OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5312

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE EFFECT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR CERTAIN STATE EMPLOYEES.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 3596), House "B" (LCO 3624)

House Calendar No. : 186

Senate Calendar No. : 417

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Department of Developmental Services; Social Services, Dept.

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill enables family child care providers and Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) working in state-funded programs to collectively bargain, which is anticipated to result in a cost to the state. 1

To the extent that a collective bargaining agreement for child care providers and/or PCAs is approved by the legislature, the state will realize a cost. The bill prohibits any agreement from reducing current state funding and level of service provided, therefore it is assumed that any agreement approved would require additional appropriations. 2 This cost is dependent upon the agreement reached.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) may incur additional costs associated with being designated an executive branch employer with whom the representative party negotiates. In addition, the bill requires that the cost of arbitration and related expenses be shared equally between the state and such representative.

Background

State program expenditures associated with family child care providers and PCAs are described below:

Family Child Care Providers

sHB 5014, the revised FY 13 budget bill as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, provides approximately $104. 4 million in FY 13 to the Child Care Services account, which supports the child care subsidy program.

Personal Care Attendants

Although the total number of eligible PCAs is unknown, over 20,000 were active in the directory under the Department of Social Services in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), PCA waiver, and Connecticut Home Care Program for the Elderly (CHCPE) populations. The average pay rate for this population is unknown; 3 however, for purposes of illustration the average rate under the CHCPE in FY 11 was approximately $80 per day.

The Department of Developmental Services consumers who self-direct under the Home and Community Based Services waivers employ approximately 2,635 PCAs. For FY 12 the estimated cost of PCA services is $30. 7 million. The following are the April 2011 allowed hourly pay ranges for each type of service: Adult Companion $8. 25 - $12. 31, Personal Support $10. 00 - $17. 00, Individualized Home Supports $17. 00 - $22. 35, and Respite $8. 25 - $19. 00.

House “A” strikes the language in the underlying bill, resulting in the impact described above.

House “B” establishes when certain family child care providers and personal care attendants can be charged dues or fees, which has no state fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Department of Development Services, Department of Social Services Cost and Caseload Data

   

1 The bill specifies that such family child care providers and PCAs shall not be considered state employees.

2 Any agreement requiring additional appropriations is required to be submitted to the General Assembly for approval via the regular budgetary process.

3 The bill requires DSS and DDS to review plans recommended by the Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council, established by the amendment, and include funding in budget requests necessary to implement aspects of the plans that they approve.