FY 2016 Appropriation
Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $5,130,500 from all sources for General Assistance. This is a 5.6 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $4,880,500 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 0.4 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time General Assistance Program Changes$250,000$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$250,000$0Dedicated Credits Revenue
This bill provides that a refund that offsets a benefit provided to a recipient of General Assistance shall be retained by the division and may be used by the division to provide General Assistance to other recipients, unless the refund is required to be credited to the federal government.
Transfer of Nonlapsing Balance from General Assistance to Pamela Atkinson Fund - Out$0 ($647,600)
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
$0 ($647,600)Beginning Nonlapsing
Notwithstanding intent language passed in Item 11, Chapter 13 Laws of Utah 2014 (see http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0008.html), for the Department of Workforce Services I propose transferring $647,600 beginning nonlapsing from the General Assistance line item to the General Fund Restricted - Pamela Atkinson Homeless Account in FY 2015 for use in FY 2016 and reduce the building block entitled "Case Managers for Chronically Homeless" (see #19 at http://le.utah.gov/interim/2015/pdf/00001655.pdf) by the same amount (reduce by $647,600 to $352,400).
Staff Analysis

For the most recent completed fiscal year, the following information represents the purposes for which the money was used:

General Assistance Detailed Purposes

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 85

Notwithstanding intent language passed in Item 11, Chapter 13 Laws of Utah 2014 for the Department of Workforce Servicesí General Assistance line item, the Legislature authorizes transferring $647,600 beginning nonlapsing balances from the General Assistance line item to the General Fund Restricted - Pamela Atkinson Homeless Account.


SB0007S01: Item 21

The Legislature intends that the Department of Workforce Services report on the following performance measures for the General Assistance line item: (1) Positive closure rate (SSI achievement or closed with earnings) (Target = 45%), (2) General Assistance customers served (Target = 835), and (3) Internal review compliance accuracy (Target = 80%) by January 1, 2016 to the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.


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