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As the Governor and General Assembly have not agreed on a budget, the Governor has released July allotments for state expenditures. It is important to note that while some line items, including important health care services, have been zeroed out, that does not mean they will be cut in the new fiscal year budget. Our sample of health care line items that have a zero allotment did not have any expenditures in July of last year – the expenditures were paid in later months. We understand that this is meant to be a maintenance budget; OPM asked state agencies what bills they need to pay in July. We also understand that the state met or exceeded the target number of employees taking early retirement, so that projected savings should be secure.
Budget negotiations are continuing.
Ellen Andrews