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H.516

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL - Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 2.  PURPOSE

(a)  The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2006.  It is the express intent of the general assembly that activities of the various agencies, departments, divisions, boards, and commissions be limited to those which can be supported by funds appropriated in this act or other acts passed prior to       June 30, 2005.  Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2006 so as to meet this condition unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act or other acts of the general assembly.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly that this act serve as the primary source and reference for appropriations for fiscal year 2006.

(b)  The sums herein stated are appropriated for the purposes specified in the following sections of this act.  When no time is expressly stated during which any of the appropriations are to continue, the appropriations are

single-year appropriations, and only for the purpose indicated, and shall be paid from funds shown as the source of funds.  If in this act there is an error in either addition or subtraction, the totals shall be adjusted accordingly.  Apparent errors in referring to section numbers of statutory titles within this act may be disregarded by the commissioner of finance and management.

(c)  Unless codified or otherwise specified, all narrative portions of this act apply only to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006.

(d)  The balance of any appropriations remaining unexpended and unencumbered at the end of the fiscal year shall revert to the appropriate fund balance unless otherwise specified in this act or other acts of the general assembly.  Refunds of expenditures and reimbursements shall be credited to the appropriate fund and to appropriation accounts in the current fiscal year.

Sec. 4.  DEFINITIONS

(a)  For the purposes of this act:

(1)  "Encumbrances" means a portion of an appropriation reserved for the subsequent payment of existing purchase orders or contracts.  The commissioner of finance and management shall make final decisions on the appropriateness of encumbrances.

(2)  "Grants" means subsidies, aid, or payments to local governments, to community and quasi-public agencies for providing local services, and to persons who are not wards of the state for services or supplies, and cash or other direct assistance, including pension contributions.

(3)  "Operating expenses" means property management, repair and maintenance, rental expenses, insurance, postage, travel, energy and utilities, office and other supplies, equipment including motor vehicles, highway materials and construction, expenditures for the purchase of land, and construction of new buildings and permanent improvements; and similar items.

(4)  "Personal services" means wages and salaries, fringe benefits, per diems, and contracted third-party services; and similar items.

Sec. 5.  Secretary of administration - secretary's office

                  Personal services                                            394,340

                  Operating expenses                                          51,583

                       Total                                                         445,923

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   395,821

                  Transportation fund                                          50,102

                       Total                                                         445,923


Sec. 6.  IN-STATE TRAVEL REDUCTION

(a)  The secretary of administration is directed to reduce in-state travel budgets by $600,000 in general funds throughout the executive branch of state government and in place of this funding, encourage departments and agencies to utilize Vermont interactive television for meetings.  The secretary shall report to the House and Senate appropriations committees by the end of December 2006 on the use of Vermont interactive television by state agencies and departments during fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 7.  Information and innovation - GOVnet

                  Personal services                                            567,046

                  Operating expenses                                        189,353

                       Total                                                         756,399

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                      756,399

Sec. 8.  Information and innovation - communications and information technology

                  Personal services                                         3,482,819

                  Operating expenses                                        563,177

                       Total                                                      4,045,996

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   4,045,996

Sec. 9.   Finance and management - financial operations

                  Personal services                                         2,139,003

                  Operating expenses                                     1,203,059

                       Total                                                      3,342,062

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   3,342,062

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), financial management fund charges not to exceed $4,295,964, plus the costs of fiscal year 2006 salary increases bargained as part of the State/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.  Of this amount, $867,229 will be used to support the HRMS system that is operated by the department of human resources.

Sec. 10.  Finance and management - budget and management

                  Personal services                                            908,332

                  Operating expenses                                        128,752

                       Total                                                      1,037,084

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   816,881

                  Transportation fund                                        111,313

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               108,890

                       Total                                                      1,037,084


Sec. 11.  Human resources - operations

                  Personal services                                         1,606,082

                  Operating expenses                                        314,842

                       Total                                                      1,920,924

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,281,126

                  Transportation fund                                        347,778

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               292,020

                       Total                                                      1,920,924

Sec. 12.   Human resources - HR workforce planning & employment services

                  Personal services                                            841,435

                  Operating expenses                                        301,357

                       Total                                                      1,142,792

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   708,084

                  Transportation fund                                        199,708

                  Special funds                                                  235,000

                       Total                                                      1,142,792

Sec. 13.  Human resources - employee benefits & wellness

                  Personal services                                         1,448,884


                  Operating expenses                                        355,564

                       Total                                                      1,804,448

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   1,804,448

Sec. 14.  Human resources - information technology

                  Personal services                                            515,184

                  Operating expenses                                        370,605

                       Total                                                         885,789

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                      885,789

Sec. 15.  Libraries

                  Personal services                                         1,881,114

                  Operating expenses                                     1,573,421

                  Grants                                                              70,000

                       Total                                                      3,524,535

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,328,186

                  Special funds                                                  227,820

                  Federal funds                                                 812,529

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               156,000

                       Total                                                      3,524,535

Sec. 16.  Tax - administration/collection

                  Personal services                                       11,477,404

                  Operating expenses                                     2,684,071

                       Total                                                    14,161,475

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              13,167,874

                  Transportation fund                                        213,601

                  Tobacco fund                                                   58,000

                  Special funds                                                  542,000

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               180,000

                       Total                                                    14,161,475

Sec. 17.  Buildings and general services - administration

                  Personal services                                         1,438,892

                  Operating expenses                                        109,308

                       Total                                                      1,548,200

             Source of funds

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            1,548,200

Sec. 18.  Buildings and general services - engineering

                  Personal services                                         1,876,190

                  Operating expenses                                        444,472

                       Total                                                      2,320,662

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,173,473

                  Transportation fund                                        102,189

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 45,000

                       Total                                                      2,320,662

Sec. 19.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                  Personal services                                         3,294,693

                  Operating expenses                                     1,102,513

                  Grants                                                            370,000

                       Total                                                      4,767,206

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                     42,914

                  Transportation fund                                     4,724,292

                       Total                                                      4,767,206

(a)  The service hours of the information centers shall remain at the fiscal year 2005 level.

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services - purchasing

                  Personal services                                            704,895

                  Operating expenses                                        169,370

                       Total                                                         874,265


             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   656,618

                  Transportation fund                                        217,647

                       Total                                                         874,265

Sec. 21.  Buildings and general services - public records

                  Personal services                                            863,949

                  Operating expenses                                        701,543

                       Total                                                      1,565,492

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,071,612

                  Transportation fund                                        182,620

                  Special funds                                                  311,260

                       Total                                                      1,565,492

Sec. 22.  Buildings and general services - postal services

                  Personal services                                            599,500

                  Operating expenses                                        142,952

                       Total                                                         742,452

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                     40,000

                  Transportation fund                                          30,000


                  Internal service funds                                      672,452

                       Total                                                         742,452

Sec. 23.  Buildings and general services - copy center

                  Personal services                                            788,629

                  Operating expenses                                        215,702

                       Total                                                      1,004,331

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   1,004,331

Sec. 24.  Buildings and general services - supply center

                  Personal services                                            246,376

                  Operating expenses                                        132,601

                       Total                                                         378,977

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                      378,977

Sec. 25.  Buildings and general services - federal surplus property

                  Personal services                                              63,749

                  Operating expenses                                          70,299

                       Total                                                         134,048

             Source of funds

                  Enterprise funds                                              134,048


Sec. 26.  Buildings and general services - state surplus property

                  Personal services                                              58,930

                  Operating expenses                                          65,680

                       Total                                                         124,610

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                      124,610

Sec. 27.  Buildings and general services - property management

                  Personal services                                         1,240,936

                  Operating expenses                                     2,606,448

                       Total                                                      3,847,384

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   3,847,384

Sec. 28.  Buildings and general services - all other insurance

                  Personal services                                              59,648

                  Operating expenses                                          11,739

                       Total                                                           71,387

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                        71,387

Sec. 29.  Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

                  Personal services                                            223,314


                  Operating expenses                                          38,632

                       Total                                                         261,946

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                      261,946

Sec. 30.  Buildings and general services - workers' compensation insurance

                  Personal services                                            958,583

                  Operating expenses                                        152,019

                       Total                                                      1,110,602

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                   1,110,602

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. §  307(e), workers' compensation fund charges not to exceed $8,664,387, plus the costs of fiscal year 2006 salary increases bargained as part of the State/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

Sec. 31.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

                  Personal services                                       10,171,022

                  Operating expenses                                     9,960,599

                       Total                                                    20,131,621

             Source of funds

                  Internal service funds                                 20,131,621

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $20,131,621, plus the costs of fiscal year 2006 salary increases bargained as part of the State/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

Sec. 32.  Geographic information system

                  Grants                                                            393,957

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                  393,957

Sec. 33.  Auditor of accounts

                  Personal services                                         1,866,196

                  Operating expenses                                        103,338

                       Total                                                      1,969,534

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   468,742

                  Transportation fund                                          59,317

                  Special funds                                                    54,455

                  Internal service funds                                   1,387,020

                       Total                                                      1,969,534

Sec. 34.  State treasurer

                  Personal services                                         2,158,253

                  Operating expenses                                        329,009


                  Grants                                                              25,000

                       Total                                                      2,512,262

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   837,580

                  Transportation fund                                        104,035

                  Special funds                                               1,475,133

                  Private purpose trust fund                                 95,514

                       Total                                                      2,512,262

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000 shall be deposited into the armed services scholarship fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2541.

