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NO. 6.  AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL YEAR 2005 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS.

(H.143)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This Act shall be known as and shall be cited as the “Budget Adjustment Act - Fiscal Year 2005.”

Sec. 2.  Sec. 17 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 17.  Tax - administration/collection

Personal services                                     11,058,247                  11,058,247

Operating expenses                                   2,559,467                    2,586,227

Total                                                  13,617,714                  13,644,474

Source of funds

General fund                                           12,651,812                  12,678,572

Transportation fund                                      211,902                       211,902

Special funds                                                574,000                       516,000

Tobacco fund                                                                                     58,000

Interdepartmental transfer                             180,000                       180,000

Total                                                  13,617,714                  13,644,474

Sec. 3.  Sec. 35(a) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2003, as amended by Sec. 36 of No. 122 of the Acts of 122, is further amended to read:

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), fee for space charges of $16,934,155.00 are hereby approved.  The commissioner of buildings and general services shall cause any deficit in the fee for space internal service fund at the end of fiscal year 2003 to be eliminated by the end of fiscal year 2014 through the aggressive management of expenditures and, if necessary, a surcharge on fees beginning in fiscal year 2006 2007.

Sec. 4.  SINGLE AUDIT REVOLVING FUND; APPROPRIATION TO

             SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION

(a)  The amount of $400,000.00 in general funds is appropriated to the secretary of administration for transfer to departments.  These are to be used as payment, and as state match for payment, to the single audit revolving fund to relieve a $400,000.00 anticipated deficit in the fund.  These transfers shall be notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706(a)(1), and shall only be in amounts necessary to achieve $400,000.00 in payments to the fund from all fund sources.  Any portion of the $400,000.00 not needed to achieve the $400,000.00 payment to the fund shall revert to the general fund at the end of fiscal year 2005.

Sec. 5.  Sec. 39 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 39.  State treasurer

Personal services                                       2,380,971                    1,980,471

Operating expenses                                      322,205                       322,205

Grants                                                            75,000                         75,000

Total                                                    2,778,176                    2,377,676

Source of funds

General fund                                                833,409                       833,409

Transportation fund                                      103,208                       103,208

Special funds                                             1,378,559                    1,378,559

Pension trust fund                                         400,500                                   

Private purpose trust fund                               62,500                         62,500

Total                                                    2,778,176                    2,377,676

* * *

Sec. 6.  Sec. 55 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 55.  Lottery commission

Personal services                                       1,253,912                    1,253,912

Operating expenses                                      903,902                       973,902

Total                                                    2,157,814                    2,227,814

Source of funds

Enterprise funds                                        2,157,814                    2,227,814

* * *

Sec. 7.  Sec. 59 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 59.  Total general government                 117,366,399                117,462,659

Source of funds

General fund                                           36,763,760                  37,190,520

Transportation fund                                   9,298,789                    9,298,789

Special funds                                             4,687,468                    4,629,468

Tobacco fund                                                                                     58,000

Federal funds                                            2,453,429                    2,453,429

Enterprise funds                                        2,288,593                    2,358,593

Internal service funds                               38,098,477                  38,098,477

Pension trust funds                                  20,801,270                  20,400,770

Private purpose trust funds                           520,222                       520,222

Interdepartmental transfer                          2,454,391                    2,454,391

Total                                                117,366,399                117,462,659

Sec. 7a.  Sec. 60 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 60.  Protection to persons and property – attorney general

Personal services                                         4,838,548                 4,859,151

Operating expenses                                         898,080                    898,080

Total                                                        5,736,628                 5,757,231

Source of funds

General fund                                                2,550,429                 2,550,429

Transportation fund                                           69,061                      69,061

Special funds                                               1,014,901                 1,014,901

Tobacco fund                                                 290,000                    290,000

Federal funds                                                  573,500                    573,500

Interdepartmental transfer                             1,238,737                 1,259,340

Total                                                        5,736,628                 5,757,231

(a)  The establishment of two (2) new classified positions - one (1) director of court diversion and one (1) administrative assistant - is authorized in fiscal year 2005.  These positions shall be transferred and converted from existing vacant positions in the executive branch of state government.

(b)  The office of the attorney general is authorized to transfer up to $20,603.00 to the office of the attorney general from the court diversion appropriation on a pro rata basis, to provide funding for the two positions for the remainder of fiscal year 2005. 

Sec. 8.  Sec. 61 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 61.  Vermont court diversion

Grants                                                      1,470,071                    1,500,071

Source of funds

General fund                                                927,238                       957,238

Transportation fund                                      142,833                       142,833

Special funds                                                400,000                       400,000

Total                                                    1,470,071                    1,500,071

Sec. 9.  Sec. 63 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 63.  State’s attorneys

Personal services                                       7,600,224                    7,600,224

Operating expenses                                   1,158,953                    1,164,353

Total                                                    8,759,177                    8,764,577

Source of funds

General fund                                             6,665,235                    6,670,635

Transportation fund                                      366,373                       366,373

Special funds                                                  53,599                         53,599

Federal funds                                                   5,000                           5,000

Interdepartmental transfer                          1,668,970                    1,668,970

Total                                                    8,759,177                    8,764,577

Sec. 9a.  Sec. 64 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 64.  Sheriffs

Personal services                                         2,540,882               2,566,882

Operating expenses                                         312,166                  312,166

Total                                                       2,853,048               2,879,048

Source of funds

General fund                                                2,287,344               2,313,344

Transportation fund                                         565,704                  565,704

Total                                                       2,853,048               2,879,048

* * *

Sec. 10.  MILITARY; SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2005 $40,000.00 in general funds to the military department, division of veterans’ affairs, to be used to provide assistance to survivors of casualties in the war on terrorism consistent with the guidelines as set forth in Sec. 72 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004.  Notwithstanding any other act or provision, at the discretion of the military department and division of veterans’ affairs, up to $20,000.00 of this amount may be used for the armed services scholarship fund. 

