the PNMI and Targeted Case Management cuts affecting those areas not specifically mentioned.

  • Friday, December 16, Starting at 8:30 AM

    Programs, initiatives and language related to: the Fund for a Healthy Maine, Optional Medicaid services not previously heard, hospital and outpatient reimbursements, departmentwide initiatives, appropriations for FMAP reductions (collectively), funding for increases in “cycle payments” (collectively) and interfund transfers.

Instructions & Tips for Providing Comments (pdf)

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