Sec. 35.  State treasurer - abandoned property

                  Personal services                                            541,534

                  Operating expenses                                        242,188

                       Total                                                         783,722

             Source of funds

                  Private purpose trust fund                               783,722

Sec. 36.  Vermont state retirement system

                  Personal services                                       20,448,159

                  Operating expenses                                        729,324

                       Total                                                    21,177,483


             Source of funds

                  Pension trust fund                                      21,177,483

Sec. 37.  Municipal employees' retirement system

                  Personal services                                         1,427,518

                  Operating expenses                                        213,732

                       Total                                                      1,641,250

             Source of funds

                  Pension trust fund                                        1,641,250

Sec. 38.  State labor relations board

                  Personal services                                            157,439

                  Operating expenses                                          40,128

                       Total                                                         197,567

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   187,100

                  Transportation fund                                            4,597

                  Special funds                                                      5,870

                       Total                                                         197,567

Sec. 39.  Executive office - governor's office

                  Personal services                                         1,158,112

                  Operating expenses                                        369,756

                       Total                                                      1,527,868

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,206,200

                  Transportation fund                                        157,483

                  Special funds                                                      3,185

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               161,000

                       Total                                                      1,527,868

Sec. 40.  Executive office - national and community service

                  Personal services                                            191,634

                  Operating expenses                                        121,871

                  Grants                                                         1,745,415

                       Total                                                      2,058,920

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                     56,528

                  Federal funds                                              2,002,392

                       Total                                                      2,058,920

Sec. 41.  VOSHA review board

                  Personal services                                              31,652

                  Operating expenses                                            8,542

                       Total                                                           40,194

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                     20,097

                  Federal funds                                                   20,097

                       Total                                                           40,194

Sec. 42.  Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

                  Grants                                                         6,898,455

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                4,569,542

                  Transportation fund                                     2,328,913

                       Total                                                      6,898,455

Sec. 43.  Lieutenant governor

                  Personal services                                            118,723

                  Operating expenses                                          17,649

                       Total                                                         136,372

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   117,089

                  Transportation fund                                          19,283

                       Total                                                         136,372

Sec. 44.  Legislature

                  Personal services                                         2,925,702


                  Operating expenses                                     2,191,219

                       Total                                                      5,116,921

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                4,414,316

                  Transportation fund                                        702,605

                       Total                                                      5,116,921

Sec. 45.  Legislative council

                  Personal services                                         1,685,880

                  Operating expenses                                        136,604

                       Total                                                      1,822,484

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,588,701

                  Transportation fund                                        233,783

                       Total                                                      1,822,484

(a)  The amount of $30,000 general funds that are carried forward in this appropriation shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 46.  Legislative information technology

                  Personal services                                            309,186

                  Operating expenses                                        234,227

                       Total                                                         543,413


             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   543,413

(a)  The amount of $20,000 general funds that are carried forward in this appropriation shall revert to the general fund in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 47.  Sergeant at arms

                  Personal services                                            438,870

                  Operating expenses                                          62,909

                       Total                                                         501,779

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   461,044

                  Transportation fund                                          40,735

                       Total                                                         501,779

Sec. 48.  Joint fiscal committee

                  Personal services                                            945,988

                  Operating expenses                                          72,385

                       Total                                                      1,018,373

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   882,901

                  Transportation fund                                        135,472

                       Total                                                      1,018,373


Sec. 49.  Lottery commission

                  Personal services                                         1,279,592

                  Operating expenses                                        977,167

                       Total                                                      2,256,759

             Source of funds

                  Enterprise funds                                           2,256,759

(a)  The lottery commission shall not reduce funding for the responsible gambling program.

(b)  The lottery commission shall transfer $90,000 to the department of health, office of alcohol and drug abuse programs to support the gambling addiction program.

Sec. 50.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                  Grants                                                         2,500,000

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   600,000

                  Special funds                                               1,900,000

                       Total                                                      2,500,000

(a)  The above appropriation is for state payments in lieu of property taxes under subchapter 4 of chapter 123 of Title 32, and the payments shall be calculated in addition to, and without regard to, the appropriations for PILOT for Montpelier and correctional facilities elsewhere in this act.

Sec. 51.  Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier

                  Grants                                                            184,000

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   184,000

Sec. 52.  Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

                  Grants                                                              40,000

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                     40,000

Sec. 53.  Total general government                            124,671,923

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              38,259,842

                  Transportation fund                                     9,965,473

                  Special funds                                               5,148,680

                  Tobacco fund                                                   58,000

                  Federal funds                                              2,835,018

                  Enterprise funds                                           2,390,807

                  Internal service funds                                 39,825,024

                  Pension trust funds                                     22,818,733

                  Private purpose trust funds                              879,236

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            2,491,110

                       Total                                                  124,671,923

Sec. 54.  Protection to persons and property - attorney general

                  Personal services                                         5,356,126

                  Operating expenses                                        899,563

                       Total                                                      6,255,689

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,822,155

                  Transportation fund                                          69,615

                  Special funds                                               1,112,209

                  Tobacco fund                                                 290,000

                  Federal funds                                                 617,000

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            1,344,710

                       Total                                                      6,255,689

(a)  In addition to the amounts of interdepartmental transfer provided in this section, there is transferred to the Attorney General from the funds appropriated to the Department of Taxes in Sec. 16 of this act the amount of $25,000.  This amount shall be reserved by the attorney general for payment of expenses incurred by towns in defense of grand list appeals engaged in litigation with the Washington electric cooperative.

Sec. 55.  Vermont court diversion

                  Grants                                                         1,525,071

 

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   981,093

                  Transportation fund                                        143,978

                  Special funds                                                  400,000

                       Total                                                      1,525,071

Sec. 56.  Center for crime victims services

                  Personal services                                         1,035,455

                  Operating expenses                                        220,612

                  Grants                                                         7,380,277

                       Total                                                      8,636,344

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   973,644

                  Special funds                                               3,541,155

                  Federal funds                                              4,058,345

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 63,200

                       Total                                                      8,636,344

(a)  The center shall explore credit card use to facilitate restitution payments from offenders.

Sec. 57.  State's attorneys

                  Personal services                                         7,839,731


                  Operating expenses                                     1,203,460

                       Total                                                      9,043,191

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                6,844,334

                  Transportation fund                                        369,310

                  Special funds                                                  146,375

                  Federal funds                                                     5,000

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            1,678,172

                       Total                                                      9,043,191

Sec. 58.  Sheriffs

                  Personal services                                         2,702,546

                  Operating expenses                                        307,269

                       Total                                                      3,009,815

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,439,576

                  Transportation fund                                        570,239

                       Total                                                      3,009,815

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000 shall be transferred to the state's attorney’s office as reimbursement for the cost of the executive director's salary.


Sec. 59.  Defender general - public defense

                  Personal services                                         5,661,740

                  Operating expenses                                        636,231

                       Total                                                      6,297,971

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                5,181,318

                  Transportation fund                                        495,230

                  Special funds                                                  502,502

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               118,921

                       Total                                                      6,297,971

Sec. 60.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                  Personal services                                         2,734,829

                  Operating expenses                                          52,850

                       Total                                                      2,787,679

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,448,441

                  Transportation fund                                        239,238

                  Special funds                                                  100,000

                       Total                                                      2,787,679

Sec. 61.  Military - administration

                  Personal services                                            450,746

                  Operating expenses                                        152,035

                  Grants                                                            200,000

                       Total                                                         802,781

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   802,781

(a)  Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $200,000 shall be disbursed to the Vermont student assistance corporation to replenish to $200,000 the amount available for the national guard scholarship program established in 16 V.S.A. § 2856.  At the end of fiscal year 2006, any part of the $200,000 appropriation not transferred to the Vermont student assistance corporation shall be reverted to the general fund.

(b)  Total disbursements by the Vermont student assistance corporation under 16 V.S.A. § 2856 shall not exceed $200,000 in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 62.  Military - air service contract

                  Personal services                                         3,838,895

                  Operating expenses                                        837,681

                       Total                                                      4,676,576

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   322,658

                  Federal funds                                              4,353,918

                       Total                                                      4,676,576

Sec. 63.  Military - army service contract

                  Personal services                                         2,692,018

                  Operating expenses                                     5,780,134

                       Total                                                      8,472,152

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   110,470

                  Federal funds                                              8,361,682

                       Total                                                      8,472,152

Sec. 64.  Military - building maintenance

                  Personal services                                            883,960

                  Operating expenses                                        383,512

                       Total                                                      1,267,472

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,267,472

Sec. 65.  Military - veterans' affairs

                  Personal services                                            246,316

                  Operating expenses                                        108,740

                  Grants                                                            121,165

                       Total                                                         476,221

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   476,221

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $15,000 shall be used for continuation of the Vermont Medal Program, $40,000 shall be used to provide assistance to the survivors of casualties in the War on Terrorism, $10,000 shall be used for the expenses of the governor's Veterans' Advisory Council, and $15,000 shall be used for the Veterans' day Parade.

Sec. 66.  Labor and industry

                  Personal services                                         3,365,123

                  Operating expenses                                        789,650

                  Grants                                                              75,000

                       Total                                                      4,229,773

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   836,000

                  Special funds                                               2,254,281

                  Federal funds                                              1,139,492

                       Total                                                      4,229,773

Sec. 67.  Criminal justice training council

                  Personal services                                            873,949

                  Operating expenses                                        880,979

                       Total                                                      1,754,928

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   902,574

                  Transportation fund                                        281,919

                  Special funds                                                  500,435

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 70,000

                       Total                                                      1,754,928

Sec. 68.  Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

                  Personal services                                         1,557,469

                  Operating expenses                                        155,685

                       Total                                                      1,713,154

             Source of funds

                  Tobacco fund                                                 289,768

                  Enterprise funds                                           1,423,386

                       Total                                                      1,713,154

Sec. 69.  Liquor control - administration

                  Personal services                                         1,250,029

                  Operating expenses                                        352,646

                       Total                                                      1,602,675

             Source of funds

                  Enterprise funds                                           1,602,675

Sec. 70.  Liquor control - warehousing and distribution

                  Personal services                                            716,954


                  Operating expenses                                        165,065

                       Total                                                         882,019

             Source of funds

                  Enterprise funds                                              882,019

Sec. 71.  Vermont racing commission

                  Personal services                                                2,076

                  Operating expenses                                            2,924

                       Total                                                             5,000

             Source of funds

                    General fund                                                      5,000

Sec. 72.  Secretary of state

                  Personal services                                         3,543,036

                  Operating expenses                                     2,746,911

                       Total                                                      6,289,947

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   583,525

                  Special funds                                               3,631,422

                  Federal funds                                              2,000,000

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 75,000

                       Total                                                      6,289,947

(a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, the corporation division of the secretary of state's office represents $456,403 and these funds shall be from the securities regulation and supervision fund in accordance with 9 V.S.A.     § 4230(b).