(b)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2005 $150,000.00 in general funds to the Vermont national guard and reserve family fund for the purpose of providing assistance to family members of the Vermont national guard and reservists on active duty consistent with the guidelines as set forth in Sec. 16a(a) of No. 80 of the Acts of 2004 as amended in Sec. 10a of this act. 

Sec. 10a.  Sec. 16a of No. 80 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 16a.  VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE FAMILY

                 EMERGENCY  FUND

(a)  There is established a special fund to be known as the Vermont national guard and reserve family emergency fund in the military department in the office of the adjutant general to be administered by the adjutant general.  The fund shall be for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial assistance to families of members of the Vermont national guard and reservists on active duty.  The adjutant general and two other members of the military department selected by the adjutant general shall comprise a Vermont national guard and reserve family emergency fund panel to establish guidelines and criteria for the making of loans or grants from the fund to meet financial emergencies the needs of families of national guard members and reservists on active duty.  The panel shall also establish terms for the loans and repayment schedules which may not exceed five years.  Loans may be made without interest.

* * *

Sec. 11.  Sec. 83 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 83.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health care administration

Personal services                                       2,799,546                    2,799,546

Operating expenses                                      402,402                       374,902

Total                                                    3,201,948                    3,174,448

Source of funds

General fund                                                466,993                       466,993

Special funds                                             2,734,955                    2,707,455

Total                                                    3,201,948                    3,174,448

* * *

Sec. 12.  Sec. 85(e) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

(e)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000.00 shall be available for a grant to the Vermont center for justice research at Norwich University to carry out a study and report on racial and ethnic involvement in Vermont’s criminal justice system.  The report shall be submitted to the general assembly, the house and senate committees on judiciary, and the court administrator by June 1, 2005 2006.

Sec. 12a.  PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT; RENEWABLE ENERGY

(a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2005 $100,000.00 in general funds to the department of public service.  These funds shall be used as state match for federal small scale wind development funds secured to support the Vermont renewable energy incentive program. 

Sec. 13.  Sec. 99 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 99.  Judiciary

Personal services                                     22,903,174                  22,938,174

Operating expenses                                   5,924,728                    5,954,728

Total                                                  28,827,902                  28,892,902

Source of funds

General fund                                           22,953,570                  23,018,570

Transportation fund                                   3,004,507                    3,004,507

Special funds                                                470,118                       470,118

Tobacco fund                                                 40,000                         40,000

Federal funds                                               305,458                       305,458

Interdepartmental transfer                          2,054,249                    2,054,249

Total                                                  28,827,902                  28,892,902

* * *

Sec. 14.  Sec. 104 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 104.  Total protection to persons and property           

                                                                      202,475,576                202,885,079

Source of funds

General fund                                           71,487,292                  71,903,693

Transportation fund                                 27,716,109                  27,716,109

Special funds                                           49,780,652                  49,753,152

Tobacco fund                                               620,000                       620,000

Federal funds                                          42,038,733                  42,038,733

Enterprise funds                                        3,763,980                    3,763,980

Interdepartmental transfer                          7,068,810                    7,089,413

Total                                                202,475,576                202,885,079

Sec. 15.  CONVERSION PROVISION - AGENCY OF HUMAN SERVICES

               APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  Unless otherwise amended, the session law included in Sec. 105 through Sec. 155 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 shall remain in effect and be associated with the redistributed functions of the reorganized agency of human services as specified in Sec. 106 through Sec. 106f of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004.

(b)  The appropriation changes made as a result of the reorganization of the agency of human services are provided in detail in the addendum to this act entitled “AHS FY2005 Appropriations Changes Resulting From Reorganization.”

Sec. 16.  Sec. 105 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 105.  Human services - agency of human services - secretary’s office

Personal services                         3,082,913              3,463,792

Operating expenses                     1,034,809                 888,493

Grants                                      11,281,100              7,496,625

Total                                    15,398,822            11,848,910

Source of funds

General fund                               5,761,465              3,872,236

Tobacco fund                              1,375,845              1,375,845

Federal funds                              7,161,512              5,500,829

Interdepartmental transfer            1,100,000              1,100,000

Total                                    15,398,822            11,848,910

* * *

Sec. 17.  Sec. 111 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 111.  Health - administration and support

Personal services                         4,149,049              5,761,674

Operating expenses                     1,011,452              1,431,980

Total                                      5,160,501              7,193,654

Source of funds

General fund                               1,072,540              2,031,444

Special funds                                    21,951                   21,951

Federal funds                              4,066,010              5,140,259

Total                                      5,160,501              7,193,654

Sec. 18.  Sec. 112 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 112.  Health - health protection

Personal services                         3,235,360              3,235,360           

Operating expenses                        650,861                 650,861

Grants                                           406,340                 406,340

Total                                      4,292,561              4,292,561

Source of funds

General fund                               1,213,228              1,143,228

Special funds                               1,122,900              1,122,900

Federal funds                              1,509,317              1,579,317

Interdepartmental transfer               447,116                 447,116

Total                                      4,292,561              4,292,561

Sec. 19.  Sec. No. 113 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 113.  Health - health surveillance

Personal services                         6,827,697              6,776,534

Operating expenses                     1,887,908              1,884,988

Grants                                         2,714,100              2,714,100

Total                                    11,429,705            11,375,622

Source of Funds

General fund                               3,680,018              3,555,935

Special funds                               1,072,850              1,072,850

Federal funds                              6,546,652              6,616,652

Permanent trust funds                         2,300                     2,300

Interdepartmental transfer               127,885                 127,885

Total                                    11,429,705            11,375,622

* * *

Sec. 20.  Sec. 114 of the Acts of No. 122 of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 114.  Health - health improvement

Personal services                         7,865,343              7,556,492

Operating expenses                     1,109,859              1,084,859

Grants                                      14,554,500            11,725,131

Total                                    23,529,702            20,366,482

Source of funds

General fund                               3,569,214              3,194,214

Special funds                                  989,927                 989,927

Tobacco fund                              3,399,677              3,399,677

Federal funds                            15,415,384            12,775,664

Interdepartmental transfer               155,500                     7,000

Total                                    23,529,702            20,366,482

* * *

Sec. 21.  Sec. 115 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 115.   Health -  community public health

