.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 2076 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. [256E.40] EQUAL ACCESS AND EQUITABLE FUNDING HEALTH
1.4AND HUMAN SERVICES REFORM.
1.5 Subdivision 1. Reform. The goals in reforming the health and human services
1.6delivery system shall focus on the following:
1.7(1) Equal access is an equal chance for every resident of the state to secure access to
1.8essential services in order to achieve a desired outcome. Access to essential services shall
1.9not be dependent on the willingness of a county board to make discretionary investments
1.10from property tax funds.
1.11(2) Client and program outcomes shall be developed jointly by counties and the state
1.12agency in consultation with affected persons and constituency groups, for all essential
1.13services and with regard to available resources. Performance outcomes shall be the basis
1.14for accountability, not implementation mandates.
1.15(i) The development of outcome goals shall also consider the manner in which
1.16achievement of these goals will be reported. An estimate of increased or decreased state
1.17and local administrative costs in collecting and reporting outcomes shall be included when
1.18outcome goals are established.
1.19(ii) The goal of implementing changes to program monitoring and reporting the
1.20progress toward achieving outcomes is to significantly minimize the cost of administrative
1.21requirements. This decreased cost must allow funds used for administrative purposes to
1.22be used in providing services, allow flexibility in service design and management, and
1.23focus energies on achieving program and client outcomes.
1.24(iii) The commissioner of human services shall publish instructional bulletins
1.25containing the outcome goals and reporting requirements. The commissioner shall initiate
1.26state plan amendments necessary to implement provisions of this section.
2.1(3) To the greatest degree possible, essential health and human services shall be
2.2funded by state and federal funds rather than local property taxes.
2.3(i) Distribution of federal and state funds shall recognize program demand and
2.4unique differences of the local area.
2.5(ii) While local property tax funding shall be avoided whenever possible, when
2.6local financial contributions are required, an equal burden should be placed on property
2.7taxpayers across the state.
2.8(iii) Local innovation and pilot programs using local revenues should be encouraged
2.9as learning opportunities without risk of long-term obligation.
2.10(iv) Any state agency proposals for increased property taxes must be reported to the
2.11chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
2.12health, human services, and taxes.
2.13 Subd. 2. Definitions. (a) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human
2.15(b) "Essential services" means those services that are mandated in state law that are
2.16to be available in all counties of the state.
2.17(c) "Maintenance of effort" means a financial mandate that requires the continuation
2.18of local property tax or other local funding that was originally discretionary.
2.19 Subd. 3. Steering committee. (a) To guide the implementation of the equal access
2.20and equitable funding health and human services reform, a human services reform steering
2.21committee is established. The committee shall include:
2.22(1) the commissioner of human services or a designee;
2.23(2) three county commissioners, representative of rural, suburban, and urban
2.24counties, selected by the Association of Minnesota Counties;
2.25(3) three county directors of human services, representative of rural, suburban, and
2.26urban counties, selected by the Minnesota Association of Social Service Administrators;
2.28(4) four clients or client advocates representing different populations receiving
2.29services from the Department of Human Services, who are appointed by the commissioner.
2.30(b) The commissioner or a designee, and a county commissioner shall serve as
2.31co-chairs of the committee. The committee shall be convened within 60 days of final
2.33(c) State agency staff shall serve as informational resources and staff to the steering
2.34committee. Statewide county associations shall assemble county program data as required.
2.35(d) Responsibilities of the steering committee include:
2.36(1) establishing an agreed upon list of essential services;
3.1(2) establishing a three-year schedule of program reviews to evaluate and establish
3.2outcome goals, modify the reporting system, and review the distribution of state and
3.3federal funds. Priority shall be given to services with the greatest variation in availability
3.4and greatest administrative demands. The schedule shall be published on the agency Web
3.5site and reported to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human
3.7(3) ensuring consistency and similar implementation of goal-related reforms across
3.9(4) receiving and reviewing reports from working groups established by the steering
3.10committee. Working groups of state and county representatives shall seek and receive
3.11input from affected parties and clients;
3.12(5) making recommendations on the adoption of proposed changes that address the
3.13access, quality, and finance goals;
3.14(6) developing a uniform process for responding to a county's failure to make
3.15adequate progress on achieving outcome goals; and
3.16(7) making quarterly reports on the agency Web site on activity and progress on
3.18 Subd. 4. County funding contributions. (a) A consolidated county contribution
3.19fund is established that shall be composed of local property tax contributions that reflect
3.20a uniform percentage of adjusted net tax capacity. It shall be the responsibility of the
3.21commissioner to allocate the consolidated county contribution fund between programs to
3.22meet federal match requirements.
3.23(1) The uniform percentage of adjusted net tax capacity is . . . percent.
3.24(2) Local contributions to the consolidated county contribution fund shall not be
3.25subject to state levy limits.
3.26(3) The levy contribution to the consolidated county contribution fund shall be the
3.27only financial contribution required from the counties to fund health and human services.
3.28(4) No new maintenance of effort of financial match requirements shall be
3.29established for county health and human services programs implemented or changed
3.30after January 1, 2009.
3.31(b) To implement funding of the consolidated county contribution fund:
3.32(1) each county board shall levy . . . . percent of its adjusted net tax capacity as its
3.33contribution to the funding of health and human services;
3.34(2) the commissioner of revenue shall provide estimates to the commissioner of
3.35human services of the expected revenues from the county property tax contribution;
4.1(3) to maintain local services funded by property taxes that the state has used to earn
4.2a federal match, the commissioner of revenue shall certify the equivalent local percentage
4.3of net tax capacity based on the 2008 expenditures for the match earning programs and
4.4deduct that amount from a county's share to the consolidated county contribution fund; and
4.5(4) each county shall transfer its contribution to the county consolidated contribution
4.6fund in two payments after collecting property taxes, one-half on June 15 and one-half on
4.8(c) The commissioner of human services shall make an annual report beginning
4.9January 15, 2011, and every January 15 thereafter, to the chairs and ranking minority
4.10members of the legislative committees having jurisdiction over health and human services
4.11and taxes on the use of the county consolidated contribution fund.
4.12EFFECTIVE DATE.Subdivisions 1 to 3 are effective upon final enactment.
4.13Subdivision 4 is effective January 1, 2010.
Sec. 2. REPEALER.
4.15Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 245.4835; 245.4932, subdivision 1; 246.54,
4.16subdivisions 1 and 2; 252.275, subdivision 3; 253B.045, subdivision 2; 254B.04,
4.17subdivision 1; 256.82, subdivision 2; 256.976; 256B.05, subdivision 1; 256B.0625,
4.18subdivisions 20 and 20a; 256B.0945; 256B.19, subdivision 1; 256D.03; 256D.053,
4.19subdivision 3; 256E.12, subdivision 3; 256F.10, subdivision 7; 256F.13, subdivision 1;
4.20256I.04; 256I.08; 256J.09, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3; and 256L.15, subdivision 4, are