Sec. 73.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - banking

                  Personal services                                         1,141,527

                  Operating expenses                                        248,745

                       Total                                                      1,390,272

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               1,390,272

(a)  Notwithstanding 9 V.S.A. § 4230(b), in fiscal year 2006, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration may transfer up to $200,000 from the securities regulation and supervision fund to the banking supervision fund, established in 8 V.S.A. § 19(f).

Sec. 74.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - insurance

                  Personal services                                         3,017,341

                  Operating expenses                                        530,135

                       Total                                                      3,547,476


             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               3,547,476

Sec. 75.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - captive

                  Personal services                                         2,565,519

                  Operating expenses                                        387,214

                       Total                                                      2,952,733

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               2,952,733

Sec. 76.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - securities

                  Personal services                                            519,436

                  Operating expenses                                        130,100

                       Total                                                         649,536

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                  649,536

Sec. 77.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health care administration

                  Personal services                                         3,609,269

                  Operating expenses                                        358,002

                       Total                                                      3,967,271

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   469,832

                  Special funds                                               3,397,439

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               100,000

                       Total                                                      3,967,271

Sec. 78.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - administration

                  Personal services                                            922,370

                  Operating expenses                                          48,000

                       Total                                                         970,370

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                  970,370

Sec. 79.  Public safety - administration

                  Personal services                                         1,380,609

                  Operating expenses                                          27,548

                  Grants                                                              22,000

                       Total                                                      1,430,157

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,430,157

(a)  The department of public safety shall provide business manager services for the Vermont criminal justice training council.

(b)  The above appropriation does not include any funds for the position of deputy commissioner, which has not been authorized by the general assembly.

(c)  The department of public safety shall submit a plan for development of a statewide public safety communications system to the house and senate committees on appropriations and government operations and the joint fiscal committee.  No funds are to be expended for design, acquisition or implementation of a new statewide public safety communications system pending review by the aforementioned committees and approval by the joint fiscal committee.

(d)  The law enforcement advisory board is requested to include comments and recommendations on the proposed statewide public safety communications system in its next report to the governor and the general assembly.

Sec. 80.  Public safety - homeland security

                  Personal services                                            851,441

                  Operating expenses                                        974,324

                  Grants                                                       11,771,817

                       Total                                                    13,597,582

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   363,007

                  Federal funds                                            13,217,575

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 17,000

                       Total                                                    13,597,582

Sec. 81.  Public safety - Vermont state police

                  Personal services                                       35,607,326

                  Operating expenses                                     6,301,664

                  Grants                                                         1,759,547

                       Total                                                    43,668,537

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              16,774,274

                  Transportation fund                                   18,455,988

                  Special funds                                               3,434,048

                  Federal funds                                              4,458,538

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               545,689

                       Total                                                    43,668,537

(a)  The above appropriation for personal services provides funding for 316 state troopers, including 10 “corridor” troopers.  Three additional troopers are funded in the homeland security section for a total of 319, the same number as in fiscal year 2005.  The above appropriation for operating expenses includes $942,000 for the purchase of replacement vehicles.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $35,000 in special funds shall be available for snowmobile law enforcement activities, and $35,000 in general funds shall be available to the southern Vermont wilderness search and rescue team, which comprises state police, the department of fish and wildlife, county sheriffs and local law enforcement personnel in Bennington, Windham, and Windsor counties for snowmobile enforcement.

(c)  Of the $230,000 allocated for local heroin interdiction grants funded in this section, $190,000 shall be used by the Vermont drug task force to fund three (3) town task force officers. These town task force officers will be dedicated to heroin and heroin-related drug (e.g. methadone, oxycontin, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine) enforcement efforts.  The remaining $40,000 shall remain as a "pool" of money available to local and county law enforcement to fund overtime costs associated with heroin investigations.  Any unexpended funds from prior fiscal years shall be carried forward.

Sec. 82.  Public safety - criminal justice services

                  Personal services                                         4,903,618

                  Operating expenses                                     3,585,669

                  Grants                                                         3,969,200

                       Total                                                    12,458,487

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   250,000

                  Transportation fund                                     4,100,407

                  Special funds                                               1,256,685

                  Federal funds                                              6,272,395

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               579,000

                       Total                                                    12,458,487

(a)  The commissioner of buildings and general services shall submit a plan for the design and construction of a new forensics laboratory to the house and senate committees on appropriations, government operations and institutions; the house committee on human services; the joint fiscal committee; and the secretary of administration.  This plan, with funding requirements, shall be submitted on or before December 15, 2005.  The funds required to implement this plan shall be included in the governor’s budget request for fiscal year 2007.

Sec. 83.  Public safety - emergency management

                  Personal services                                         1,495,775

                  Operating expenses                                        532,443

                  Grants                                                            630,012

                       Total                                                      2,658,230

             Source of funds

                  Transportation fund                                          63,969

                  Special funds                                                  367,903

                  Federal funds                                              2,223,858


                  Interdepartmental transfer                                   2,500

                       Total                                                      2,658,230

Sec. 84.  Radiological emergency response plan

                  Personal services                                            548,205

                  Operating expenses                                        271,030

                  Grants                                                            496,112

                       Total                                                      1,315,347

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               1,315,347

(a)  Of the above appropriation, the grants to the department of health are increased by $13,911 over fiscal year 2005 and are level-funded for other state agencies.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $87,028 is provided to establish a western reception center.  This is subject to selection and approval of a site by the commissioner of public safety and VEM/RERP in collaboration with officials of the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ).

(c)  The radiological emergency response plan (RERP) functions and funding shall be a separate appropriation in fiscal year 2006 and henceforth.

(d)  In fiscal year 2006, the division of emergency management in collaboration with the state agencies, the management of the nuclear power plant, the selectboards of the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality defined by the state as required to support the RERP plan shall develop the budget for expenditures from the radiological emergency response plan fund for fiscal year 2007 following the provisions of 20 V.S.A. § 38(a).  From the fund, each town within the emergency planning zone shall receive an annual base payment of no less than $5,000 for radiological emergency response related expenditures.  Additional expenditures by the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality defined by the state as required to support the plan shall be determined during the budget development established by this section.

(e)  Of the above special fund appropriation, up to $30,000 shall be available to contract with any radio station serving the emergency planning zone for the emergency alert system.

Sec. 85.  Public safety - fire safety

                  Personal services                                         3,140,922

                  Operating expenses                                     1,029,628

                       Total                                                      4,170,550

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   582,688

                  Transportation fund                                          80,964

                  Special funds                                               3,195,514

                  Federal funds                                                   92,384

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               219,000

                       Total                                                      4,170,550

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $50,000 shall be granted to the Vermont rural fire protection task force for the purpose of designing dry hydrants.

Sec. 86.  Agriculture, food and markets - administration

                  Personal services                                            780,196

                  Operating expenses                                        453,668

                  Grants                                                            342,004

                       Total                                                      1,575,868

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,409,035

                  Special funds                                                    17,216

                  Federal funds                                                   91,004

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 58,613

                       Total                                                      1,575,868

Sec. 87.  Agriculture, food and markets - food safety and consumer protection

                  Personal services                                         2,233,887

                  Operating expenses                                        281,572

                  Grants                                                         2,901,492

                       Total                                                      5,416,951

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,381,891

                  Transportation fund                                          38,862

                  Special funds                                               3,217,115

                  Federal funds                                                 772,083

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                   7,000

                       Total                                                      5,416,951

Sec. 88.  Agriculture, food and markets - agricultural development

                  Personal services                                            816,602

                  Operating expenses                                        504,152

                  Grants                                                         1,049,421

                       Total                                                      2,370,175

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   609,472

                  Special funds                                               1,571,703

                  Federal funds                                                 189,000

                       Total                                                      2,370,175


Sec. 89.  Agriculture, food and markets - laboratories, agricultural resource management and environmental stewardship

                  Personal services                                         3,003,076

                  Operating expenses                                        554,576

                  Grants                                                            551,000

                       Total                                                      4,108,652

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,805,695

                  Special funds                                               1,432,845

                  Federal funds                                                 598,324

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               271,788

                       Total                                                      4,108,652

Sec. 90.  Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

                  Grants                                                            175,000

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   175,000

Sec. 91.  Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

                  Personal services                                              20,000

                  Operating expenses                                          70,000

                       Total                                                           90,000


             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                    90,000

Sec. 92.  Public service - regulation and energy

                  Personal services                                         4,464,769

                  Operating expenses                                        631,466

                  Grants                                                            800,000

                       Total                                                      5,896,235

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               4,713,435

                  Federal funds                                              1,157,800

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 25,000

                       Total                                                      5,896,235

Sec. 93.  Public service - purchase and sale of power

                  Personal services                                              10,600

                  Operating expenses                                            2,215

                       Total                                                           12,815

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                    12,815

Sec. 94.  Enhanced 9-1-1 board

                  Personal services                                         2,020,257


                  Operating expenses                                        397,331

                       Total                                                      2,417,588

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               2,417,588

Sec. 95.  Public service board

                  Personal services                                         2,380,294

                  Operating expenses                                        310,000

                       Total                                                      2,690,294

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               2,690,294

Sec. 96.  Judiciary

                  Personal services                                       24,276,133

                  Operating expenses                                     6,576,667

                       Total                                                    30,852,800

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              24,803,705

                  Transportation fund                                     3,028,595

                  Special funds                                                  622,500

                  Tobacco fund                                                   40,000

                  Federal funds                                                 333,000


                  Interdepartmental transfer                            2,025,000

                       Total                                                    30,852,800

(a)  The court administrator shall develop and submit a plan, budget, and draft legislation, if needed, to implement a system of court security by a single provider in fiscal year 2007.  This plan shall be reported to the house and senate committees on appropriations and judiciary and the secretary of administration no later than November 1, 2005.  General and special funds for implementing this plan shall be included in the governor’s fiscal year 2007 budget request.