Personal services                       11,300,056            11,148,846

Operating expenses                     1,632,764              1,627,974

Grants                                       11,594,327            11,594,327

Total                                    24,527,147            24,371,147

Source of funds

General fund                               4,007,512              3,929,512

Special funds                                  520,701                 520,701

Federal funds                            19,641,614            19,563,614

Interdepartmental transfer               357,320                 357,320

Total                                    24,527,147            24,371,147

* * *

Sec. 22.  Sec. 116 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 116.  Health -  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

Personal services                         2,370,638              2,288,432

Operating expenses                        860,942                 855,102

Grants                                      16,767,392            17,025,830

Total                                    19,998,972            20,169,364

Source of Funds

General fund                               4,836,632              4,982,652

Special funds                                  157,000                 157,000

Tobacco fund                              3,171,266              3,171,266

Federal funds                            11,416,074            11,440,446

Interdepartmental transfer               418,000                 418,000

Total                                    19,998,972            20,169,364

* * *

Sec. 23.  Sec. 140 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 140.  Developmental and mental health services - central office

Personal services                         2,439,723                            0

Operating expenses                        788,274                            0

Total                                      3,227,997                            0

Source of funds

General fund                               1,423,598                            0

Federal funds                              1,804,399                            0

Total                                      3,227,997                            0

* * *

Sec. 24.  Sec. 142 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 142.  Developmental and mental health services - community mental health Health - mental health

Personal services                         3,007,985              3,007,985

Operating expenses                        453,111                 453,111

Grants                                    103,035,192          101,967,895

Total                                  106,496,288          105,428,991

Source of funds

General fund                             35,947,821            39,773,415

Special funds                               7,775,810              7,377,088

Federal funds                            58,369,269            53,875,100

Interdepartmental transfer            4,403,388              4,403,388

Total                                  106,496,288          105,428,991

Sec. 25.  Sec. 144 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 144.  Developmental and mental health services - Vermont state hospital

Health - Vermont state hospital

Personal services                         4,658,501            13,355,001

Operating expenses                     1,764,303              1,717,803

Grants                                               3,000                     3,000

Total                                      6,425,804            15,075,804

Source of funds

General fund                               1,867,915                 117,915

Special funds                                  110,000                 110,000

Federal funds                                 572,426                 572,426

Interdepartmental transfer          13,875,463            14,275,463

Total                                    16,425,804            15,075,804

Sec. 26.  Sec. 124 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 124.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access – administration Department for children and families - administrative and support services

Personal services                       27,827,176            25,100,787

Operating expenses                     5,254,699              5,114,612

Grants                                        1,414,675              1,414,675

Total                                    34,496,550            31,630,074

Source of funds

General fund                             13,476,039            13,321,684

Special funds                               2,047,319              1,221,846

Federal funds                            18,973,192            17,086,544

Total                                    34,496,550            31,630,074

* * *

Sec. 27.  Sec. 118 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 118.  Social and rehabilitation services - administrative and support services

Personal services                         2,237,449                            0

Operating expenses                        331,754                            0

Total                                      2,569,203                            0

Source of funds

General fund                               1,187,302                            0

Federal funds                              1,381,901                            0

Total                                      2,569,203                            0

* * *

Sec. 28.  Sec. 119 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 119.   Social and rehabilitation services - social services Department for children and families - child welfare

Personal services                       17,195,972            17,632,695

Operating expenses                     2,695,866              2,841,761

Grants                                      52,569,306            59,237,315

Total                                    72,461,144            79,711,771

Source of funds

General fund                             30,635,390            34,509,581

Special funds                               1,306,152              2,089,520

Tobacco fund                                   75,000                   75,000

Federal funds                            40,444,602            43,037,670

Total                                    72,461,144            79,711,771

Sec. 29.  Sec. 120 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 120.  Social and rehabilitation services - child care services Department for children and families - child development

Personal services                         1,785,851              2,332,779

Operating expenses                        409,257                 470,180

Grants                                       35,740,228            44,105,170

Total                                    37,935,336            46,908,129

Source of funds

General fund                             13,328,821            18,102,542

Transportation fund                          60,249                   60,249

Special funds                                  832,000              1,230,722

Federal funds                            23,637,014            27,288,864

Interdepartmental transfer                 77,252                 225,752

Total                                    37,935,336            46,908,129

* * *

Sec. 30.  Sec. 110 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 110.  Office of child support services Department for children and families - child support services

Personal services                         7,649,310                             

Operating expenses                     2,790,782                             

Total                                    10,440,092                             

Source of funds

General fund                               1,370,517                             

Special funds                                  454,125                             

Federal funds                              8,508,350                             

Interdepartmental transfer               107,100                             

Total                                    10,440,092                             

Sec. 31.  Sec. 126 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 126.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - aid to aged, blind and disabled           Department for children and families  - aid to aged, blind, and disabled

Personal services                         1,365,966

Grants                                         9,218,772

Total                                    10,584,738

Source of funds

General fund                             10,584,738

Sec. 32.  Sec. 134 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 134.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - general assistance       Department for children and families - general assistance

Grants                                         4,376,260

Source of funds

General fund                               3,264,939

Special funds                                             1

Federal funds                              1,111,320

Total                                      4,376,260

* * *

Sec. 33.  Sec. 138 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 138.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - food stamp cash out Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

Grants                                         5,764,119              6,637,440

Source of funds

Federal funds                              5,764,119              6,637,440

Sec. 34.  Sec. 125 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 125.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - reach up Department for children and families - reach up

Grants                                       44,486,083

Source of funds

General fund                             15,948,867

Special funds                               2,200,000

Federal funds                            26,337,216

Total                                    44,486,083

Sec. 35.  Sec. 135 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 135.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP             Department for children and families - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

Personal services                              20,000                   20,000

Operating expenses                          90,000                   90,000

Grants                                        8,352,075              9,352,075

Total                                      8,462,075              9,462,075

Source of funds

Special funds                               8,462,075              9,462,075

* * *

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $1,000,000.00 is from the weatherization trust fund and shall be used in combination with all other funds appropriated, carried forward from previous appropriations, or authorized through the excess receipts process.  These funds shall provide enhanced benefits to eligible beneficiaries in the current 2004 - 2005 heating season.

