FUND(S):

Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    To Whom it May Concern:
    
    The Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety ended last fiscal year with a budget surplus of $18,012.26. While I feel confident that this is sufficient to cover the new studies required by the Legislature, I do not feel that it will adequately allow the Board to address its new duties.
    
    To that end, on behalf of the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety, I would like to request $20,000 in 001, which allows for Board members to be paid as well as any raises which may be needed for the added duties. As a note, the Governor sets the Administrator’s salary, but the pay for the Administrator’s staff fall under Civil Service guidelines. Due to successive years where duties of the Administrator and his staff have grown considerably, I am requesting additional monies in this regard. This will also allow us to prospectively hire a summer intern through the Governor’s internship program to help with these studies. Further, I am requesting $10,000 in 026, or the travel and expenses line item.
    
    Finally, let me bring to your attention that the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety, as well as several of the Boards which I administer, operate under the restrictions applied to interim committees and the $4500 cap placed on legislators. If the Board is going to carry out its statuary functions, this cap needs to be modified in some way to allow Board members to carry out their duties.
    
    
    In humble consideration,
    
    
    
    Joel L. Watts,
    Health and Safety Administrator
    Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    See above



Memorandum


    Simply put, the studies required will not impose any other financial duress; however, investigations will. See above Person submitting Fiscal Note: Joel L. Watts
     Email Address: joel.l.watts@wv.gov