Sec. 97.  10 V.S.A. § 6618(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The secretary may authorize disbursements from the solid waste management assistance account for the purpose of enhancing solid waste management in the state in accordance with the adopted waste management plan.  This includes:

* * *

(7)  a portion of the costs of administering the waste facility panel established under subchapter 5 of chapter 151 of this title environmental court established under chapter 27 of Title 4.  The amount of $120,000.00 per fiscal year shall be disbursed for this purpose;

* * *


Sec. 98.  Human rights commission

                  Personal services                                            353,523

                  Operating expenses                                          84,182

                       Total                                                         437,705

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   278,014

                  Federal funds                                                 159,691

                       Total                                                         437,705

Sec. 99.  Total protection to persons and property     218,574,089

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              77,330,032

                  Transportation fund                                   27,938,314

                  Special funds                                             51,451,213

                  Education fund                                                 25,000

                  Tobacco fund                                                 619,768

                  Federal funds                                            50,101,089

                  Enterprise funds                                           3,908,080

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            7,200,593

                       Total                                                  218,574,089

Sec. 100.  Human services - agency of human services - secretary's office

                  Personal services                                         3,686,296

                  Operating expenses                                     1,245,070

                  Grants                                                         7,590,086

                       Total                                                    12,521,452

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                4,427,256

                  Tobacco fund                                              1,375,845

                  Federal funds                                              5,718,351

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            1,000,000

                       Total                                                    12,521,452

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services or who utilize a qualified intermediary service organization providing services on behalf of the state shall not be considered state employees, except for purposes of 21 V.S.A. chapter 17.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the state may provide workers' compensation coverage to workers employed by persons who receive assistance from the agency of human services to procure attendant, personal care, or respite services, and the state shall not be considered their employer. The state may also either permit a qualified intermediary service organization to purchase group insurance policies for persons served by their organization, or deem such persons to be members of an association and eligible for self insurance under 21 V.S.A. § 687a for purposes of providing workers' compensation.  This provision is intended solely to reduce costs of providing workers' compensation and shall not be considered for any other purpose.

(c)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the secretary may transfer funds allocated for the “high risk pool” and costs related to juvenile justice as outlined in this section as well as the substance-abuse-related allocations in subsection (i) outlined in this section to the departments in the agency of human services designated to provide these services.

(d)  Of the above tobacco settlement funds, $49,000 shall be used to provide a grant to the project against violent encounters for a statewide program for substance abuse prevention and mentoring program for youth.

(e)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000 shall be used for a grant to Lamoille County people in partnership for wrap-around services for at-risk youth.

(f)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $100,000 with any corresponding federal matching funds shall be for comprehensive treatment services and $15,000 for safe housing provisions for at-risk youth.

(g)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $30,000 shall be granted to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for a comprehensive health education and violence prevention curriculum for seventh and eighth grade students.

(h)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $8,000 shall be granted to the Vermont council of girl scouts, of which $5,000 shall be used to support a girl scout special project to assist girls with incarcerated mothers and $3,000 shall be used to support a school vacation program.

(i)  Of the above appropriation, a total of $3,954,605 consisting of $1,788,787 in general funds, $811,845 in tobacco funds, and $1,353,973 in federal funds shall be used for the comprehensive substance abuse prevention and treatment component of the drug education treatment enforcement and rehabilitation program (DETER).

(1)  The amount of $1,440,660, of which $761,359 is from general and tobacco funds, shall be used to support the outpatient treatment, case management, and drug court component of the program.  Of the general and tobacco funds, $189,831 shall be allocated to the Rutland county drug court and shall be reserved to provide appropriate drug testing, case management, and other outpatient and inpatient treatment consistent with the design of the Rutland County drug court.  These are the state funds the agency of human services shall use as match for year 2 federal funds from the 2003 Department of Justice drug court implementation grant award.

(2)  The amount of $379,374, of which $142,866 is from general funds and $141,120 is from tobacco funds, shall be used to fund student assistance counselors.

(3)  The amount of $599,067, of which $518,010 is from general funds and $45,000 is from tobacco funds, shall be used for residential treatment programs, including transitional halfway house programs, including the serenity house program.

(4)  The amount of $355,000, of which $105,000 is from general funds and $250,000 is from tobacco funds, shall be used for recovery programs.  These funds shall be used to provide grants of $35,000 each to the recovery programs in Springfield, St. Johnsbury, Rutland, Colchester, Bennington, and Barre; a grant of $20,000 to the program in White River Junction; and $160,000 shall be available for development, assistance, and evaluation grants to recovery centers.

(5)  The amount of $1,180,504, of which $403,255 is from general funds and $234,022 is from tobacco funds, shall be used for opiate treatment programs, including buprenorphine and methadone and treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.

(j)  Of the above tobacco fund appropriation, $200,000 along with available matching federal funds shall be available for services required for petitions filed by the agency under 33 V.S.A. § 5517(e).

(k)  The agency of human services shall report to the joint fiscal committee prior to January 1, 2006 on all existing information and referral lines across the agency and the lines that they propose to consolidate with the 2-1-1 program.  The report shall also include an update on the status of the 2-1-1 information line.

Sec. 101.  Rate setting

                  Personal services                                            632,040

                  Operating expenses                                          92,395

                       Total                                                         724,435

             Source of funds

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               724,435

Sec. 102.  Human services board

                  Personal services                                            278,443

                  Operating expenses                                          40,298

                       Total                                                         318,741

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   129,693

                  Federal funds                                                 134,679

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 54,369

                       Total                                                         318,741

Sec. 103.  Developmental disabilities council

                  Personal services                                            110,310

                  Operating expenses                                          27,237


                  Grants                                                            350,838

                       Total                                                         488,385

             Source of funds

                  Federal funds                                                 488,385

Sec. 104.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

(a)  The sum of $79,143,672 is appropriated and transferred from the general fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2006.

(b)  The sum of $17,250,000 is appropriated and transferred from the tobacco litigation settlement fund to the health access trust fund in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 105.  Health - administration and support

                  Personal services                                         5,606,480

                  Operating expenses                                     1,477,930

                       Total                                                      7,084,410

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,864,184

                  Special funds                                                      1,701

                  Federal funds                                              5,214,525

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                   4,000

                       Total                                                      7,084,410


Sec. 106.  Health - health protection

                  Personal services                                         3,561,696

                  Operating expenses                                        680,062

                  Grants                                                         1,574,400

                       Total                                                      5,816,158

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,165,201

                  Special funds                                                  942,000

                  Federal funds                                              3,321,732

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               387,225

                       Total                                                      5,816,158

Sec. 107.  Health - health surveillance

                  Personal services                                         7,258,188

                  Operating expenses                                     1,900,115

                  Grants                                                         2,461,560

                       Total                                                    11,619,863

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                3,562,198

                  Special funds                                               1,254,750

                  Federal funds                                              6,672,515

                  Permanent trust funds                                       10,000

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               120,400

                       Total                                                    11,619,863

(a)  The amount of $250,000 of the above general fund appropriation, and at least $50,000 of the above federal fund appropriation, shall be appropriated to the Vermont AIDS service organizations for client-based support services. The grants in this section shall be awarded equitably on a per-client basis and shall be used for services.  No more than 15 percent may be used for the administration of such services.  The method by which AIDS service organizations’ clients are counted shall be determined by mutual agreement of the department of health, the AIDS service organizations, and the HIV/AIDS service advisory council (HASAC).  The department of health AIDS program shall be guided and advised by HASAC on an ongoing basis in prioritizing service needs in the disbursement of these funds.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with HASAC and shall provide HASAC with current information and data relating to policy initiatives.

(b)  The amount of $175,000 of the above general fund appropriation shall be used for all aspects of the HIV/AIDS medication assistance program (AMAP), including costs of prescribed medications, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements, and maximum cost-effectiveness for the program.  Any remaining AMAP general funds at the end of the fiscal year shall be equitably distributed to Vermont AIDS service organizations as provided for under subsection (a) of this section.

(c)  The amount of $100,000 of the above general fund appropriation shall be appropriated for the purpose of supporting AIDS prevention programs that address the specific needs of Vermonters at risk of HIV.  The department of health AIDS program shall be guided and advised by the community planning group (CPG) on an ongoing basis in prioritizing prevention needs in the disbursement of these funds.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with the CPG and shall provide the CPG with current information and data relating to policy initiatives.

(d)  The secretary of human services shall immediately notify the joint fiscal committee if, at any time, there are insufficient funds in AMAP to assist all eligible individuals.  The secretary shall work in cooperation with persons living with HIV/AIDS to develop a plan to continue access to AMAP medications until such time as the general assembly can take action.

(e)  The secretary of human services shall work in conjunction with the AMAP advisory committee, which shall be comprised of no less than 50 percent of members who are living with HIV/AIDS.  The committee shall make recommendations regarding the program’s formulary of approved medication, related laboratory testing, nutritional supplements, and eligibility for the program.

Sec. 108.  Health - health improvement

                  Personal services                                         8,355,130

                  Operating expenses                                     1,155,320

                  Grants                                                         9,612,086

                       Total                                                    19,122,536

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                3,795,034

                  Special funds                                                  733,502

                  Tobacco fund                                              3,481,423

                  Federal funds                                            11,105,577

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                   7,000

                       Total                                                    19,122,536

(a)  The department of health may carry forward any unspent portion of funds designated for health professional loan repayment.  These funds may be used either alone or to match federal National Health Service Corps loan repayment funds, local funds, or private funds, and shall be made available to primary care providers, dentists, licensed nurses, and dental hygienists who agree to practice for a prescribed period of time in the state or at an accredited hospital within 10 miles of the Vermont border, serving a portion of the state designated as a health professional shortage population, or other rural or underserved areas.  Educational scholarships, loan repayment grants, loan deferment payments, and payments of taxes due on the award may be considered for payment.

