CARSON CITY — Poof!
Two days after lawmakers cheered an updated revenue projection of $44 million more for the current budget year, bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly to cover shortfalls will gobble it all up.
The biggest chunk is $22 million for the Distributive School Account, a result of an “unanticipated increase” in K-12 student enrollment for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years.
Nevada operates on a two-year budget cycle.
The supplemental school appropriation contained in Senate Bill 522 was one of nine bills introduced Wednesday in the Senate to cover budget shortfalls for the current budget period that ends June 30.
The Nevada Division of Forestry is seeking $7 million for “higher-than-anticipated costs” for fire suppression and emergency response, due to an active fire season and flooding across Northern Nevada this winter.
Nevada Child and Family Services projects a shortfall of more than $340,000, the bulk from Clark County, to cover adoption subsidies.
Other bills seek smaller amounts, but the total Senate bills add up to $30.1 million.
On Tuesday, five supplemental budget bills were introduced in the Assembly.
The biggest are $16.4 million to cover additional expenses due to larger than expected Medicaid caseloads, and $1.3 million for unbudgeted outside medical care for prison inmates.
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Money in, money out
Some of the larger supplemental appropriation bills introduced in Senate and Assembly:
— Senate Bill 522, Distributive School Account, $22 million to cover an “unanticipated increase” in K-12 student enrollment.
— Senate Bill 524 , Division of Forestry, $7 million for “higher than anticipated costs” for fire suppression and emergency response.
— Senate Bill 519, Division of Child and Family Services, $343,000 shortfall in adoption subsidies, mostly in Clark County.
— Senate Bill 525, Department of Public Safety. $34,000 for shortfall in protective services for visiting dignitaries.
— Assembly Bill 494, Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, $16.4 million for larger than expected Medicaid caseload.
— Assembly Bill 493, Department of Corrections, $1.3 million in outside medical care for prison inmates.