129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
LD 594 LR 153(02)
An Act To Promote Individual Savings Accounts through a Public-Private Partnership
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
             
Fiscal Note
Legislative Cost/Study
No net fiscal impact - Maine Public Employees Retirement System
FY 2019-20 FY 2020-21 ProjectionsFY 2021-22 ProjectionsFY 2022-23
Appropriations/Allocations
Maine Retirement Savings Program Enterprise Fund $0 $1,600,000 $500 $500
Transfers
Private Trust Funds $0 ($1,600,000) $0 $0
Maine Retirement Savings Program Enterprise Fund $0 $1,600,000 $0 $0
Legislative Cost/Study
The general operating expenses of this study are projected to be $420 in fiscal year 2020-21, $2,560 in fiscal year 2021-22 and $2,340 in fiscal year 2022-23. An estimated $6,190 is available in fiscal year 2020-21 in the Legislature's budget for legislative studies as well as balances from prior years for this purpose. Whether these amounts are sufficient to fund all studies will depend on the number of studies authorized by the Legislative Council and the Legislature. The additional costs of providing staffing assistance to the study during the interim can be absorbed utilizing existing budgeted staff resources.
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill establishes the Maine Retirement Savings Program Enterprise Fund (the Fund) and transfers money held by the Treasurer of State on behalf of the Attorney General that was received pursuant to the court order in State of Maine v. Equifax, Inc., Kennebec County Superior Court Docket No. CV-19-152 and the Wells Fargo & Company multistate settlement agreement to the Fund. The bill also includes an allocation to the Fund of $1,600,000 in fiscal year 2020-21. This allocation is funded by the transfer described above and is to be used for administrative expenses incurred in the performance of the retirement systemís duties under this chapter. Because this legislation provides that the Fund reimburse the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) for the full cost of any staff time provided to the Maine Retirement Savings Board, including the time of the executive director, there is no net fiscal impact to MainePERS.
Additional costs to the Office of the Treasurer of State associated with serving on the board can be absorbed within existing budgeted resources.