(b)  The above tobacco fund appropriation in this section shall be utilized according to the provisions of 18 V.S.A. chapter 225 as follows:

(1)  community-based programs - $1,023,624;

(2)  media and public education - $1,007,799;

(3)  tobacco cessation programs - $1,130,000; of this allocation, $80,000 shall be used to make nicotine replacement therapies available to all persons enrolled in tobacco cessation counseling;

(4)  surveillance and evaluation activities - $320,000.

Sec. 109.  18 V.S.A. § 10 is amended to read:

§ 10.  Educational assistance; incentives; nurses

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(f)  This section shall be repealed effective June 30, 2005.

Sec. 110.  Health - community public health

                  Personal services                                       11,727,467

                  Operating expenses                                     1,620,114

                  Grants                                                       11,782,520

                       Total                                                    25,130,101

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                4,138,477

                  Special funds                                                  477,110

                  Federal funds                                            20,362,014

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               152,500

                       Total                                                    25,130,101

Sec. 111.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

                  Personal services                                         2,391,227

                  Operating expenses                                        836,119

                  Grants                                                       18,615,833

                       Total                                                    21,843,179

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                5,702,374

                  Special funds                                                  157,000

                  Tobacco fund                                              3,171,266

                  Federal funds                                            12,394,539

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               418,000

                       Total                                                    21,843,179

(a)  For the purpose of meeting the need for outpatient substance abuse services when the preferred provider system has a waiting list of five days or more or there is a lack of qualified clinicians to provide services in a region of the state, a state-qualified alcohol and drug abuse counselor may apply to the department of health, division of alcohol and drug abuse programs, for

time-limited authorization to participate as a Medicaid provider to deliver clinical and case coordination services, as authorized.

(b)(1)  In accordance with federal law, the division of alcohol and drug abuse programs may use the following interim criteria to determine whether to enroll a state-supported Medicaid and uninsured population substance abuse program in the division’s network of designated providers, as described in the state plan:

(A)  The program’s ability to provide the quality, quantity and levels of care required under the division’s standards, licensure standards, and accreditation standards established by the commission of accreditation of rehabilitation facilities, the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations, or the commission on accreditation for family services.

(B)  Any program that is currently being funded in the existing network shall continue to be a designated program until further standards are developed, provided the standards identified in subdivision (1) of this subsection are satisfied.

(C)  All programs shall continue to fulfill grant or contract agreements.

(2)  The provisions of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall not preclude the division’s “request for bids” process.

(c)  Of the above interdepartmental transfer, $90,000 shall be used to support the gambling addiction program.

Sec. 112.  Health - mental health

                  Personal services                                         3,404,696

                  Operating expenses                                        507,616

                  Grants                                                     106,674,609

                       Total                                                  110,586,921

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              44,492,587

                  Special funds                                               6,945,611

                  Federal funds                                            55,125,950

                  Interdepartmental transfer                            4,022,773

                       Total                                                  110,586,921

Sec. 113.  Health - Vermont state hospital

                  Personal services                                       16,880,497

                  Operating expenses                                     1,813,522

                  Grants                                                                3,000

                       Total                                                    18,697,019

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,717,915

                  Special funds                                                  110,000

                  Federal funds                                                 572,426

                  Interdepartmental transfer                          15,296,678

                       Total                                                    18,697,019

Sec. 114.  HUMAN SERVICES CASELOAD RESERVE

                TRANSFER/LOAN

(a)  From the human services caseload reserve, $1,300,000 shall be transferred to the general fund to offset caseload and transition expenditures for services at the Vermont state hospital.  The secretary of administration and the secretary of human services shall ensure that these funds are repaid to the caseload reserve on or before July 1, 2007.

Sec. 115.  Health - medical practice board

                  Personal services                                            669,764

                  Operating expenses                                        130,309

                       Total                                                         800,073

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                                  800,073

Sec. 116.  Department for children and families - administration & support services

                  Personal services                                       26,563,475

                  Operating expenses                                     5,025,540


                  Grants                                                         1,414,675

                       Total                                                    33,003,690

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              13,926,443

                  Special funds                                               1,401,422

                  Federal funds                                            17,675,825

                       Total                                                    33,003,690

Sec. 117.  Department for children and families - office of child support

                  Personal services                                         8,220,005

                  Operating expenses                                     2,797,032

                       Total                                                    11,017,037

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                1,550,424

                  Special funds                                                  638,014

                  Federal funds                                              8,721,499

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               107,100

                       Total                                                    11,017,037

Sec. 118.  Department for children and families - child development

                  Personal services                                         2,412,885

                  Operating expenses                                        468,401


                  Grants                                                       45,178,245

                       Total                                                    48,059,531

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              19,269,419

                  Transportation fund                                          60,732

                  Special funds                                               1,230,722

                  Federal funds                                            27,272,906

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               225,752

                       Total                                                    48,059,531

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000 shall be granted to the Vermont center for the book.

(b)  The department for children and families in conjunction with the department of education shall track and report quarterly expenses and receipts for the family infant toddler program.

(1)  The first report shall include final expenses and receipts by source for fiscal year 2005 (through June 30, 2005) which shall be broken out by quarter and include enrollment data.

(2)  For fiscal year 2006, the quarterly reports shall include:

(A)  the number of enrolled children;

(B)  expenses; and

(C)  receipts by source, including federal part C dollars, Medicaid receipts, state general funds, and any other sources of funding.

(3)  The department for children and families shall submit these reports to the house and senate committees on appropriations, senate committee on health and welfare, and house committee on human services or to the joint health access oversight committee when the general assembly is not in session.

Sec. 119.  Department for children and families - family services

                  Personal services                                       18,261,673

                  Operating expenses                                     2,870,402

                  Grants                                                       62,082,908

                       Total                                                    83,214,983

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              38,492,431

                  Special funds                                               1,306,152

                  Tobacco fund                                                   75,000

                  Federal funds                                            43,341,400

                       Total                                                    83,214,983

Sec. 120.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

                  Personal services                                         2,361,201

                  Operating expenses                                        432,306

                       Total                                                      2,793,507

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                2,738,615

                  Interdepartmental transfer                                 54,892

                       Total                                                      2,793,507

Sec. 121.  Department for children and families - disability determination services

                  Personal services                                         3,337,193

                  Operating expenses                                        495,020

                       Total                                                      3,832,213

             Source of funds

                  Federal funds                                              3,587,068

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               245,145

                       Total                                                      3,832,213

Sec. 122.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

                  Personal services                                         1,365,966

                  Grants                                                         9,336,901

                       Total                                                    10,702,867


             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              10,702,867

Sec. 123.  Department for children and families - general assistance

                  Grants                                                         4,326,260

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                3,214,939

                  Special funds                                                             1

                  Federal funds                                              1,111,320

                       Total                                                      4,326,260

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $527,000 in federal TANF funds is allocated specifically for rental or mortgage arrearage assistance to families who demonstrate they are faced with a reasonably preventable loss of housing and who meet state requirements for category I assistance, as established by regulation.  Assistance under this provision is not an entitlement and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds. Category II assistance is hereby repealed upon passage of this act.  The agency of human services is authorized to use expedited rule-making to remove all regulations and references to category II from program rules and to clarify the regulatory limitation on essential expenses related to category I eligibility.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $150,000 ($75,000 federal TANF funds and $75,000 general funds) may be expended for temporary housing assistance to individuals and families that have reached the 28-day maximum allowed under department regulations and have a continued need for this type of emergency assistance.  Assistance shall be limited to an additional 56 cumulative days beyond the current 28-day maximum.  Assistance under this provision is not an entitlement and shall cease upon expenditure of these allocated funds.

Sec. 124.  Department for children and families - reach up

                  Grants                                                       43,217,279

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                              14,290,063

                  Special funds                                               2,200,000

                  Federal funds                                            26,727,216

                       Total                                                    43,217,279

(a)  The department for children and families shall present to the legislature a budget for 2006 that shall ensure that the ratable reduction for Reach Up benefits is set at a minimum of 50 percent.

Sec. 125.  Department for children and families - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

                  Personal services                                              20,000

                  Operating expenses                                          90,000


                  Grants                                                       10,146,117

                       Total                                                    10,256,117

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                             10,256,117

(a)  Of the funds appropriated for home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP in this act, no more than $350,000 shall be expended for crisis fuel direct service/administration exclusive of statewide after-hours’ crisis coverage.

Sec. 126.  HOME HEATING FUEL ASSISTANCE/LIHEAP

(a)  All federal funds granted to the state for home heating fuel assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other similar federal program in fiscal year 2006, and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 2005, are hereby transferred to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund for the provision of home heating fuel assistance including program administration, under 33 V.S.A. chapter 26.

(b)  For the purpose of a crisis set-aside, seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2005, and program administration, the commissioner of finance and management shall transfer $2,550,000 from the home weatherization assistance trust fund to the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are not available.  An equivalent amount shall be returned to the home weatherization trust fund from the home heating fuel assistance trust fund to the extent that federal LIHEAP or similar federal funds are received.  Should a transfer of funds from the home weatherization assistance trust fund be necessary for the 2005-2006 crisis set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2005, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 2005 for fiscal year 2006 do not exceed $2,550,000, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not precede January 30, 2006.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law,  payments authorized by the office of home heating fuel assistance shall not exceed funds available, except that for fuel assistance payments made through December 31, 2005, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

Sec. 127.  Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

                  Grants                                                         6,141,229

             Source of funds

                  Federal funds                                              6,141,229

Sec.  128.  TANF EXEMPTION

(a)  The commissioner may exempt all individuals domiciled in the state of Vermont from the implementation of Sec. 115(a) of Public Law 104-193 through June 30, 2006.


Sec. 129.  Department for children and families - office of economic opportunity

                  Personal services                                            261,733

                  Operating expenses                                          89,517

                  Grants                                                         4,584,623

                       Total                                                      4,935,873

             Source of funds

                  General fund                                                   890,147

                  Special funds                                                    80,012

                  Federal funds                                              3,714,641

                  Interdepartmental transfer                               251,073

                       Total                                                      4,935,873

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $485,000 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services or increasing resources available statewide.  These funds may be granted alone or in conjunction with federal McKinney emergency shelter funds.  Grant decisions shall be made with assistance from the coalition of homeless Vermonters.

(b)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $25,000 shall be granted to the Vermont campaign to end childhood hunger for food stamp outreach.

Sec. 130.  Department for children and families - OEO - weatherization assistance

                  Personal services                                            150,478

                  Operating expenses                                          39,950

                  Grants                                                         7,079,010

                       Total                                                      7,269,438

             Source of funds

                  Special funds                                               5,991,517

                  Federal funds                                              1,277,921

                       Total                                                      7,269,438

(a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $400,000 is for the replacement and repair of home heating equipment.

Sec. 131.  Department for Children and Families’ Human

                 Services Caseload Reserve Transfer

From the human services caseload reserve, $700,000 is transferred to the general fund to cover increases in caseloads at the department for children and families.

Sec. 132.  Aging and independent living - administration and support

Personal services                                       20,691,990

Operating expenses                                     3,450,004

Total                                                    24,141,994

Source of funds

General fund                                                8,005,169

Special funds                                                  823,719

Federal funds                                            14,045,169

Interdepartmental transfer                            1,267,937

Total                                                    24,141,994

Sec. 133.  Aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living

Grants                                                       20,625,614

Source of funds

General fund                                                9,042,065

Transportation fund                                        422,692

Special funds                                                  851,981

Federal funds                                            10,231,876

Interdepartmental transfer                                 77,000

Total                                                    20,625,614

Sec. 134.  Aging and independent living - blind and visually impaired

Grants                                                         1,359,000

Source of funds

General fund                                                   564,064

Special funds                                                  145,000


Federal funds                                                 649,936

Total                                                      1,359,000

Sec. 135.  21 V.S.A. § 504 is amended to read:

§ 504.  Income from vending facilities and machines

(a)  All net income from a vending facility on state property shall accrue to the blind or visually impaired person licensed to operate that facility.

(b)  All net income from vending machines not placed within vending facilities on state property shall accrue to the division.

(c)  Income which accrues to the division under this subchapter shall be used to:

(1)  maintain or enhance the vending facilities program; and

(2)  provide benefit programs, including, but not limited to, health insurance or pension plans for licensed blind or visually impaired persons who operate vending facilities; and

(3)  provide vocational rehabilitation services for persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Sec. 136.  Aging and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

Grants                                                         5,402,643

Source of funds

General fund                                                1,599,195

Special funds                                                    40,000

Federal funds                                              3,564,061

Interdepartmental transfer                               199,387

Total                                                      5,402,643

Sec. 137.  Aging and independent living - TBI home- and community‑based waiver

Grants                                                         2,749,010

Source of funds

General fund                                                1,129,843

Federal funds                                              1,619,167

Total                                                      2,749,010

Sec. 138.  Aging and independent living - developmental services

Grants                                                     101,749,459

Source of funds

General fund                                              40,674,070

Special funds                                                  841,980

Federal funds                                            59,172,578

Interdepartmental transfer                            1,060,831

Total                                                  101,749,459

(a)  The secretary of the agency of human services and the commissioner of the department of aging and independent living shall ensure the programs funded through this appropriation meet the following requirements:

(1)  There shall not be a waiting list for services identified as funding priorities in the “Vermont state system of care plan for developmental services, effective:  July 1, 2004-June 30, 2007.”

(2)  A minimum of 50 new “June graduates” shall be served.

(3)  The funding level available to the flexible family funding program shall be at least equal to the amount available to this program in fiscal year 2005.

(b)  The commissioner of finance and management along with the secretary of human services and the commissioner of aging and independent living shall report to the joint fiscal committee at its July meeting as to the fiscal implications of meeting the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.  In particular, the report shall focus on the impact on the fiscal year 2006 inflationary increase available to the designated provider agencies for developmental services, the impact on any other division or department with the agency, or the need for supplemental funding.

Sec. 139.  Corrections - administration

Personal services                                         2,109,825

Operating expenses                                        322,087

Total                                                      2,431,912

Source of funds

General fund                                                2,270,042

Federal funds                                                   65,000

Interdepartmental transfer                                 96,870

Total                                                      2,431,912

Sec. 140.  Corrections - parole board

Personal services                                            232,722

Operating expenses                                          65,555

Total                                                         298,277

Source of funds

General fund                                                   298,277

Sec. 141.  Corrections - correctional education

Personal services                                         2,959,574

Operating expenses                                        465,312

Total                                                      3,424,886

Source of funds

General fund                                                3,027,736

Interdepartmental transfer                               397,150

Total                                                      3,424,886

Sec. 142.  Corrections - correctional services

Personal services                                       67,965,162

Operating expenses                                   31,405,544


Grants                                                         2,054,500

Total                                                  101,425,206

Source of funds

General fund                                              97,723,792

Transportation fund                                     1,153,658

Special funds                                                  549,500

Tobacco fund                                                   87,500

Federal funds                                              1,829,710

Interdepartmental transfer                                 81,046

Total                                                  101,425,206

(a)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $87,000 shall be used as a grant to Dismas House of Vermont, Inc.

(b)  Of the above appropriation for transitional housing, the amount of $35,000 shall be granted to Morningside House, Inc. which serves homeless citizens in southern Vermont.  The funds shall support a pilot project between the department and Morningside House, Inc. jointly to develop and implement a plan to house between three and five offenders referred by the department to the shelter.

Sec. 143.  DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; OVERCROWDING

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly that the department of corrections should not operate any of the state correctional facilities at a level that exceeds the rated capacity of the facility.

(b)  The commissioner of corrections shall determine the rated capacity of each correctional facility to include only bed space designated for the general population and shall not include bed space used for segregation, isolation, or medical or mental health treatment, or high security bed space used for disciplinary or administrative purposes.

(c)  When the population housed in any facility exceeds the rated capacity of that facility, the commissioner of corrections may transfer appropriate offenders to another facility, including contracted facilities in another state; provided, however, that the commissioner shall strive to minimize transfers in order to avoid disruption of inmate programming.

(d)  It is also the intent of the general assembly that if the total population housed in Vermont exceeds the rated capacity of the Vermont facilities, this excess shall be limited to 25 beds, and that these 25 beds shall be proportionately distributed throughout the Vermont facilities.

(e)  On a quarterly basis, the commissioner shall report to the joint legislative corrections oversight committee setting forth the number of inmates housed in each correctional facility for the previous three‑month period and providing detailed information of the dates and length of time any facility exceeded 105 percent of its rated capacity.

Sec. 144.  Corrections - correctional facilities- recreation

Personal services                                            518,212

Operating expenses                                        473,986

Total                                                         992,198

Source of funds

Special funds                                                  992,198

Sec. 145.  28 V.S.A. § 816 is amended to read:

§ 816.  Inmate recreation fund

The department shall accept monies generated by commissions on telephone services, commissary sales, and sales of vended items at its correctional facilities and shall establish with such monies an inmate recreation special fund.  The fund shall be used to provide postage to inmates in a manner consistent with department policy.  The fund may be used for costs associated with the oversight and accounting of inmate cash accounts.  The fund may be used, at the discretion of the commissioner, to hire persons or purchase services, equipment, and goods to establish or enhance recreation activities for inmates confined in any of the department’s facilities, and for voluntary inmate contributions that promote the restoration of crime victims or communities.  The inmates, through a process established by the inmate recreation fund committee, may also choose to create a loan fund, the operation of which shall be governed by rules adopted pursuant to chapter 25 of Title 3, from which offenders may borrow in order to help them obtain housing upon release from incarceration.

Sec. 146.  Corrections - Vermont offender work program

Personal services                                         1,391,272

Operating expenses                                     1,731,740

Total                                                      3,123,012

Source of funds

Internal service funds                                   3,123,012

Sec. 147.  Children’s trust fund

Grant                                                             340,891

Source of funds

General fund                                                   100,651

Special funds                                                    70,000

Federal funds                                                 170,240

Total                                                         340,891

(a)  Of the above amount, at least 65 percent will be awarded for community-based program activities for the broad range of child abuse and neglect prevention activities.

Sec. 148.  Commission on women

Personal services                                            194,319

Operating expenses                                          61,102

Total                                                         255,421

Source of funds

General fund                                                   250,421

Special funds                                                      5,000

Total                                                         255,421

Sec. 149.  Retired senior volunteer program

Grants                                                            131,096

Source of funds

General fund                                                   131,096

Sec. 150.  Vermont veterans’ home - care and support services

Personal services                                       12,833,472

Operating expenses                                     3,118,718

Total                                                    15,952,190

Source of funds

General fund                                                   902,495

Special funds                                             10,239,126

Federal funds                                              4,810,569

Total                                                    15,952,190

(a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706(a)(1), the Vermont veterans’ home may transfer, with the approval of the secretary of administration, funds up to an amount equal to the general fund appropriation to the health access trust fund for purposes of facilitating a Medicaid rate adjustment.

(b)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706(a)(1), the Vermont veterans’ home may transfer to the agency of human services’ secretary’s office, with the approval of the secretary of administration, funds to cover the costs of the contract for an interim administrator of the veterans’ home.

