Governor Pawlenty's Supplemental Budget Recommendations for MDH
Governor Pawlenty’s recommended supplemental budget for the 2008-2009 biennium includes several changes to the Minnesota Department of Health’s budget.
The Governor is proposing a 4 percent reduction to agency administrative budgets. At MDH, this amounts to a $1.1 million reduction in MDH-based activity. The department will determine, over the next few months, where specific reductions will be made.
In light of the current budget forecast, the Governor is recommending reductions to grant programs where additional funds were recently appropriated, or where recent legislative changes may have impacted the grant program.
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) grant: ($500,000) beginning in FY 2009
- Tobacco-Free Community grants: ($325,000) beginning in FY 2009
- Community-based Health Care Demonstration grant: ($212,000) beginning in FY 2009
- Lead Abatement grant: ($388,000) beginning in FY 2009
The Governor is recommending improved pool safety and water quality standards by requiring that all public swimming pools and spas be licensed by the Department. This will result in an additional 500-700 swimming pools being subject to state regulation and inspections.
The Department will assume responsibility for conducting food, beverage, and lodging facility inspections in St. Louis County as of January 1, 2009. These inspections were previously completed by county personnel through a delegation of authority agreement.
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