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News Date: Thursday, August 3, 2023

On August 3, Gov. Shapiro signed the general appropriations bill containing spending amounts for the FY 2023-2024 budget
On August 3, the Senate convened in session to allow Lt. Governor Austin Davis to sign HB 611, the FY 2023-2024 state appropriations bill. This was the last procedural step needed in the legislative process to send the bill to the Governor’s desk. Governor Shapiro subsequently signed the state budget into law, with the exception of a line item veto of $100 million allocated for PASS scholarships (otherwise known as school vouchers) as expected.

However, the General Assembly and Governor have not completed work on what are known as the Code bills, those pieces of legislation that provide authorizing language for how certain funding in the budget is to be used. Because of that, a memo from Budget Secretary Uri Monson indicated that absent that legislative language, he will not be releasing funding for certain programs, including the $100 million in federal ARP dollars that was repurposed from adult mental health to school mental health, as well as the $7.5 million in new funding for indigent defense. It is expected those funds will be released once the Code bills are completed, likely not until this fall.

It is our understanding that funding to counties that is normally appropriated by the state, including funds for human services such as mental health, substance abuse programs, the Human Services Development Fund, homeless assistance, child welfare and so forth, is not part of this sequester list. We are working to determine when those funds will be released by the state. In the meantime, you can see additional details regarding the funding allocated in HB 611 in CCAP’s County Budget Analysis.

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