Bill

SB 500

86(R) - 2019
Senate Finance
Senate Finance

Contact the Author

Jane Nelson

Phone:

512-463-0112

Capitol Office:

1E.5

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Jane Nelson

Co-Author(s)

Lois Kolkhorst

Sponsor(s)

John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction, including direction regarding reimbursement, and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB500, Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($2,522,325,212) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

Bill Analysis

SB 500 makes a supplemental appropriation to fund unfunded state obligations from the prior biennium. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The purpose of a supplemental appropriation is to pay for unfunded obligations from the fiscal biennium which is about to end. Some supplemental appropriations are understandable, such as those which cover unforeseen costs such as natural disasters. The majority of the appropriation covers underfunded entitlement spending which can be difficult to project and accurately appropriate for two years in advance.

On the other hand, supplemental appropriations can undermine the constitutional mandate to certify a balanced budget. Because supplemental appropriations do not count against the spending cap they diminish transparency and accountability within state budgeting, especially with respect to certifying a balanced budget. 

At the time of publication we remain neutral on this supplemental but urge the legislature to make a concerted effort this session to budget in a way that makes next session's supplemental appropriation as small as possible.

Contact the Author

Jane Nelson

Phone:

512-463-0112

Capitol Office:

1E.5

Email: