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Douglas Administration announces cuts

first_imgSecretary Lunderville’s Letter to Legislative leaders over the failure to reach agreement on state budget cuts.Secretary Lunderville’s LetterGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2General Fund Rescission Plan #2 NarrativeSEE ALSO BELOWkeep:AFDETA FY 2009 – resc #2 by Dept – web versionFY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS BY DEPARTMENTGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2 12/15/08 CommentsSecretary of administration (62,123)Information and innovation (30,946)Finance and management (71,686)Libraries (29,939)Tax (65,000)Buildings and general services (33,368)Executive office (71,500)Legislative council (30,000)Legislature (180,000)Legislative information technology (5,000)Joint fiscal committee (10,000)Auditor of accounts (39,362)State treasurer (67,000)State labor relations board (16,498)VOSHA review board (2,003)Municipal tax – homeowner rebate (1,100,000)Attorney general (346,179)Vermont court diversion (45,794)Judiciary pendingMilitary (290,692)Criminal justice training council (35,146)Agriculture, food and markets (328,750)Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration (23,408)Secretary of state (132,444)Human rights commission (23,437)AHS – secretary’s office (60,000)Secretary’s office – Global Commitment (5,344,498)Office of Vermont health access (193,124)Health (155,000) further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Mental Health 0 further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Department for children and families (2,602,000)further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Disabilities, aging and independent living 0 further reductions in Global Commitment (see box)Corrections (296,514)Labor (98,427)Education department (691,870)University of Vermont (1,530,853)Vermont public television (49,097)Vermont state colleges (992,431)Vermont interactive television (66,880)Vermont student assistance corporation (766,151)ANR – central office (197,471)Fish and wildlife (393,835)Forests, parks and recreation (441,440)Environmental conservation (854,979)Natural resources board (73,366)STATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2GF reduction portion of GlobalCommitment flows through todepartments as follows:VDOH $ 585,970DMH $2,296,229DCF $ 276,420DAIL $2,185,879Total $5,344,498keep:AFDETA FY 2009 – resc #2 by Dept – web versionFY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS BY DEPARTMENTGeneral Fund RescissionPlan #2 12/15/08 CommentsSTATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2ACCD – administration (130,000)Housing and community affairs (30,000)Economic development (295,544)Tourism and marketing (180,700)Vermont council on the arts (23,919)Vermont symphony orchestra (5,363)Vermont historical society (36,313)Vermont humanities council (8,136)5% salary reduction for executive branch exempt employeeswhose annual salaries are above $60,000. (225,251)Sub-Total GF Rescission Plan #2 (18,783,437)Other fund transfers and reversions to benefit the GFFrom Prop Transfer Tax – additional 8% redux in RegionalPlanning grants ($228,872) and 50% redux in MunicipalPlanning grants ($408,700) (637,572)From Next Generation Fund (278,000)Grand Total Rescission Plan #2 (19,699,009)STATE OF VERMONT – FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 – IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 1 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 – IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.001.Secretary of administration – secretary’s officeThe Secretary’s office will reduce spending authority for Regional Marketing Plan grants by $50,000 and exhaust the vacancy savings associated with the personnel change in the Secretary of Administration position. Current year RMP obligations will be fulfilled through prior year unallocated balances that will be reverted in the budget adjustment act and given back to the program. This mitigates any negative program effects for the current fiscal year but eliminates the use of prior year funds for recipient proposals.Sec. 2.002.Information and innovation – communications and information technologyThe Department of Information and Innovation is reducing General Fund spending in its Telecommunications Broadband program by $8,709. Reductions will be made to travel and other operating expenses to meet the rescission target. The proposed cuts should not have a significant impact on the program.Sec. 2.003.Information and innovation – Vermont information technology leaders (VITL)The Department of Information and Innovation is proposing a $22,237 General Fund reduction in the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) appropriation. This should have minimal effect since there are other funding sources available.Sec. 2.004.Finance and management – budget and managementBudget and Management will receive no appropriation reduction. Surplus cash from the VISION internal service fund will be directly applied to the General Fund to cover its allocation. This cash transfer will mitigate any negative program effects for this division.Sec. 2.009.LibrariesSavings will be achieved through: terminating the software maintenance contract with Symquest; moving Library board meetings from bimonthly to quarterly; implementing a new photocopier contract; reducing periodical subscriptions, postage & printing and reducing phone & property maintenance expenditures. These reductions increase the departments risk that operations will be less efficient if their computer system experiences any problems, and there will be fewer periodical collections available.Sec. 2.010.TaxSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings, and there should be minimal impact to the departments operations.Sec. 2.012.Buildings and general services – engineeringBGS will charge payroll expenses associated with capital projects to capital funds. This mitigates any negative impacts to the division but leaves less capital money for materials purchases. It forces the department to more strictly prioritize capital expenditures.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 2 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.013.Buildings and general services – information centersBGS will close three rest areas on Rte.89 (Highgate, Sharon-South, and Randolph-North) and one rest area on Rte. 91 (Hartford-North) on February 01, 2009. There will be minimal impact on the traveling public because of proximity to exits with full services available.Sec. 2.026.Executive office governors officeOne position will be eliminated ($21,000), vacancy savings will be increased ($47,000), and equipment purchases will be reduced ($3,500). Impact will be managed by reallocating workload.Sec. 2.028.Legislative councilSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings.Sec. 2.029.LegislatureSavings will be achieved by reducing operating expenses and personal service contracts.Sec. 2.030.Legislative information technologySavings will be achieved by reducing operating expenses.Sec. 2.031.Joint fiscal committeeSavings will be achieved through vacancy savings.Sec. 2.034.Auditor of accountsThe auditors office is planning to fund the $39,362 reduction from reduced expenditures from their internal service fund due to unanticipated savings in personal service contracts.Sec. 2.035.State treasurerAchieving these savings will require the elimination of three staff positions, based on allocation of costs to the General Fund and the time remaining in the fiscal year. The Treasurers Office plans to re-align its office structure although there will be impacts on response time to state agencies, vendors, and external customers.Sec. 2.039.State labor relations boardThe Board is using its carryforward from FY 2008 to cover the FY 2009 rescission. In addition, they have found savings such as reducing postage costs by 26% and printing costs by 56% through more use of electronic media, and insuring training costs are fully covered by participant fees for training programs.Sec. 2.040.VOSHA review boardVOSHAs $2,003 General Fund reduction results in a loss of another $2,003 in Federal Funds due to match requirements. VOSHA can backfill the reduction with carryforward for the remainder of FY 2009.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 3 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.041.Homeowner RebateThe projected program surplus will be returned to the General Fund.Sec. 2.101.Attorney generalThe Attorney Generals Office is using the balance left over from the amount of Special Funds set aside for the renovations to its office space to cover the General Fund rescission.Sec. 2.102.Vermont court diversionCourt Diversion has earned interest in the Court Diversion Special Fund; this will be used to cover this rescission amount.Sec. 2.105.JudiciaryReductions pending notification from Judiciary.Sec. 2.116.Military – administrationThe Military will reduce base budget for office supplies and travel, and will use FY 2008 General Fund carryforward.Sec. 2.117.Military – air service contractActivation of the 24/7 Alert Mission will save $100,000 in General Funds during FY 2009 due to an increase in Federal Funds participation in this program.Sec. 2.119.Military – building maintenanceThe Military has requested a replacement of $50,000 in General Funds with Federal Funds to cover utilities expenses.Sec. 2.120.Military – veterans’ affairsAn office management position with responsibility for the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph will be held vacant until the end of FY 2009 and other General Fund cemetery-related expenses will be paid for from the Special Fund/Cemetery receipts.Sec. 2.122.Criminal justice training councilThe Council will reduce contract expenses for health/stress management instruction and will look for in-house expertise to cover this block of instruction; eliminate a field training officer course by utilizing an in-state cadre of instructors; delay the train-the-trainer course; and reduce operating expenses.Sec. 2.123.Agriculture, food and markets – administrationAgriculture Administrations rescission will be accomplished through a reduction in personal services which will have some impact on services.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 4 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.124.Agriculture, food and markets – food safety and consumer protectionThis portion of the Agriculture rescission will be achieved through a reduction in personal services. The impact will be minimized by a redistribution of the workload in this division.Sec. 2.125.Agriculture, food and markets – agricultural developmentAgriculture Development will reduce personal service contracts by $30,000 and Organic Transition funding by $10,000. This will have a minor impact on services.Sec. 2.126.Agriculture, food and markets – laboratories, agricultural resource management and environmental stewardshipThis division will reduce Nutrient Management Planning Implementation grants by $148,800 and Basin Planning grants to the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts by $25,000. The division will reduce personal services to achieve the remainder of the savings. There will be an impact on services.Sec. 2.134.Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration – health care administrationBISCHA will reduce operating expenses by $23,408 which will have a minimal impact on the delivery of services.Sec. 2.135.Secretary of stateThe Secretary of State will achieve these savings by delaying projects related to the implementation of the Vermont State Archives and Records program. This could result in the elimination of positions and will reduce the level of support to other departments within state government.Sec. 2.141.Human rights commissionReductions will be made by reducing staff hours, and reducing legal and consultant contracts, food, books and periodicals. Carryforward balances will be used to offset these reductions. Any reduction in staff hours will slow the pace of pending and future investigations and will reduce the level of services to Vermont citizens.Sec. 2.201.Agency of human services – secretary’s officeVermont Legal Aid:This rescission represents only the grant from AHS to Vermont Legal Aid and is not their entire funding base. The reduction will result in less staff time at Vermont Legal Aid, resulting in further prioritization of cases.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 5 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.202.Secretary’s office – Global CommitmentThe Global Commitment (GC) appropriation in the Secretarys office is being reduced by $5,344,498. However, the reductions flow through to other departments within the Agency; see the impact statements shown below by department.Sec. 2.206.Office of Vermont health access – administrationEliminate chiropractic coverage:Chiropractic coverage is optional under federal rules; however, the Legislature required OVHA to reinstitute reimbursement for chiropractic coverage in SFY 09. Chiropractic coverage is mandated for private health insurers in the state, and the recent legislative change put state Medicaid policies on the same footing. When the state mandate is removed, Medicaid participants would receive essential services from their primary care physician.Sec. 2.211.Health – administration and supportTele-psychiatry Pilot ProgramThis would eliminate a new program supported by a one time appropriation intended for children’s mental health services in Federally Qualified Health Centers. This initiative included a commitment by the UVM College of Medicine to use this program to enhance clinical training for child psychiatry residents and improve access to care for children and adolescents living in rural areas of Vermont.Sec. 2.216.Health – public healthImmunization Program for AdultsThis $4 million program is in its second year and was instituted as part of the Health Care Reform Act of 2007. A reduction of $1,000,000 will be absorbed by eliminating HPV vaccine for women over 18. This will preserve access to HPV vaccines for children under 18, and to adult vaccines of greatest importance to the public’s health, PPV 23, TDaP, and Hep A and B.Blueprint ProjectSavings will be realized by reductions in personal service contracts, IT and publications.” Personal Services contracts ($45,000 GC) This line item was intended for a contactor to evaluate health statistics.” IT ($31,500 GC) – Actual grant awards to communities to enhance their IT systems were lower than the budgeted amount.” Publications/Printing ($30,000 GC) The original line item was $40,000. This line item is being reduced with the expectation that there will not be any large print jobs in FY 2009.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 6 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.217.Health – alcohol and drug abuse programsStudent Assistance ProgramFunding will be eliminated to 5 schools out of a total of 101 schools budgeted in FY 2009. Grants have not yet been processed; award letters have gone out, but grant execution is not complete.Outpatient Treatment SavingsSavings are based upon FY 2009 Year-To-Date underutilization trends for outpatient grant services delivered by ADAPs Preferred Providers.Sec. 2.219.Mental health – mental healthDesignated Agency NetworkThe Department of Mental Health is proposing a 4% reduction in the current allocation to the Designated Agency Network, which will result in an 8% reduction in funding for the second half of FY 2009. This will have an impact on the delivery of mental health services. The Department has agreed to work with the Designated Agency providers to minimize the impact on the delivery of services to consumers by allowing the providers flexibility, subject to approval, on how they implement these reductions.Second Spring RecoupmentThe Residential Recovery program in Williamstown, Second Spring, had lower census in FY 2008 than budgeted in addition to vacancies in professional staff. The resulting un-needed revenue will be recouped in FY 2009. This is a one-time savings as the program has now developed to a near capacity population and will likely use all funds in this year.Adult and CRT Caseload Reduction; Projected Underutilization in Adult Services;Waiver /PNMI; and Child Residential Length of StayCurrently, the program trends are showing underutilization of services. The amounts contained in this rescission represent the savings related to the underutilization. The rescission also includes a $100,000 reduction for length-of-stay (LOS) which falls in line with current practice.Sec. 2.221.Department for children and families – administration & support servicesReduction of Operating Expenses Across the Board – To achieve the $150,000 reduction the Department will reduce expenditures in travel, supplies, and other discretionary categories.Sec. 2.222.Department for children and families – family servicesReduce Substitute Care Budget – The number of children in substitute care has decreased in the past two years, both as a result of demographics and as a result of significant practice changes. This reduction is reflective of the current trend line.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 7 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.223.Department for children and families – child developmentChild Development Grants and Contracts – These reductions of $100,000 include public outreach grants regarding child care, funding for peer support networks for child care providers, and several other small grants connected to playgroups.Non-implementation of the Child Care Fee Scale Eligibility Change – The Legislature added $852,000 to the FY 2009 budget to fund a January adjustment to the child care subsidy eligibility guidelines, moving the criteria from the Federal FY 1999 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to the Federal FY 2000 FPL. There has been pressure from the federal government to update these criteria. This was intended to be an incremental adjustment scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2009. This adjustment will be delayed.Building Bright Futures District Directors – This will eliminate the 12 district directors by March 1, 2009. This will curtail efforts to create a unified system of care, education, and health care for Vermonts youngest citizens.Sec. 2.228.Department for children and families – reach upReach Up Grants and Support Services – Phase IReduction of $400,000 in Support Services – Each Reach Up case manager has available a pool of dollars to assist people in addressing specific barriers to employment. In Vermont, transportation is the largest barrier and consumes much of the Support Services line item. This reduction would reduce the amount of support services per client on average to $175 from $200.Reduction of $200,000 in Grants – These grants were part of the new funds allocated a couple of years ago following the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act, but they were never spent because of caseload overages. Because of the continued budget shortfall, we have not committed these dollarsReductions in Reach Up Support Services – Phase II – $300,000While the TANF caseload is up as a whole, the post secondary population is trending downward; therefore less funding is needed.Sec. 2.230.Department for children and families – office of economic opportunityIndividual Development Accounts and Micro Business Grants The Department is suspending any additional commitments to these programs; the uncommitted funds available for rescission are estimated to be $150,000.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 8 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.239.Disabilities, aging and independent living – developmental servicesDesignated Agency NetworkThe Department is proposing a 4% reduction in the current allocation to the Designated Agency Network, which will result in an 8% reduction in funding for the second half of FY 2009. This will have an impact on the delivery of developmental services. The Department has agreed to work with the Designated Agency providers to minimize the impact on the delivery of services to consumers by allowing the providers flexibility, subject to approval, on how they implement these reductions.Sec. 2.244.Corrections- correctional servicesThe 48 bed increase at Northern State Correctional Facility, and the accompanying reduction in out of state bed use (Sec. 2.245) will have a net savings of $177,845. The consolidation of smaller district probation and parole field offices includes the elimination of two anticipated vacant positions. There should be minor impact on services.Sec. 2.245.Corrections – correctional services- out-of state-bedsSee explanation above (Sec.2.244).Sec. 2.302.Labor – programs$20,000 of General Fund savings is due to vacancy turnover and operating efficiencies within the Wage & Hour program. There are no negative program impacts from these savings.$8,000 of General Fund savings will be distributed as modest grant reductions to each of the 12 Workforce Investment Boards. The WIBs will mitigate any negative impacts through the use of prior year unobligated cash balances.$70,427 will come from decreasing the number of Workforce Employment & Training grants. This will result in approximately 100 less people receiving services. Businesses are reluctant to train new employees given the current economic environment hence most of the WET Funds are not being used or are being returned by employers.Sec. 2.305.Education – finance and administrationThe department will reduce miscellaneous operating expenses by $12,439 and manage to the money by reducing employee meetings, travel and supplies, etc.Sec. 2.306.Education – education servicesThe department will reduce miscellaneous operating expenses and manage to the money by reducing employee meetings, travel and supplies, etc. Administrative savings will come from internalizing the Teacher Quality Initiative within the department and adding Maine to the multi-state NECAP agreement. Furthermore, the department will receive a refund from the NECAP program due to increased economies in the testing program. Further General Fund savings will come from shifting payroll costs onto various Special Funds &STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 9 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Federal Funds and the residual vacancy savings associated with the Commissioner position. Early Education Initiative grants will be reduced 3.8% statewide leading to an approximate $1,151 reduction per service provider. The grants for students competing in national competitions will be eliminated. The remaining funding will come from a cash transfer from the Conference Fee Special Fund.Sec. 2.309.Education – adult education and literacyThe $102,229 reduction will come from a decrease in statewide activities such as program marketing. Administrative and local Adult Education & Literacy positions may be reduced resulting in a loss of capacity to serve students. This would cause the program to develop or extend waiting lists for services.Sec. 2.321.University of Vermont50% of the Universitys General Fund reduction will be distributed across academic and administrative units, 25% will be allocated to the medical school and 25% will be allocated to the Extension program & Agriculture Related Services. These entities will be required to manage to the reductions via reduced operating expenses, prior year surpluses, vacancy savings, etc. A portion of the 50% reduction will come from student financial aid but that amount will be minimized to the greatest extent possible.Sec. 2.322.University of Vermont- Morgan Horse FarmThe University has requested that this appropriation be eliminated. The Morgan Horse Farm can easily absorb this reduction given a recent private donation for over $1 million.Sec. 2.323.Vermont public televisionThe hiring freeze from the last rescission will include the previously exempted grant writer position. This will negatively impact VPTs revenues. New episodes of local based programming will be frozen and fewer live-on-location broadcasts will be feasible. This may lead to a reduction in viewers as programming becomes stale. As VPT loses its viewer base it simultaneously loses its fundraising base thereby putting future revenues from such activities at risk. Overtime will be restricted to technical emergencies and travel expenditures will be reduced.Sec. 2.324.Vermont state collegesThe General Fund reduction will be spread across the five colleges and the Chancellors office with savings based upon each entitys institutional priorities. In general, VSC will look to eliminate the renewal of temporary employment contracts, hold open unfilled positions, reallocate workloads, reduce reserves, use prior year unobligated surpluses, defer or cancel purchases, place a moratorium on all travel, and reduce energy costs.Sec. 2.325Vermont state colleges – allied healthIn general, VSC will look to eliminate the renewal of temporary employment contracts, hold open unfilled positions, reallocate workloads, reduce reserves, use prior year unobligated surpluses, defer or cancel purchases, place a moratorium on all travel and reduce energy costs.STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 10 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08Sec. 2.326.Vermont interactive televisionVIT will reduce part-time staff by 33%, equipment repair by 5% and increase its sales revenue by 5% in order to absorb the rescission reduction. This increases the risk that services will be negatively impacted should equipment malfunctions occur or staff is unavailable during demanded hours. Increasing sales revenue will be difficult given the risk that services may not be available.Sec. 2.327.Vermont student assistance corporationThis rescission will result in approximately 9,000 Vermont students receiving less in second semester VSAC incentive grants than they were originally awarded. Revised award letters will be issued to the grant recipients and affected students will have a payable balance at their school equal to the grant reduction.Sec. 2.401.Agency of natural resources – administrationANRs Central Office will reduce four positions and hold another vacant ($125,000). A contract with UVM to evaluate opportunities for carbon offsets will be reduced ($60,471); research to date has not shown strong prospects for carbon offsets.Sec. 2.402.Connecticut river watershed advisory commissionANR will reduce the grant to the Connecticut River Joint Commissions to the FY 2007 level (a reduction of $12,000). The grantee should seek an alternate grant from the Fish and Wildlife watershed grant program.Sec. 2.406.Fish and wildlife – support and field servicesThe Department will make the following reductions: contracts for land management assistance ($25,500); wildlife temporary employees doing data collection and assistance to private landowners ($34,890); one-time infrastructure maintenance delay in hatcheries ($26,800); one-time delay upgrading fish sampling equipment ($23,200); law enforcement vehicle purchases ($75,000); warden overtime ($30,745); travel ($40,000); maintain two vacant warden positions ($124,310); adjustment to fuel cost at hatcheries ($10,390); and printing ($3,000).Sec. 2.408.Forests, parks and recreation – administrationThe Department is returning a fleet vehicle expected to generate savings of $3,259.Sec. 2.409.Forests, parks and recreation – forestryRescission amount includes the elimination of the recognition dinner at the annual fire warden meetings ($10,000). A Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Service will provide $5,000 for a Fuel Use Survey. Forestry will leverage F&W Federal Funds by performing work requested by F&W ($80,000).Sec. 2.410.Forests, parks and recreation – state parksParks will reduce seasonal maintenance employees ($16,667), advertising work will be brought in-house ($10,000), specific known timber sales revenue will be used ($150,000),STATE OF VERMONT FY 2009 RESCISSION PLAN #2 IMPACT NARRATIVEReleased 12/15/08Department of Finance & Management Page 11 of 12WORD:keep:FY 2009 rescission plan #2 IMPACTS – Final 12-15-08parks rules-based fees will be increased to compensate for inflation ($75,000), and one-time funds will be used ($35,000).Sec. 2.411.Forests, parks and recreation – lands administrationMileage on fleet vehicle will be reduced ($500). The survey section will access one-time alternative sources for reimbursement, and tap federal legacy project funding ($20,000).Sec. 2.413.Forests, parks and recreation – forest highway maintenanceParks Forest Highway work will be deferred ($36,014).Sec. 2.414.Environmental conservation – management and support servicesThe Department will eliminate four filled positions ($54,369); this will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met.Sec. 2.415.Environmental conservation – air and waste managementThe Department will eliminate two vacant positions ($55,671); this will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met.Sec. 2.416.Environmental conservation – office of water programsThe Department will eliminate six vacant positions ($334,596) and filled positions will be reduced by one ($3,343). This will require reprioritization and realignment of duties, but core program needs will continue to be met. A reduction to general operating expenses ($20,000) and a reduction in pass-through agreements will also be made ($57,000).ANR – DECCarryforward from a one-time appropriation to develop electronic permitting capacity (2007Act 65 Sec. 274(a)(1)(B)) will be reduced by $330,000. This system has achieved some of its core goals and deferral of continuing this work has less impact than other possible reductions within the agency.Sec. 2.418.Natural resources boardThe Natural Resources Board will relast_img read more

Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 5 pickups

first_imgWeek 4 was incredibly frustrating from a fantasy football perspective. In the early games, there were a bunch of no-name players scoring touchdowns, the Browns surprised the Ravens on the road, Patrick Mahomes didn’t record a single touchdown, the Patriots’ defense carried them to victory once again, and the Atlanta Falcons continue to disappoint. Week 4 was definitely an unfortunate series of games with a few takeaways for the your waiver wire and FAAB pickups, including some guys you may need to rush back out to get before Week 5 that you may have dropped.The following players are the hottest additions heading into Week 5. DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass!Fantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackJacoby Brissett IND; FAAB Bid: 5%: There are some possible quarterback streams this week — Kirk Cousins (@ Giants) and Andy Dalton (@ Cardinals) in particular – but Brissett might be a good matchup play this week who turns into a hold going forward. He’s thrown for at least two touchdowns in every game this season, and he’s done some of that with T.Y. Hilton dinged up. When he has his full complement of receivers, the Indy passing game should function pretty well all season, and a potential shootout with Kansas City awaits in Week 5.WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 5 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWFantasy Football FAAB targets: RBRonald Jones II TB; FAAB Bid: 20%: Both Jones and Peyton Barber found the end zone in a shootout with the Rams on Sunday, but Jones led the team in carries with 19 compared to Barber’s nine. Jones has more than 200 all-purpose yards on 35 touches over his past two games, and he’s played a