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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.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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