BEDL 1.29.18

Business, Economic, Development and Labor Subcommittee (BEDL) 1/29/18


Agenda Items:
1 - 8:00 to 8:05 a.m. Call to Order and Adopt Minutes
2 - 8:05 to 8:40 a.m. Heritage and Arts Analyst Presentation and Agency Response Base
3 - 8:40 to 9:10 a.m. Financial Institutions Analyst Presentation and Agency Response Base
4 - 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. Tax Commission Analyst Presentation and Agency Response Base
5 - 9:55 to 10:20 a.m. Public Service Commission Analyst Presentation and Agency Response
6 - 10:20 to 10:30 a.m. RFA - Naturalization Initiative for New Americans - Sen. Iwamoto
7 - 10:30 to 10:40 a.m. RFA - Neighborhood House - Rep. S. Hollins
8 - 10:40 to 10:50 a.m. RFA - Utah Summer Games - Rep. J. Westwood
9 - Adjourn

 

Link to agendas, minutes, related materials, live and archived audio for this committee. https://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2018&Com=APPBEL

 

Heritage and Arts Presentation

  • Level of intent to expand the book mobile fleet
  • Potential items for consideration
    • Digitization funding
  • Federal Funds
    • Get it from a couple of different areas
      • U Serve
      • State Library
      • State History receives funding for historic preservation
      • Funding as a department from the NEA
    • Fees for the department on page 90 and 96 of fee bill
      • No major changes
    • Couple of changes for reallocations
      • They received some money that needs to be moved to the pass through budget

Jill Remington Love: Utah Division of Heritage and Arts

  • Base Budget and Performance Measures
    • Green River
      • Americorp Vista Program sent three college students to Green River and launched epicenter in the city
        • Brought it tens of thousands of dollars of grants
        • Heritage and Arts have supported this from the beginning
          • Targeted funding
        • They see the same type of potential in other towns
        • Heritage and Arts can be a driver in economic growth in these cities and towns similar to Green River
      • Arts and Culture are vital to cities
    • Cultivate Vibrant Communities
  • 3 Goals
    • Collections Management
      • Artifacts and Art
      • Collectively valued at 125 million dollars
      • Construction of new Collections Management Facility
        • A small exhibit space
        • Finding a solution that protect artifacts and art collections
        • First class tours
      • Tours
      • General
        • Programs focus on youth
      • Civic Engagement and Participation
        • Native American and Multicultural Youth Leadership Day
          • Emphasize healthy families
          • Importance of graduating high school
          • Emphasis on post-secondary education
        • Arts Education
        • History Day
        • Poetry Out Loud
        • Americorps
          • Utah leads the country in volunteer rates and hours served
        • Golden Spike Commission
          • 150th anniversary of transcontinental railroad
        • New Nation Project:
        • Collaboration
          • General
          • Operational Efficiency
            • Digitization projects: make publicly available artifacts
            • E106 Program
            • Streamlined processes
            • Improve ability to track performance measures they created the office of data and innovation
              • IT Government Council
              • Advising and identifying digitization opportunities
            • Looking Ahead
              • Efficiency is key
              • Annual performance and management audits
            • Grant Program
              • Requires a competitive process and stronger accountability than direct appropriations
              • Want to help them accomplish their goals

            • Questions
              • Senator Bramble: The Mesa’s lobbyist called Sen. Bramble with a request for $250,000. He says it’s so 8 individuals can have peace and tranquility while they pursue their artistic careers in the outdoors. They’re coming directly to the legislature. Is there a way the legislature can get it to go directly through Heritage and Arts agency? How do we evaluate these individuals who are circumventing the process?
              • Love’s Answer: We would be happy to work in any way that makes most sense to you
              • Webb’s response to circumventing the process: There is a process where you can ask for these grants through heritage and arts. Haven’t been coordinating with them though to what’s requested here. If they’re not granted through heritage and arts very often then they show up asking for money from the legislature. Looking for ways to have better coordination with Heritage and Arts.
              • Bramble: Going to let them know to go through heritage and arts then.
              • Webb: Want a more detailed procedure
              • Love: $800,000 went through this committee this year
              • Wilson: Remind me how you are adding to the state’s collection in terms of art. How do you give it and how is it growing each year?
              • Love: We have $60,000 this year. We have a committee to determine what to purchase for the year.
              • Wilson: (tangent) A number of years ago a school in davis county found paintings in a shed behind the school. Wanted to sell them to pay for new helmets. The mentioned what’s going on with Cache Milk Money Art Collection.
              • Wilson: Saved milk money to buy art from prominent Utah artists
                • In a month, this art will be privately owned and no one will see it again.
                • Can’t even buy one of these paintings for $60,000
                • Millions of dollars of art in public hands going to private hands, which he feels is a shame.
                • Wants to figure out a way to get more money to heritage and arts to keep some of these works in the hands of the public.
              • Weight: Need to define more criteria for appropriations. This committee doesn’t necessarily have the expertise to critique these appropriations. Everyone comes in with biases. There’s room for additional definition and criteria in making these appropriations.
              • Sandall: Do we create a threshold level? Does that mean all of those requests will go above that level though? What does the committee think?
              • Moss: Question directed at Jill. What’s the origin of the funds for grants?
              • Love: Both federal dollars, almost 1 mil from NEA, and general fund dollars $700,000. It’s ongoing money
              • Moss: How do we evaluate? I heard you say there’s more accountability spending on grants as opposed to appropriations. Mr. Chair, again, this would be interesting to evaluate. Is one better? Appropriations vs Grants
              • Sandall: Taking some of the money we hold and reserve and moving it to their grant process as opposed to keeping it in the appropriations fund.
              • Moss: That would be an important thing to consider.
              • Davis: Move this discussion to a more serious discussion and perhaps legislation in the interim.
              • Rep Webb: What is the brail machine?