Sec. 151.  Total human services                                  884,009,778

Source of funds

General fund                                            421,622,855

Transportation fund                                     1,637,082

Special funds                                             49,084,208

Tobacco fund                                            25,441,034

Federal funds                                          356,840,024

Permanent trust funds                                       10,000

Internal service funds                                   3,123,012

Interdepartmental transfer                          26,251,563

Total                                                  884,009,778

Sec. 152.  Employment and training

Personal services                                       18,317,440

Operating expenses                                     4,568,929

Grants                                                         1,615,210

Total                                                    24,501,579

Source of funds

General fund                                                1,395,248

Special funds                                                  866,000

Federal funds                                            19,472,969

Interdepartmental transfer                            2,767,362

Total                                                    24,501,579

Sec. 153.  Total employment and training                      24,501,579

Source of funds

General fund                                                1,395,248

Special funds                                                  866,000

Federal funds                                            19,472,969

Interdepartmental transfer                            2,767,362

Total                                                    24,501,579

Sec. 154.  Education - finance and administration

Personal services                                         4,533,633

Operating expenses                                     1,377,940

Grants                                                       10,600,000

Total                                                    16,511,573

Source of funds

General fund                                                3,146,006

Special funds                                                    63,697

Federal funds                                              1,968,752

Interdepartmental transfer                          11,333,118

Total                                                    16,511,573

Sec. 155.  Education - education programs

Personal services                                       12,107,019

Operating expenses                                     1,981,112

Grants                                                     108,319,608

Total                                                  122,407,739

Source of funds

General fund                                                7,129,600

Transportation fund                                        524,846

Special funds                                               1,139,188

Federal funds                                          112,461,461

Interdepartmental transfer                            1,152,644

Total                                                  122,407,739

Sec. 156.  Education - technical education

Grants                                                         9,836,396

Source of funds

Education fund                                            9,836,396

(a)  The appropriation in this section shall be authorized notwithstanding 16 V.S.A § 1564.

Sec. 157.  Education - special education: formula grants

Grants                                                     111,945,257

Source of funds

Education fund                                        111,945,257

(a)  Of the appropriation authorized in this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $3,001,131 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2006 as funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6).  In addition to funding for 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b)(2)-(6), up to $153,720 may be used by the department of education for its participation in the higher education partnership plan.

Sec. 158.  Education - state-placed students

Grants                                                       12,225,024

Source of funds

Education fund                                          12,225,024

Sec. 159.  Education - adult education and literacy

Grants                                                         3,951,017

Source of funds

General fund                                                2,717,398

Federal funds                                                 983,619

Education fund                                               250,000

Total                                                      3,951,017

Sec. 160.  HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION; ADULT EDUCATION AND

                 LITERACY; COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION; REPORT

(a)  The commissioner of education shall develop a recommended mechanism and procedure by which funding for high school completion programs carried out by the adult education and literacy systems, as described in 16 V.S.A. § 4011(f)(2), shall be paid to school districts or supervisory unions, or both.

(b)  The commissioner shall develop recommendations regarding:

(1)  allocation of payments between local school districts and supervisory unions and the statewide adult education and literacy system when programs are provided through contracts with qualified adult education and literacy service providers;

(2)  methods to ensure that programs are administered in a manner that promotes consistency with statewide standards and procedures;

(3)  the relationship between a high school diploma and the general equivalency degree that is provided through an adult education and literacy program;

(4)  mechanisms to ensure coordination between adult education and literacy programs and state requirements for individual education plans;

(5)  implementation of funding through school districts and supervisory unions in a manner that maximizes the efficient use of existing services for adult education and literacy programs;

(6)  methods by which school districts and supervisory unions can work with statewide adult education and literacy systems to improve services for students at risk of dropping out of school; and

(7)  whether funding for adult education and literacy activities should be paid through the current funding mechanism established in 16 V.S.A. § 4011(f)(2) or through a categorical grant program.

(c)  On or before January 15, 2006, the commissioner shall submit his or her recommendations to the chairs of the senate and house committees on education and appropriations.

Sec. 161.  EDUCATION - ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY

(a)  It is the intent of the general assembly to appropriate funds for adult education and literacy programs from the education fund, notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 4025(d) as it was the intent of the general assembly to do this in Sec. 173 of No.122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004).  Neither this appropriation nor the appropriation from Sec.173 of No.122 repeals the education property tax.

(b)  It is further the intent of the general assembly that in fiscal year 2007 and each year thereafter, monies from the education fund shall be paid to school districts and supervisory unions to fund adult education and literacy services for those students described in 16 V.S.A. § 4011(f)(2).

Sec. 162.  Education - adjusted education payment

Grants                                                     968,650,000

Source of funds

Education fund                                        968,650,000

Sec. 163.  Education - essential early education grant

Grants                                                         4,379,337

Source of funds

Education fund                                            4,379,337

Sec. 164.  Education - transportation

Grants                                                       13,496,399

Source of funds

Education fund                                          13,496,399

Sec. 165.  Education - small school grants

Grants                                                         5,421,588

Source of funds

Education fund                                            5,421,588

Sec. 166.  Education - capital debt service aid

Grants                                                            450,355

Source of funds

Education fund                                               450,355

Sec. 167.  Education - tobacco litigation

Personal services                                            116,151

Operating expenses                                          25,073

Grants                                                            842,783

Total                                                         984,007

Source of funds

Tobacco fund                                                 984,007

Sec. 168.  Education - Act 117 cost containment

Personal services                                            969,605

Operating expenses                                        104,571

Grants                                                              65,000

Total                                                      1,139,176

Source of funds

Interdepartmental transfer                            1,139,176

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, expenditures made from this section shall be counted under 16 V.S.A. § 2967(b) as part of the state’s 60 percent of the statewide total special education expenditures of funds which are not derived from federal sources.

Sec. 169.  MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIAL

                 FUND - DEPOSIT

(a)  In addition to deposits in the Medicaid reimbursement administrative special fund in accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 2959a(b), in fiscal year 2006, $1,139,176 of federal Medicaid receipts received for reimbursement of medically related services provided to students who are Medicaid‑eligible shall be deposited in the administrative special fund.

Sec. 170.  FUND APPROPRIATION AND TRANSFER

(a)  There is appropriated in fiscal year 2006 from the general fund for transfer to the education fund the amount of $259,300,000.

Sec. 171.  State teachers’ retirement system

Personal services                                       17,061,408

Operating expenses                                        842,461

Grants                                                       24,446,282

Total                                                    42,350,151

Source of funds

General fund                                              24,446,282

Pension trust fund                                      17,903,869

Total                                                    42,350,151

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1944(g)(2), the amount of the annual contribution to the Vermont state teachers’ retirement system shall be $24,446,282 in fiscal year 2006.

Sec. 172.  TAX DEPARTMENT - REAPPRAISAL AND LISTING

                  PAYMENTS

(a)  The amount of $2,715,000 in education funds is appropriated in fiscal year 2006 to implement the provisions of 32 V.S.A. §§ 4041a(a), relating to payments to municipalities for reappraisal costs, and 5405(f), relating to payments of $1.00 per grand list parcel.

Sec. 173.  Tax department - property tax assistance

Grants                                                     112,796,276

Source of funds

General fund                                                7,988,056

Transportation fund                                     2,378,220

Education fund                                        102,430,000

Total                                                  112,796,276

Sec. 174.  Total general education and property tax assistance       

                                                                               1,688,559,295

Source of funds

General fund                                            304,727,342

Transportation fund                                     2,903,066

Education fund                                     1,231,799,356

Special funds                                               1,202,885

Tobacco fund                                                 984,007

Federal funds                                          115,413,832

Pension trust fund                                      17,903,869

Interdepartmental transfer                          13,624,938

Total                                               1,688,559,295

Sec. 175.  University of Vermont

Grants                                                       39,271,166

Source of funds

General fund                                              39,271,166

(a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the University of Vermont on or about the 15th of each calendar month of the year.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $367,965 shall be transferred to EPSCoR for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

Sec. 176.  University of Vermont - Morgan horse farm

Grants                                                                5,000

Source of funds

General fund                                                       5,000

Sec. 177.  Vermont public television

Grants                                                            573,832

Source of funds

General fund                                                   573,832

Sec. 178.  Vermont state colleges

Grants                                                       22,532,878

Source of funds

General fund                                              22,532,878

(a)  The commissioner of finance and management shall issue warrants to pay one-twelfth of the appropriation to the Vermont state colleges on or about the 15th of each calendar month of the year.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $100,000 shall be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2006 contribution toward the growth of the endowment fund for the Vermont state colleges.  The state’s funds are to serve as a challenge match to enhance the state colleges’ ability to secure endowment contributions from alumni and other interested parties.  The intent is that the fiscal year 2006 appropriation will be the last of five annual appropriations, totaling $500,000.  The conditions of this challenge match are that the state colleges are required to raise three dollars for each dollar appropriated by the state.  A method for accounting for the state colleges’ share has been agreed to between the state colleges and the commissioner of finance and management.  Transfers to the state colleges’ endowment fund shall be under the condition that only the interest accruing to the fund will be available for purposes as designated by the board of trustees of the state colleges.  By June 30, 2007, any remaining state appropriations designated for the state colleges’ endowment fund that have not been matched by the state colleges shall revert to the general fund.  The funds appropriated for this purpose shall be retained by the state.

(c)  Of the above appropriation, $414,950 shall be transferred to the Vermont manufacturing extension center for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

Sec. 179.  Vermont state colleges - allied health

Grants                                                            993,527

Source of funds

General fund                                                   993,527

Sec. 180.  Vermont interactive television

Grants                                                            815,331

Source of funds

General fund                                                   815,331

Sec. 181.  Vermont student assistance corporation

Grants                                                       17,771,050

Source of funds

General fund                                              17,771,050

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $25,000 shall be deposited into the trust fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2845.

(b)  Except as provided in subsection (a) of this section, not less than 100 percent of grants shall be used for direct student aid.

(c)  The balance held by the treasurer in account #21385, approximately $62,552, from the amount appropriated in Act No. 38 of the Acts of 1964 and from such other amounts as may have been appropriated, earned, or otherwise deposited in that account from time to time and not previously expended for student loan default guaranty purposes, is hereby transferred to the trust fund established by 16 V.S.A. § 2845 and held therein and administered by the Vermont student assistance corporation to provide grants for students with remaining financial needs and who are or have been under the custody of the commissioner of the department for children and families, all in accordance with the provisions of section 2845.

