Monday, August 4, 2014

Summary of Other Budget Provisions

Part 4 of 4 on the 2014-15 Budget


·         Eliminates all misdemeanants from state prison.
·         Prison Changes:   Closes Fountain and North Piedmont Correctional Centers for Women and converts Eastern Correctional into a Women’s Minimum Custody facility.
·         Moves the SBI and Crime Lab into the Department of Public Safety.
·         Reduces administrative funding to IDS by $466k.  This will result in the loss of positions at IDS, including positions supporting juvenile defenders.
·         Abolishes 4 special superior court judge positions and establishes 2 new business court judgeships.
·         Allow a 3 judge panel to rule on the constitutionality of acts of the General Assembly.

·         Eugenics Program Amendments: Modifies the payment timeline for claims to provide for an upfront payment this fall and a final payment after all appeals have been exhausted. It also adds that all missing claim information must be postmarked to, or received by, the Office by September 23, 2014, in order to be considered.

·                     The Earned Income Tax Credit sunset was not extended.

·                     $10 mil to create a loan program that will assist in the the development of low-income housing statewide through the Housing Finance Agency.

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