In local news:

Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director Sheral Kellar announced yesterday that an ad hoc legislative finance committee made a motion to the Senate Finance Committee to re-classify the OWCA assessment as fees and self-generated revenue rather than as a statutory dedicated fund. The difference is that if the fund is classified as fees and self-generated revenue it can be swept by the legislature at any time to fill a budget hole. If it is classified as a statutory dedicated fund the funds can only be used for the purpose intended – the operation and administration of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration. Kellar says in the statement that the move would negatively affect injured employees, employers, insurers, self-insured funds and group self-insured funds. She recommends addressing concerns to members of the Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget, either personally or at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The committee is meeting Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 8:00 AM in Room E to finalize its recommendation.

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