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Montana Natural Heritage Program Budget Update 2016

  1. 1. Montana Natural Heritage Program FY17 Budget Update December 1, 2016 Lindsey WeaverDarlene Patzer mtnhp.org Leslie Berg - retired
  2. 2. Funding Definitions • MSL CORE ($439,113 FY17) State funding legislatively appropriated to the Montana State Library and contained in the biennial contract between MSL and UM for “Essential Core Services” • SUPPLEMENTAL CORE ($253,250 FY17) Funding provided by partners recognizing the limits of legislative funding. Used at the discretion of the Program to provide the essential core services in the biennial MSL-UM contract • MLIA CORE ($10,000 FY17) Funding from the Montana Land Information Act for wetland/riparian and land cover mapping in support of this Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure layers • PROJECT ($815,150 FY17) Funding that supports the overall mission of the program but entails specific deliverable products for partners. Project funding does not allow discretionary spending by the Program and does not directly support essential core services.
  3. 3. MLIA Core $10,000 FY17 Natural Heritage Program Funding Overview MSL Core $439,113 Supplemental Core $253,250 December 2016 MT State Legislative Funding General Fund: $155,590 Agency Support: $283,523 (FWP, DEQ, DNRC, MUS, MDT) ~Total Budget $1,517,513 ~Total Projects $815,150 Supplemental Core Agreements Federal ($137,000) Bureau of Land Management ($60,000) US Forest Service ($45,000) Natural Resource Conservation Service ($25,000) Bonneville Power Administration ($6,000) US Fish and Wildlife Service ($5,000) UM ($50,000) VP for Research & Creative Scholarship State Agencies ($31,000) Dept. of Agriculture ($20,000) Dept. of Transportation ($10,000) Dept. Natural Resources & Conservation ($1,000) Private/NGO ($31,250) NatureServe ($20,000) The Nature Conservancy ($10,000) Plum Creek ($1,250) MLIA Funding Wetlands $10,000 Land Cover $0 Approximate Total Funding from State and Federal Partners for Botany, Ecology, and Zoology Projects
  4. 4. FY15 $1,519,113 FY17 $1,517,513 FY16 $1,575,398
  5. 5. INFLATIONARY EROSION OF CORE FUNDING WITH NO PRESENT LAW ADJUSTMENTS (COLA) OVER 8 YEARS ~$66,000 (+16%) ~$56,000 (+68%) ~$11,000 (+375%) $3,567 in 2009 Overall reduction of 31%
  6. 6. Organizational Funding Total Employees: 23 Total FTE: 20
  7. 7. 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE (FY18-FY19 BUDGET YEARS) • Requested $100,000 annual increase through Governor’s Executive Planning Process (EPP) in order to address lack of present law adjustment (COLA) resulting from MTNHP’s operation as a contracted program of the Montana State Library • Our EPP had strong support from the Montana State Library Commission • The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISAC) and Agency Directors from DNRC, FWP, and Dept. of Agriculture wrote a letter of support for our EPP funding request and MISAC and on Agency Director met with the Governor’s staff • The EPP request was not included in the Governor’s FY18-FY19 budget. Although the Governor’s budget does support a 1% pay increase for state employees in the next biennium, MTNHP would not benefit from this because of its operation as a contracted program. Furthermore, the Governor’s budget proposes a 5% across- the-board reduction in agency operations budgets and operation of the MTNHP as a contract would be subject to this cut. • We need recognition of the value of the program by the Governor’s Office and the importance of present law adjustments for maintaining the program • We hope for maintained and increased support from our Partners and legislators on the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee for Education that we had in the 2015 legislature • We need a Return on Investment (ROI) evaluation of the program
  8. 8. POTENTIAL IMPACTS Reduction in Core and Supplemental Core funded science positions will have an effect on: – Staff morale, retention, and hiring – Currency and accuracy of data and information – Evaluation and updates of species status ranks – Maintenance and updates of the Montana Field Guide including species management information – Aquatic Ecology program component missing for 2 years – Ability to answer data requests at the desired level – Ability to review and process observation data and make it available for environmental reviews
  9. 9. Future Organizational Funding? ?
  10. 10. Thoughts, Ideas, Feedback?

Editor's Notes

  • Health Insurance costs in the University System have risen by $2,004 per person per year for the upcoming fiscal year.  That has an overall impact of around a $40,000 reduction in buying power program-wide and $22,000 for the 11 partially core funded positions.  The program is running out of time on a cost of living increase for our core budget through the legislature.
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