 

 

Financial Institutions Analyst Presentation and Agency Response Base Budget

  • Bank Examiners
  • Entirely a restricted fund organization
  • Goals to always be a financial services center
  • Challanged and Issues:
    • Continue Safety and Soundness focus
    • Train examiners as effectively and efficiently as possible
    • Devote more resources to examination of large banks
    • Enhance supervision and examination of money transmitters
  • Had to close one bank last year
  • Commercial banks suffered, industrial banks did well

 

Tax Commission

  • Wants to collect revenue for state and local government
  • Budget of 86.5 million
  • Alcohol tax goes into a restricted account
    • Goes to awareness campaigns about the dangers of alcohol
  • Largest line item is the tax administration line item
    • Financials: because they bring in the taxes, they also receive revenue from all of the different funds.
      • From general, education and transportation fund
    • Limited on the data they can share
    • Sandall: Could you address the list of proposed cuts at some point in the presentation?
    • ED Of State Tax Commission: Yes, will address them now.
      • Property Tax Training: statutory requirement to trains appraisers and county clerks
        • Enhances the performance of local government
        • So they would ask that not to be cut, because it makes sure there is property equity that is statewide.
          • This is critical and should not be eliminated on the training aspect.
        • Webb: Do you spend more? Less? How do you keep track of it?
        • ED Response: Feels they are very conservative in their requests
          • They do one on ones with the counties
          • Pretty consistent number, not overstating that (training) $248,000
          • $70,000 is the FDE Count
          • It’s three people plus lots of training materials for the training
        • Reduce Taxpayer Services Division Personnel
          • ($516,000)
          • 7 FTE getting cut out
            • people who answer calls about tax problems and issues
            • very highly trained
            • considers them to be critical
            • Going to get more calls this year because of the tax reforms this year
          • Local Option
            • Goes into a restricted account that gets appropriated back out by the gov to the tax commission
            • Tries to keep a conservative balance
          • Performance Measures:
            • Tax Returns Processed Electronically
              • Target: 81 Percent
            • Close Delinquent Accounts
              • Target: 5 Percent improvement
            • Motor Vehicle Large Office Wait Times <20 minutes
              • Target: 94%

 

Public Service Commission of Utah

  • An agency that receives no general fund revenue, no proposal to do so
  • Funded through Public Utility Regulatory Fee and Universal Service Fund Fee
  • One of the smallest agencies in the state
    • 16 employees

 

RFA - Naturalization Initiative for New Americans (from New Americans Task Force) - Sen. Iwamoto

  • Data driven approach
  • One time appropriation of $100,000
  • Part of the growth in Utah is the influx of immigrants. They add to the strength of the local economy
  • Nationally: 1/3 of the US innovators were born outside of the US, even though they only make up 13% of the population
  • Investing resources to support these new Americans is beneficial
  • Utah’s economy is booming right now, low unemployment rate
  • Not having enough highly skilled workers to meet the needs
    • Truly compete in a global marketplace
    • Patel
    • Welcoming plan of a welcoming state that brings best and brightest from around the world
  • Strategy
    • Underscore, this is not talking about undocumented immigrants but lawful residents in the community
  • Over 48,000 lawful residents in Utah who are eligible to become natural citizens
  • How can we help?
    • Jump start a campaign to capitalize on the private and public sector as well as volunteerism to help our neighbors become naturalized citizens
    • Not providing resources
    • All about the campaign
    • Allocate to four counties
      • Salt Lake
      • Davis
      • Weber
      • Utah County
    • Provide resources for people to come in and help these people become naturalized citizens
      • Good investment for the community
      • $80,000 to divide into the four states
      • $20,000 to evaluate and asses the impact
    • Hemmert: What would the $80,000 be allocated to specifically in the campaign?
      • Response: provide resources to business, jumpstart a marketing campaign
      • Education, curriculums
      • Customizing resources to give to employers who want their employees to become naturalized citizens
    • Roberts: What’s the problem in the process you’re trying to address?
      • Response: People don’t understand the benefits of naturalization AND it’s a complex process that people need help navigating AND it costs money ($790 just to apply)

 

 

RFA Neighborhood House: Rep. S. Hollins

  • Organization that benefits children and seniors
  • Been around for over 100 years
  • Jennifer: ED of Neighborhood House
    • Serving low income hardworking families
    • Provide preschool
    • Before and after school
    • Provide day care and support services for aging and disable adults
    • Average client is a single mom making under $24,000 a year with three kids
    • Other side of the spectrum, aging and disable population who need some sort of day care
  • Want people to be moving out of poverty and provide it on a sliding fee scale
  • Their building is way too small
  • Propose to build a new building
    • Enables them to serve 100 more families in the community
    • $15 million dollar project, so far raised $12.5 million
    • Asking state and then launching a public campaign

 

RFA - Utah Summer Games - Rep. J. Westwood

  • Request for $50,000 ongoing funds to support annual amateur sports competition in rural Cedar City. Contributes to economic budget of the area.
  • Increase this year’s participants to 10,000
  • Top impact is return on sales
    • 1/3 of sales tax revenue during this period is due to the summer games
    • RAP tax

 

 

 

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