role in the awakening of the Tampa Bay offense. Believe it or not he actually has three games with at least 70 rushing yards so far, which you’ll take from a guy available on waivers. He only has one touchdown through four games, but more should come. A big concern for Jones and Winston is that Tampa’s travel schedule is absolutely brutal the next few weeks, as they travel back from Los Angeles, then go to New Orleans, Tennessee, Seattle, and London. The NFL subjecting a team to that kind of schedule is completely asinine.Jordan Howard PHI; FAAB Bid: 15%: This recommendation is coming largely because of his big game Thursday night against the Packers. He finished with 87 yards rushing and three touchdowns, giving him four in his past two contests. He’s gradually seen more carries as the games have progressed, so hopefully this is a sign that Howard is becoming the lead back in Philadelphia. Miles Sanders has still seen double-digit touches in each game, but he hasn’t done much with them (including scoring). This situation is fluid, but things are heading in the right direction for Howard. (Note: He’s owned in 56 percent of Yahoo leagues.)WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsFantasy Football FAAB targets: WRJamison Crowder NYJ; FAAB Bid: 12-15%: Crowder’s stock took an immediate hit once Sam Darnold started missing games. Don’t forget that Crowder saw a whopping 17 targets in Week 1, and then Darnold got mono and ruined my mojo. Crowder has struggled with the subpar quarterbacks the Jets have started the last couple games, but hopefully Darnold is a full go next week. It would be great for his fantasy prospects just to see him get back to eight or nine targets each game with a promising young quarterback throwing him the ball.Geronimo Allison GB; FAAB Bid: 10-12%: Allison is a pretty interesting waiver addition if Davante Adams has to miss any time with his turf toe injury. The Packers don’t believe the injury is serious, but both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allison proved to be pretty valuable once Adams left last Thursday’s game. The Packers offense hasn’t been as explosive as we’ve seen in previous years, but last Thursday’s game just might be a push in the right direction for this team.WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerGolden Tate NYG; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: He was mentioned last week, and he’s coming off his suspension so he’s ripe for the taking. Daniel Jones has developed some solid chemistry with Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, but there’s an opportunity for Tate  to get a good amount of targets, as well. He was a pretty big free agency acquisition for the Giants, so they’d obviously like to get their money’s worth out of Tate, and another weapon at Jones’ disposal can’t hurt. The Giants have some tough games coming up against the Vikings and Patriots, so he’s a bit risky to play right away, but he’ll likely pay off over the long term.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endA.J. Brown TEN; FAAB Bid: 4-5%: Brown doesn’t get many targets. He has just 17 through four games. However, he had a very big game on Sunday against Atlanta, turning two of his three targets into touchdowns. Hopefully this chemistry-building exercise with Marcus Mariota blossoms into some more looks. He has some nice big-play potential with 10 catches for 223 yards through four games. His teammate, Corey Davis, is available in shallower leagues, and if you want him you’ll have to spend some more money. But Davis only has 18 targets through four games and just one touchdown. We’ve seen his upside and it’s solid, but he and Marcus Mariota can just never string it together consistently.Mohamed Sanu ATL; FAAB Bid: 2-4%: In a surprising development, Sanu actually led the Falcons in targets this past Sunday. Matt Ryan looked his way a dozen times, and Sanu turned it into nine catches for 91 yards. He hasn’t scored yet, but through four games he now has 24 catches on 31 targets for 239 yards. He’s seeing enough work to warrant consideration as a deeper league flex play in PPR leagues, and hopefully he finds the end zone sooner rather than later.MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builderFantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndBenjamin Watson NE; FAAB Bid: 6-7%: Players returning from suspension is quite the theme this week. Watson, like Tate, is available to play now. Tom Brady certainly is missing a big body target to get the ball to in the red zone since Rob Gronkowski retired. Watson will be a breath of fresh air, since things haven’t gone well with Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. Watson turns 39 in December, but there’s a need for a big target in this offense to help move the chains.Jason Witten DAL; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: It’s not a great week when you’re looking to add Witten off of waivers. He has at least three receptions in each game this year. He scored a touchdown in each of his first two games and then had 54 receiving yards last week. He’s not a great option, but he’s serviceable in deeper leagues. He does have a tougher game next week against the Packers, but he should still get his typical workload, which can provide for a decent floor.Tyler Eifert CIN; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: This is if you’re looking to get a jump on the Cardinals’ next opposing tight end. The Cardinals once again failed to defend an opposing team’s tight end well, as Will Dissly finished Sunday’s game with seven catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. They’ve now given up a touchdown to a tight end every week. Life now has three guarantees: Death, taxes, and the Cardinals sucking wind against tight ends.DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass!Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STUnfortunately the Dolphins are on bye next week, so they cannot be picked on. We’ll get through this together, though. There are still a few good streaming options next week, but they aren’t particularly overwhelming. Tennessee Titans: The Titans host the Bills next week, and Josh Allen’s status for the game is currently up in the air. Allen left last week’s game against the Patriots with a potential concussion, so he might not even play in Week 5, which means Matt Barkley might get the spot start in a tough road game against Tennessee. The opening line has the over/under at 38.5, the Titans have allowed just 62 points through four games, and they just held the Falcons to 10 points and 58 rushing yards while sacking Matt Ryan five times. They shouldn’t have any trouble next week if the Bills are without Josh Allen  .San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers host the Cleveland Browns on Monday night, and they’ll be fresh off their bye week. After three games, the 49ers ranked second in defensive DVOA according to Football Outsiders with nine sacks and seven forced turnovers. The Browns hit their stride this past week against the Ravens, but let’s see how they fare in another prime-time game. Their last two offensive performances on national television didn’t go well, and it doesn’t appear as if enough people realize the 49ers have the makings of a solid defense.Cleveland Browns: Oh, hey, look at that — the 49ers opponent made the list too. It’s not so much hedging against the 49ers as it is recommending a good D/ST. Myles Garrett alone has six sacks on the season, and the Browns defense just held the Baltimore Ravens’ explosive offense to ten points through three quarters. The Ravens got a little more aggressive in the fourth quarter and garbage time so they padded the stat sheet a little bit. This Monday night pairing currently has an over/under of 47.5, which is a little too high for a couple of good defenses.last_img read more

Bonds a lock to be at the All-Star game

first_imgLa Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals apparently were a team interested in Bonds. “We all know from the offseason that Tony would like him,” Magowan said with a chuckle. Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe thinks his legal troubles are behind him. Uribe was alleged to have shot a farmer in his native Dominican Republic during the offseason. He also believes someone tried to extort more than $900,000 from him in connection with the case. “Everyone knows I wasn’t involved, and I’m just glad it’s over with,” he said Friday through an interpreter after going through his first workout with the White Sox. Legal concerns Around the horn Mariano Rivera sailed through his first batting practice session. The Yankees closer threw 35 pitches to a hitting group that included Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano. Baltimore Orioles reliever Jamie Walker sustained a concussion Friday when he was hit in the back of the head by a Nick Markakis line drive during batting practice. Randy Johnson pitched off a mound for the first time since back surgery in October and said after his private bullpen session that he felt fine. Joe Matumoto, a 36-year-old left-hander who pitched for Brazil’s national team, agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and was invited to spring training. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If Willie is going to get honored, as I think he will, Barry will have some role to play there,” Magowan said Friday during a wide-ranging interview in the dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. “But what I hope instead will happen is he is chosen to be on the All-Star team, and I feel he will be. I feel he will have earned his spot both by what he’s done in the game and by what he will have done this year.” Bonds, a seven-time NL MVP, begins his 22nd major league season – his 15th with San Francisco – 22 home runs shy of passing Hank Aaron’s career record of 755. Magowan joked how La Russa will surely want Bonds on his All-Star roster, a reference to the slugger and skipper meeting during Bonds’ brief appearance at the baseball winter meetings in December. center_img Even if Barry Bonds is not an All-Star this season, Giants owner Peter Magowan expects the slugger to take part in festivities for baseball’s summer classic in his home ballpark. Magowan hopes that Bonds’ godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, will be a big part of the July event in San Francisco. Yet Magowan would rather No. 25 is in uniform and playing for the NL roster and World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa. last_img read more