Sec. 36.  Sec. 151 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 151.  Office of economic opportunity Department for children and families - economic opportunity

Personal services                            268,308

Operating expenses                          78,670

Grants                                         4,513,795

Total                                      4,860,773

Source of funds

General fund                                  848,147

Special funds                                    80,012

Federal funds                              3,681,541

Interdepartmental transfer               251,073

Total                                      4,860,773

* * *

Sec. 37.  Sec. 152 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 152.  Office of economic opportunity - weatherization assistance Department for children and families - weatherization assistance

Personal services                            151,601

Operating expenses                          96,510

Grants                                         7,021,327

Total                                      7,269,438

Source of funds

Special funds                               5,991,517

Federal funds                              1,277,921

Total                                      7,269,438

* * *

Sec. 38.  Sec. 122 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 122.  Social and rehabilitation services Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

Personal services                         2,282,357

Operating expenses                        438,299

Total                                      2,720,656

Source of funds

General fund                               2,665,764

Interdepartmental transfer                 54,892

Total                                      2,720,656

Sec. 39.  Sec. 123 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 123.  Social and rehabilitation services Department for children and families - disability determination services

Personal services                         2,719,300              2,917,440

Operating expenses                        441,112                 441,112

Total                                      3,160,412              3,358,552

Source of funds

Federal funds                              2,915,267              3,113,407

Interdepartmental transfer               245,145                 245,145

Total                                      3,160,412              3,358,552

Sec. 40.  Sec. 127 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 127.  FUND APPROPRIATIONS AND TRANSFERS

(a)  The sum of $69,065,572.00 $88,139,252.00 is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2005.

* * *

Sec. 41.  Sec. 128 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 128.  Prevention, assistance, transition, and health access - Medicaid

Office of Vermont health access

Personal services                       15,812,482            19,695,856

Operating expenses                                   0                 511,621

Grants                                    565,725,112          601,818,230

Total                                  581,537,594          622,025,707

Source of funds

General fund                                             0              1,166,438

Special funds                           227,732,074          247,031,227

Federal funds                          353,805,520          373,828,042

Total                                  581,537,594          622,025,707

* * *

Sec. 42.  Sec. 145 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 145.  Aging and disabilities - administration and support Aging and independent living - administration and support

Personal services                       15,221,670            19,784,428

Operating expenses                     2,498,348              3,388,234

Total                                    17,720,018            23,172,662

Source of funds

General fund                               4,632,832              7,264,634

Special funds                                  782,599                 782,599

Federal funds                            11,300,136            14,120,978

Interdepartmental transfer            1,004,451              1,004,451

Total                                    17,720,018            23,172,662

* * *

Sec. 43.  Sec. 146 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 146.  Aging and disabilities - division of advocacy and independent living Aging and independent living - division of advocacy and independent living

Grants                                       22,331,687            22,781,687

Source of funds

General fund                               8,783,764              9,233,764

Transportation fund                        419,330                 419,330

Special funds                                  801,981                 801,981

Federal funds                            12,249,612            12,249,612

Interdepartmental transfer                 77,000                   77,000

Total                                    22,331,687            22,781,687

* * *

Sec. 44.  Sec. 148 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 148.  Aging and disabilities - blind and visually impaired Aging and independent living - blind and visually impaired

Grants                                         1,370,219

Source of funds

General fund                                  564,064

Special funds                                  145,000

Federal funds                                 661,155

Total                                      1,370,219

Sec. 45.  Sec. 149 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 149.  Aging and disabilities - vocational rehabilitation Aging and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

Grants                                           6,217,958

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,599,195

Special funds                                      80,000

Federal funds                                4,313,046

Interdepartmental transfer                  225,717

Total                                      6,217,958

Sec. 46.  Sec. 143 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 143.  Developmental and mental health services - developmental services Aging and independent living - developmental services

Personal services                         3,196,296                        0

Operating expenses                        498,012                        0

Grants                                      95,811,783            96,274,093

Total                                    99,506,091            96,274,093

Source of funds

General fund                           238,524,746            36,539,902

Special funds                                  905,890              1,505,890

Federal funds                            58,943,955            57,096,801

Interdepartmental transfer            1,131,500              1,131,500

Total                                    99,506,091            96,274,093

Sec. 47.  Sec. 150 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 150.  Aging and disabilities - TBI home and community based waiver Aging and independent living - TBI home and community‑based waiver

Grants                                         2,564,186

Source of funds

General fund                               1,014,905

Federal funds                              1,549,281

Total                                      2,564,186

* * *

Sec. 48.  Sec. 156 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 156.  Corrections - correctional services

Personal services                       65,551,030            65,591,030

Operating expenses                   27,534,372            29,933,164

Grants                                         1,644,500              1,644,500

Total                                    94,729,902            97,168,694

Source of funds

General fund                             91,153,647            93,592,439

Transportation fund                     1,144,483              1,144,483

Special funds                                  599,500                 599,500

Tobacco fund                                   87,500                   87,500

Federal funds                              1,643,726              1,643,726

Interdepartmental transfer               101,046                 101,046

Total                                    94,729,902            97,168,694

* * *

Sec. 49.  Sec. 163 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 163.  Total human services

                                           1,420,619,486       1,487,784,955

Source of funds

General fund                           379,180,390          409,483,121

Transportation fund                     1,624,062              1,624,062

Special funds                           274,802,847          295,659,895

Tobacco fund                            25,359,288            25,359,288

Federal funds                          710,756,008          726,361,698

Permanent trust funds                         2,300                     2,300

Internal service funds                   3,330,142              3,330,142

Interdepartmental transfer          25,564,449            25,964,449

Total                               1,420,619,486       1,487,784,955

Sec. 50.  Sec. 164 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 164.  Employment and training

