The Florida Legislature
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Legislature Should Consider Uniform Process to Determine Appropriate Regulatory Program Funding Levels, Report No. 05-57, December 2005
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Currently, there is no overall legislative policy governing how regulatory programs should be funded. As a result, Florida’s 190 regulatory programs vary widely with regard to self-sufficiency requirements, funding sources, and types of user fees. Only 81 of these programs are required to be self-supporting, and the state subsidizes others with at least $29 million in general revenue. Total state support cannot reliably be determined because many agencies do not allocate indirect costs to their programs.
If the Legislature wishes to establish a uniform policy governing regulatory program funding, we recommend that it consider:
- eliminating statutory caps on regulatory fee amounts;
- revising legislative budget request instructions to require agencies to provide written justification when requesting general revenue for a regulatory program;
- revising legislative budget request instructions to establish a uniform methodology for calculating regulatory program costs; and
- requiring agencies to establish rules regarding the mix of user charges needed to meet the funding requirements for each regulatory program.
What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?
- Report No. 07-39 The Legislature Has Taken Steps to Promote the Self-Sufficiency of Regulatory Programs, published in September 2007.
- Report No. 05-35 OPPAGA Report: More Uniform Methodology Is Needed for State Agencies’ Unit Cost Information, published in May 2005.
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