Personal services                         19,992,849            19,992,849

Operating expenses                       3,962,858              3,980,138

Grants                                           1,668,262              1,668,262

Total                                      25,623,969            25,641,249

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,086,261              1,103,541

Special funds                                    166,000                 166,000

Federal funds                              20,618,541            20,618,541

Interdepartmental transfer              3,753,167              3,753,167

Total                                      25,623,969            25,641,249

Sec. 50a.  DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND  TRAINING;

                OFFICES MAINTAINED

(a)  The department of employment and training shall:

(1)  continue to maintain an office in the Brattleboro, Newport, and St. Albans state office buildings to provide a resource room which is staffed by at least one department employee; at Brattleboro, it shall be staffed up to 32 hours per week and at least four days per week; at Newport and St. Albans, they shall be staffed by at least two employees, who each shall work at least 32 hours per week and at least four days per week at those locations;

(2)  reduce the square footage at those three locations or renegotiate with the department of buildings and general services the “fee for space” cost in those buildings, or both;

(3)  continue to maintain an office in Middlebury, Morrisville, and White River Junction in state-owned or leased space, but perhaps at different rental locations and at reduced cost, to provide at least a resource room which is staffed by at least one department employee at the Middlebury and White River Junction locations; and at the Morrisville location, which shall be staffed by at least two employees who each shall work at least 32 hours per week and at least four days per week at that location; and

(4)  reconsider the location of regional service centers, based on factors such as actual usage and the availability of private employment services in each region.

(b)  The mandates set forth in this section may be modified if the delivery of services can be accommodated in a more cost-effective manner.  Modifications may be made by the secretary of administration upon recommendation of the commissioner of the department of employment and training and with the approval of the joint fiscal committee.

Sec. 51.  Sec. 165 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 165.  Total employment and training

                                                   25,623,969            25,641,249

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,086,261              1,103,541

Special funds                                    166,000                 166,000

Federal funds                              20,618,541            20,618,541

Interdepartmental transfer              3,753,167              3,753,167

Total                                      25,623,969            25,641,249

Sec. 52.  Sec. 166 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 166.  Education - finance and administration

Personal services                           3,914,851              4,029,861

Operating expenses                       1,254,486              1,273,159

Grants                                         10,600,000            11,216,066

Total                                      15,769,337            16,519,086

Source of funds

General fund                                 2,912,037              3,045,720

Special funds                                      20,088                   20,088

Federal funds                                1,717,098              2,213,164

Interdepartmental transfer            11,120,114            11,240,114

Total                                      15,769,337            16,519,086

Sec. 53.  Sec. 167 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 167.  Education - education programs

Personal services                         11,519,292            11,404,282

Operating expenses                       2,217,297              2,198,624

Grants                                       113,569,716          116,505,241

Total                                    127,306,305          130,108,147

Source of funds

General fund                                 7,483,989              7,350,306

Transportation fund                          520,672                 520,672

Education fund                              9,321,398              9,656,923

Special funds                                 1,639,731              1,639,731

Federal funds                            106,983,908          109,703,908

Interdepartmental transfer              1,356,607              1,236,607

Total                                    127,306,305          130,108,147

* * *

Sec. 54.  Sec. 172 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 172.  Education - state-placed students

Grants                                         10,842,880            11,642,880

Source of funds

Education fund                            10,842,880            11,642,880

Sec. 55.  Sec. 176 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 176.  Education - adjusted education payment

Grants                                       906,562,829          910,801,994

Source of funds

Education fund                          906,562,829          910,801,994

Sec. 56.  Sec. 179 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 179.  Education - small school grants

Grants                                           5,229,837              5,080,383

Source of funds

Education fund                              5,229,837              5,080,383

Sec. 57.  Sec. 180 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 180.  Education - capital debt service aid

Grants                                              565,240                 459,546

Source of funds

Education fund                                 565,240                 459,546

Sec. 58.  Sec. 187 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 187.  Tax department - property tax assistance

Grants                                         93,811,600            98,811,600

Source of funds

General fund                                 5,280,000              5,280,000

Transportation fund                       3,520,000              3,520,000

Education fund                            85,011,600            90,011,600

Total                                      93,811,600            98,811,600

Sec. 59.  Sec. 189 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 189.  Total general education and property tax assistance

                                              1,577,724,367       1,591,059,975

Source of funds

General fund                             288,139,707          288,139,707

Transportation fund                       4,040,672              4,040,672

Education fund                       1,143,019,880       1,153,139,422

Special funds                                 1,659,819              1,659,819

Tobacco fund                                   878,980                 878,980

Federal funds                            109,684,625          112,900,691

Pension trust fund                        16,695,946            16,695,946

Interdepartmental transfer            13,604,738            13,604,738

Total                                 1,577,724,367       1,591,059,975

Sec. 60.  Sec. 205 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 205.  Fish and wildlife - support and field services

Personal services                           9,379,330              9,379,330

Operating expenses                       4,217,773              4,217,773

Grants                                              156,000                 156,000

Total                                      13,753,103            13,753,103

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,250,101              1,531,009

Transportation fund                          365,000                 365,000

Fish and wildlife fund                   12,138,002            11,857,094

Total                                      13,753,103            13,753,103

* * *

Sec. 61.  Sec. 211 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 211.  Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

Personal services                           4,706,026              4,706,026

Operating expenses                       1,973,200              1,973,200

Grants                                                  5,000                     5,000

Total                                        6,684,226              6,684,226

Source of funds

General fund                                    298,627                 655,627

Special funds                                 6,385,599              6,028,599

Total                                        6,684,226              6,684,226

* * *

Sec. 62.  Sec. 223 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 223.  Total natural resources

                                                   74,479,204            74,479,204

Source of funds

General fund                               18,932,839            19,570,747

Transportation fund                       1,264,345              1,264,345

Fish and wildlife fund                   12,753,058            12,472,150

Special funds                               23,960,314            23,603,314

Federal funds                              13,410,187            13,410,187

Permanent trust funds                           5,000                     5,000

Interdepartmental transfer              4,153,461              4,153,461

Total                                      74,479,204            74,479,204

Sec. 63.  Sec. 226 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 226.  Housing and community affairs

Personal services                           2,217,796              2,257,796

Operating expenses                          326,342                 326,342

Grants                                           3,965,014              3,965,014

Total                                        6,509,152              6,549,152

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,531,188              1,531,188

Special funds                                 3,468,740              3,508,740

Federal funds                                1,509,224              1,509,224

Total                                        6,509,152              6,549,152

Sec. 64.  24 V.S.A. § 2796 is amended to read:

§ 2796.  Downtown transportation and related capital

              improvement fund

* * *

(d)  Each fiscal year, $40,000.00 of the fund shall be available to the department of housing and community affairs for costs of administering the fund.

Sec. 65.  Sec. 228 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 228.  Historic sites operations

Personal services                              563,114                 605,114

Operating expenses                       1,344,765              1,359,130

Total                                        1,907,879              1,964,244

Source of funds

General fund                                    409,352                 465,717

Special funds                                    490,000                 490,000

Federal funds                                   453,000                 453,000

Interdepartmental transfer                 555,527                 555,527

Total                                        1,907,879              1,964,244

Sec. 66.  Sec. 232 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 232.  Economic development

Personal services                           1,648,204              1,648,204

Operating expenses                          534,099                 534,099

Grants                                           1,602,774              1,622,774

Total                                        3,785,077              3,805,077

Source of funds

General fund                                 3,144,403              3,164,403

Special funds                                    472,000                 472,000

Federal funds                                   168,674                 168,674

Total                                        3,785,077              3,805,077

* * *

Sec. 67.  Sec. 233 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 233.  Vermont training program

Personal services                              107,531                 107,531

Operating expenses                            26,599                   26,599

Grants                                           1,324,570              1,624,570

Total                                             1,458,700              1,758,700

Source of funds

General fund                                 1,407,700              1,707,700

Special funds                                      51,000                   51,000

Total                                        1,458,700              1,758,700

Sec. 68.  Sec. 238 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 238.  Vermont historical society

Grants                                              527,660                 597,660

Source of funds

General fund                                    527,660                 597,660

Sec. 69.  Sec. 241 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 241.  Total commerce and community development                   

                                                   55,523,040            56,009,405

Source of funds

General fund                               14,346,023            14,792,388

Special funds                               18,894,986            18,934,986

Federal funds                              20,601,504            20,601,504

Enterprise funds                               825,000                 825,000

Interdepartmental transfer                 855,527                 855,527

Total                                      55,523,040            56,009,405

Sec. 69a.  DISTRICT MAINTENANCE REORGANIZATION SCHEDULE

(a)   It is the intention of the general assembly to consider the proposed reduction in the number of maintenance districts in the context of the fiscal year 2006 budget.  The secretary of transportation shall not initiate the process for staff reductions related to the proposed reorganization of the district maintenance program until April 15, 2005.  Nothing in this section shall constitute legislative approval of the proposed reduction in the number of maintenance districts. 

Sec. 69b.  EARLY EXPENDITURE OF FISCAL YEAR 2006

                 APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  $2,600,000.00 is hereby transferred and appropriated from the highway central garage fund to initiate the following paving and bridge projects in the spring of 2005:

Program           Project name               Route                            Project number

Paving              Marshfield-Cabot        US 2                              NH 2104

Paving              Barton-Irasburg           US 5 & VT 58              STP 2107

Paving              Hartford-Royalton       VT 14 & VT 132         STP 2121 (1)S

Paving              Hardwick-Greensboro           VT 16                 STP 2112

Paving              Arlington-Sunderland   VT 313      STP 2223

Town Bridge    Clarendon                                                        BHO 1443(29)

State Bridge Fairfield                                                                 ST 0298(6)

Town Bridge    Johnson                                                            BHO 1448(18)

Town Bridge    Mendon                                                           BRO1443(35)

Town Bridge    Montpelier                                                        BHM 6400(25)

State Bridge Woodford                                                             BRF 010-1(29)

State Bridge Cambridge                                                            BHF 030-2(19)S

(b)  Of the total amount appropriated, approximately $1,000,000.00 shall be expended on paving projects and approximately $1,600,000.00 shall be expended on bridge projects.

(c)  The agency of transportation shall revert and deposit in the highway central garage fund in fiscal year 2006 from the appropriation of state funds for paving and bridge projects an amount equal to the amount transferred and appropriated from the highway central garage fund in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 70.  Sec. 252 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 252.  Transportation – central garage

Personal services                           2,994,408              2,994,408

Operating expenses                       7,995,537              8,095,537

Total                                      10,989,945            11,089,945

Source of funds

Internal service funds                   10,989,945            11,089,945

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $100,000.00 is appropriated from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund in accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 13(c) for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b).

Sec. 71.  Sec. 255 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 255.  Transportation - town highway emergency fund

Grants                                                         1                 749,170

Source of funds

Transportation fund                                     1                 749,170

* * *

Sec. 72.  Sec. 263 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 263.  Total transportation                   

                                                 367,715,225          371,164,394

Source of funds

Transportation fund                   174,231,863          174,981,032

Special funds                                               1                            1

Local match 4,059,351                 4,059,351

Federal funds                            178,434,065          178,434,065

Internal service funds                   10,989,945            13,689,945

Total                                    367,715,225          371,164,394

Sec. 73.  Sec. 264 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 264.  Debt service

Debt service                                65,481,831            67,331,459

Source of funds

General fund                               60,579,557            62,587,361

Transportation fund                       2,514,264              2,356,088

Special funds                                 2,388,010              2,388,010

Total                                      65,481,831            67,331,459

Sec. 74.  Sec. 265 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 265.  Total debt service                65,481,831            67,331,459

Source of funds

General fund                               60,579,557            62,587,361

Transportation fund                       2,514,264              2,356,088

Special funds                                 2,388,010              2,388,010

Total                                      65,481,831            67,331,459

Sec. 75.  Sec. 269 of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 269.  FEDERAL FUNDS

* * *

(c)  Any agreement, waiver of the federal Medicaid law, or commitment negotiated by the state with the federal government under which funding for the Medicaid program in Vermont is to be transformed from a system of state‑federal matching grants to any other system of federal participation, such as global funding commitments or block grants, is conditional upon approval by act of the general assembly, or if the general assembly is not in session, then by a majority vote of the members of the joint fiscal committee upon recommendation of the Health Access Oversight Committee.  For the purposes of this section, “Medicaid program” means any program for which Medicaid funding is currently spent or is anticipated to be spent, including Medicaid, the Vermont Health Access Plan, VHAP Pharmacy, VScript, special education services, home- and community‑based services, mental health services, services provided by the state ombudsman programs, or services for the developmentally disabled.  For the purposes of this section, “funding for the Medicaid program” also means federal allocations or other funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) if such funding is to be included in or accounted for in any negotiated system of federal participation, including a determination of budget neutrality.

Sec. 76.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2005:

(1)  The following amounts shall be transferred to the general fund from the fund indicated:

     Fidelity interest earnings                             482,000           Approx

     Abandoned property                              3,635,000           Approx

     Amortization of W.R. Grace                          8,792           Approx

     Caledonia Fair                                               5,000

     Cash Management

        Improvement Special Fund                       16,768           Approx

     Liquor Control  278,525                             Approx

     State & Local Government

        Securities swap                                      608,331

     Attny Gen-Surplus property                              148

     Attny Gen Fees- Reimbursements              500,000

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $8,876,351.00 shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2005, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances, or any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner, will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2006 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services, or maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

(3)  The following amounts shall be transferred to the transportation fund from the fund indicated:

21784     FPR - Darling & Mt. Philo State Park                    101,957

21005     FMS System Development Fund 1,560,000

Sec. 77.  REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2005 the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

1100060000    Vt Agricultural Credit Corp                           100,000

1100880404    Professional Regulation                                     3,132

1130010000    Libraries                                                         19,458

1130020000    Special Services                                             13,988

1210004000    Independent Health Care Policy                           368

1210880401    Seventeen Week Session                                     210

1220000100    Review DOC                                                 44,441

2130200000    Sheriffs                                                             6,868

2220000000    Labor & Industry                                          150,000

3480880401    Various projects - Springfield Prison               21,571

3480880402    Southern State Correctional Facility              100,540

3480889901    VCI Building                                                156,965

5100140000    Fiscal Review Panel                                          1,754

6130880202    Green Mountain Senior Games                         5,000

1260080000    Interest - Temp borrowing                              75,914

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2005 the following amounts shall revert to the transportation fund from the accounts indicated:

1240001000    Lieutenant Governor                                    5,380

2140010000    State Police                                             150,000

8100001100    Project Development                            6,176,296

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2005 the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

1260090000    Interest - Bonded Debt                            200,000

5100090000    Education Grant                                         75,582

5100100000    Transportation                                             7,481

5100110000    Small School Grant                                    12,695

5100120000    Debt Service Aid                                     131,386

5100130000    Local Share Property Tax                     1,156,954

Sec. 78.  USE AND APPROPRIATION OF THE GENERAL FUND

               SURPLUS RESERVE

(a)  Funds transferred  to the general fund surplus reserve in Sec. 288(a)(2) and (a)(10) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 are hereby made available for fiscal year 2005 appropriation.

Sec. 79.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD

              AUTHORITY

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation and education fund appropriations, and fish and wildlife fund appropriations for land acquisition, remaining unexpended at June 30, 2005 shall be carried forward and shall be reserved for expenditure.

Sec. 80.  Sec. 280(a) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

(a)  With respect to the transfer of $3,100,000.00 of general funds to the transportation fund in Sec. 81a of No. 80 of the Acts of 2004, and to the extent and in the amount that general funds are transferred to the transportation fund pursuant to Sec. 88 288(a)(3) of No. 80 122 of the Acts of 2004, such amounts of fiscal year 2005 transportation fund appropriations shall not be included in the calculation of the transportation fund budget stabilization reserve requirement for fiscal year 2006 under 32 V.S.A. § 308a(b), nor in the calculation of allowable transportation fund appropriations for fiscal year 2006 under 19 V.S.A. § 11a, nor in the calculation of the transfer requirements for fiscal year 2006 of the transportation equipment replacement account of the central garage fund under 19 V.S.A. § 13(c).

Sec. 81.  Sec. 56(a) of No. 160 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

(a)  To the extent funds are transferred to the transportation fund pursuant to Sec. 88 288(a)(3) of No. 80 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004), as amended, such funds are authorized for expenditure as follows:

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Sec. 82.  Sec. 288(a)(7) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

(7)  Seventh, $4,000,000.00 shall be transferred is appropriated to the state teachers’ retirement fund;

Sec. 83.  GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  $822,000.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the facilities operations revolving fund.

(b)  $4,292,873.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the Vermont health access trust fund.

(c)  $462,732.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the state forest and parks revolving fund.

(d)  $3,830.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the general government projects fund (Fund # 31100).

(e)  $1,400,000.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the transportation fund.

(f)  $2,900,000.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to the financial management system development special fund for the VISION upgrade.  Any amount not needed for the upgrade shall be retained in the fund to begin establishing a reserve for the expected future upgrades.

(g)  $114,063.00 in general funds is hereby transferred to human resources payroll agency fund accounts to eliminate various deficits.

Sec. 84.  3 V.S.A. § 3086 is amended to read:

§ 3086.  Administrative services Operations division

(a)  The administrative services operations division of the agency is created.  It shall be administered by a director of administration and rate setting, who shall be in the classified service.  The director shall also be head of the division of rate setting pursuant to 33 V.S.A. § 902(b).

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(c)  Other provisions of the law notwithstanding, all administrative services functions delegated to other components of the agency shall be performed within the agency by the administrative services operations division.

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Sec. 85.  20 V.S.A. § 2738 is amended to read:

§ 2738.  Fire safety special fund

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(b)  Fees collected under subsection (a) shall be available to the department of public safety to offset the costs of the fire safety program.

(b)(c)  The commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts to this fund and issue warrants based thereon.

Sec. 86.  Sec. 288(a)(5)(V) of No. 122 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

(V)  $50,000.00 to the agency of commerce and community development for a supplemental grant to the Vermont world trade office to be used to leverage federal funding grants for the promotion and enhancement of international trade by Vermont businesses;

Sec. 87.  32 V.S.A. § 305a is amended to read:

§ 305a.  Official state revenue estimate

On or about January 15 and on or about July 15 of each year, and at such other times as the emergency board or the governor deems proper, the joint fiscal office and the secretary of administration shall provide to the emergency board their respective estimates of state revenues in the general, transportation, education, and health access trust, and federal funds for the current and next succeeding fiscal yearsThe January revenue estimate shall be for the current and next two succeeding fiscal years, and the July revenue estimate shall be for the current and immediately succeeding fiscal years. Federal fund estimates shall be provided at the same times for the current fiscal year.  Within 10 days of receipt of such estimates, the board shall determine an official state revenue estimate for deposit in the general fund, the transportation fund, education fund, health access trust fund, and federal funds for the current and next succeeding fiscal years respective funds for the years covered by the estimates.  For the purpose of revising an official revenue estimate only, a majority of the legislative members of the emergency board may convene a meeting of the board.  The health access trust fund estimate shall include estimated caseloads and estimated per member per month expenditures for the current and next succeeding fiscal years for each population category eligible for state health care assistance supported by the fund.

Sec. 87a.  10 V.S.A. § 222 is amended to read:

§ 222.  INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MORTGAGE INSURANCE FUND

There is hereby created an industrial building mortgage insurance fund, hereinafter called the fund, which shall be used by the authority as a nonlapsing revolving fund for the purposes of this subchapter.  To the fund may be charged any operating expenses of the authority, and to it shall be charged all interest and principal payments required to be paid under any insurance contract.  To it shall be credited all income of the authority under this subchapter, including mortgage insurance premiums and proceeds from the sale, disposal, or lease of projects, and amounts advanced transferred to the authority under the provisions of section 223 of this title.

Sec. 87b.  10 V.S.A. § 222a is added to read:

§ 222a.  INDEMNIFICATION FUND

There is hereby created an indemnification fund to be held by the state treasurer to support the activities of the authority under this subchapter and subchapter 8 of this chapter.  The fund shall not be subject to the provisions of subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.  To the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  all annual net revenues to the state from the funds created under sections 222 (industrial building mortgage insurance fund) and 279 (Vermont financial access program) of this title; and

(2)  all interest and other earnings of the fund.

Sec. 87c.  10 V.S.A. § 223 is amended to read:

§ 223.  CREDIT OF THE STATE PLEDGED

The full faith and credit of the state is pledged to the support of the activities of the authority under this subchapter.  In furtherance of the pledge, the state treasurer is authorized and directed to advance transfer to the fund, without further approval, first from the indemnification fund and then from available cash in the treasury or from the proceeds of bonds or notes issued under this section, such additional amounts as may be requested from time to time by the authority to enable it to perform all insurance contracts punctually and in accordance with their terms.  The authority shall request such advances transfers from time to time as additional amounts are required for such purposes.  The treasurer is authorized and directed, without further approval, to issue full faith and credit bonds of the state, from time to time, in amounts equal to advances made under this section and section 279b of this title necessary to support the activities of the authority under this subchapter and subchapter 8 of this chapter, but not to exceed an aggregate of $35,000,000.00 at any one time outstanding, and to borrow upon notes of the state in anticipation of the proceeds of such bonds.  Any bonds under this subchapter shall be issued pursuant to the provisions of chapter 13 of Title 32, except that the approval of the governor shall not be required previous to their issuance by the treasurer.

Sec. 87d.  10 V.S.A. § 229 is amended to read:

§ 229.  USE OF RECOVERIES

All recoveries from the liquidation of assets or capital facilities which are not required to maintain or manage property under the control of the authority shall with available balances from the authority’s insurance accounts, be used to pay the amortization and interest payments on bonds issued by the state treasurer for the purposes of this subchapter be credited to the fund created under section 222a of this title.  If the recoveries and insurance accounts are insufficient to provide for these debt service payments on any bonds pursuant to section 223 of this title, the necessary amounts shall be paid from the general fund.

Sec. 87e.  10 V.S.A. § 279b(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The state treasurer is authorized and directed to advance transfer to the fund, without further approval, first from the indemnification fund created under section 222a of this title and then from available cash in the treasury or from the proceeds of full faith and credit bonds or notes issued pursuant to section 223 of this title, such amounts as may be requested from time to time by the authority to enable it to perform its obligations under this subchapter. 

Sec. 87f.  VEDA; INDEMNIFICATION FUND CAPITALIZATION

(a)  $100,000.00 of the payments of interest received annually during fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007 from the Vermont economic development authority upon the authority’s note to the state dated May 15, 2003 shall be paid into the VEDA indemnification fund created in 10 V.S.A. § 222a.

Sec. 87g.  Sec. 104 of No. 121 of the Acts of 2004 is amended to read:

Sec. 104.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage, except that state aid under Secs. 58 (energy performance contracting in schools) and 59 (renewable energy in schools) of this act shall be awarded from capital appropriations made during and after the 2005 legislative session.  The sums appropriated and spending authority authorized by this act shall be continuing and shall not revert at the end of the fiscal year. 

Sec. 88.  EFFECTIVE DATE

(a)  This act shall take effect from passage.

Approved:  March 26, 2005



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