Sec. 182.  New England higher education compact

Grants                                                              80,000

Source of funds

General fund                                                     80,000

Sec. 183.  Total higher education and other                   82,042,784

Source of funds

General fund                                              82,042,784

Sec. 184.  Natural resources - agency of natural resources - administration

Personal services                                         4,113,173

Operating expenses                                     1,701,001

Grants                                                              90,180

Total                                                      5,904,354

Source of funds

General fund                                                4,349,943

Special funds                                               1,042,150

Federal funds                                                 338,355

Interdepartmental transfer                               173,906

Total                                                      5,904,354

Sec. 185.  Connecticut River watershed advisory commission

Grants                                                              38,000

Source of funds

General fund                                                     22,500

Federal funds                                                   15,500

Total                                                           38,000

Sec. 186.  Citizens’ advisory committee on Lake Champlain’s future

Personal services                                                3,800

Operating expenses                                            3,700

Total                                                             7,500

Source of funds

General fund                                                       7,500

Sec. 187.  Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

Operating expenses                                     1,449,000

Source of funds

General fund                                                   974,684

Transportation fund                                        212,816

Interdepartmental transfer                               261,500

Total                                                      1,449,000

Sec. 188.  Green up

Grants                                                              17,196

Source of funds

General fund                                                       6,646

Special funds                                                    10,550

Total                                                           17,196

Sec. 189.  Fish and wildlife - support and field services

Personal services                                         9,556,015

Operating expenses                                     4,004,370

Grants                                                            672,453

Total                                                    14,232,838

Source of funds

General fund                                                1,726,853

Transportation fund                                        367,926

Fish and wildlife fund                                 12,138,059

Total                                                    14,232,838

(a)  The department of fish and wildlife shall obtain approval of the general assembly, or the joint fiscal committee if the general assembly is not in session, prior to taking any action that would result in closure or consolidation of fish culture operations.

(b)  Of the above appropriation, $5,000 shall be used to provide scholarships for children wishing to attend one of the conservation camps administered by the department of fish and wildlife.  No portion of any general fund appropriation, tuition payments, donations made, or interest earned on endowment funds for the camps program within the department of fish and wildlife for the purposes of supporting the conservation camps shall be reallocated or used for any other purpose.

Sec. 190.  Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

Grants                                                              50,661

Source of funds

Fish and wildlife fund                                        50,661

Sec. 191.  Forests, parks and recreation - administration

Personal services                                            849,194

Operating expenses                                        475,239

Grants                                                         1,998,100

Total                                                      3,322,533

Source of funds

General fund                                                   983,533

Special funds                                               1,046,000

Federal funds                                              1,293,000

Total                                                      3,322,533

Sec. 192.  DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS, PARKS AND RECREATION;

                 EMPLOYEES’ GROUP INSURANCE; REPEAL

(a)  3 V.S.A. § 631(b) (health insurance plan available to state departments on February 23, 1951) shall be repealed on July 1, 2005.

Sec. 193.  PARTICIPATION IN A STATE GROUP INSURANCE PLAN

(a)  Employees of a state department who participate in a group insurance plan under subsection 631(b) of Title 3 and who choose to continue to participate in a state group insurance plan shall choose from among those plans available to state employees no later than 30 days after the effective date of this act.  The commissioner of human resources shall assist these employees in the transition to a new health plan as expressed in the January 25, 2005 letter regarding “additional group coverage” from the director of major accounts for Cigna to the commissioner of the department of human resources, and received by that department on January 31, 2005.

Sec. 194.  Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

Personal services                                         4,439,728

Operating expenses                                        503,152

Grants                                                            353,000

Total                                                      5,295,880

Source of funds

General fund                                                3,409,380

Transportation fund                                          21,500

Special funds                                                  360,000

Federal funds                                              1,291,000


Interdepartmental transfer                               214,000

Total                                                      5,295,880

Sec. 195.  Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

Personal services                                         4,538,235

Operating expenses                                     1,891,697

Grants                                                                5,000

Total                                                      6,434,932

Source of funds

General fund                                                   610,632

Special funds                                               5,824,300

Total                                                      6,434,932

Sec. 196.  Forests, parks and recreation - lands administration

Personal services                                            446,610

Operating expenses                                        237,989

Total                                                         684,599

Source of funds

General fund                                                   449,599

Special fund                                                   195,000

Interdepartmental transfer                                 40,000

Total                                                         684,599


Sec. 197.  Forests, parks and recreation - youth conservation corps

                   Personal services                                            387,133

                   Operating expenses                                          25,357

                   Grants                                                            500,000

                        Total                                                         912,490

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                  567,490

                   Federal funds                                                   95,000

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               250,000

                        Total                                                         912,490

Sec. 198.  Forests, parks and recreation - forest highway maintenance

                   Personal services                                            222,978

                    Operating expenses                                        301,000

                        Total                                                         523,978

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                     36,920

                   Transportation fund                                        487,058

                        Total                                                         523,978

Sec. 199.  Environmental conservation - management and support services

                   Personal services                                         2,760,084

                   Operating expenses                                        823,118

                   Grants                                                              96,267

                        Total                                                      3,679,469

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,123,601

                   Special funds                                                  626,255

                   Federal funds                                              1,023,119

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               906,494

                        Total                                                      3,679,469

Sec. 200.  Environmental conservation - air and waste management

                   Personal services                                         6,944,360

                   Operating expenses                                     6,328,003

                   Grants                                                         1,706,000

                        Total                                                    14,978,363

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   715,896

                   Special funds                                             11,147,684

                   Federal funds                                              2,944,783

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               170,000

                        Total                                                    14,978,363

Sec. 201.  Environmental conservation - office of water programs

                   Personal services                                       12,611,776

                   Operating expenses                                     2,099,391

                   Grants                                                         2,953,502

                        Total                                                    17,664,669

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                6,607,691

                   Transportation fund                                        185,182

                   Special funds                                               3,717,507

                   Federal funds                                              6,616,039

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               538,250

                        Total                                                    17,664,669

Sec. 202.  Environmental conservation - tax-loss-Connecticut River flood control

                   Operating expenses                                          40,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                    40,000

Sec. 203.  Natural resources board

                   Personal services                                         2,320,080

                   Operating expenses                                        394,264

                        Total                                                      2,714,344

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,065,127

                   Special funds                                               1,649,217

                        Total                                                      2,714,344

Sec. 204.  Total natural resources                                 77,950,806

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              22,090,505

                   Transportation fund                                     1,274,482

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                 12,188,720

                   Special funds                                             26,226,153

                   Federal funds                                            13,616,796

                   Interdepartmental transfer                            2,554,150

                        Total                                                    77,950,806

Sec. 205.  Commerce and community development - agency of commerce and community development - administration

                   Personal services                                         1,170,218

                   Operating expenses                                        441,401

                   Grants                                                            236,200

                        Total                                                      1,847,819

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,847,819


Sec. 206.  FY 2006 AGENCY‑WIDE GENERAL FUND REDUCTION

(a)  The secretary of the agency of commerce and community development shall reduce the total general fund appropriations to the agency in fiscal year 2006 by $25,000.

Sec. 207.  Housing and community affairs

                   Personal services                                         2,492,749

                   Operating expenses                                        301,356

                   Grants                                                         4,079,340

                        Total                                                      6,873,445

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,531,188

                   Special funds                                               3,663,918

                   Federal funds                                              1,639,339

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                 39,000

                        Total                                                      6,873,445

Sec. 208.  Historic sites - operations

                   Personal services                                            604,583

                   Operating expenses                                        275,769

                        Total                                                         880,352

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   479,352

                   Special funds                                                  372,000

                    Interdepartmental transfer                                 29,000

                        Total                                                         880,352

Sec. 209.  Historic sites - special improvements

                   Personal services                                              71,408

                   Operating expenses                                        911,408

                        Total                                                         982,816

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                    50,000

                   Federal funds                                                 398,140

                    Interdepartmental transfer                               534,676

                        Total                                                         982,816

Sec. 210.  Community development block grants

                   Grants                                                         8,646,118

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                              8,646,118

(a)  Community development block grants will carry forward until expended.

Sec. 211.  Downtown transportation and capital improvement fund

                   Personal services                                              40,000


                   Grants                                                            760,000

                        Total                                                         800,000

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                                  800,000

Sec. 212.  Economic development

                   Personal services                                         1,744,654

                   Operating expenses                                        726,057

                   Grants                                                         1,559,943

                        Total                                                      4,030,654

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                3,377,184

                   Special funds                                                  455,000

                   Federal funds                                                 198,470

                        Total                                                      4,030,654

Sec. 213.  Vermont training program

                   Personal services                                              67,050

                   Operating expenses                                          26,637

                   Grants                                                         1,349,013

                        Total                                                      1,442,700

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                1,407,700

                   Special funds                                                    35,000

                        Total                                                      1,442,700

Sec. 214.  Tourism and marketing

                   Personal services                                         1,804,143

                   Operating expenses                                     2,068,315

                   Grants                                                            837,000

                        Total                                                      4,709,458

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                4,709,458

(a)  RMP funds shall continue to be distributed by the existing formula. RMP funds shall be used on the following marketing activities (in no specific order): regional websites, consumer/trade shows, packages/itineraries, regional publications and guides, toll free phone lines and fulfillment, public relations, advertising, familiarization tours, welcome center promotion, joint projects, and administration.

Sec. 215.  Vermont life

                   Personal services                                            719,770

                   Operating expenses                                        128,000

                        Total                                                         847,770

               Source of funds

                   Enterprise funds                                              847,770

Sec. 216.  Vermont council on the arts

                   Grants                                                            494,618

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   494,618

Sec. 217.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                            101,960

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   101,960

Sec. 218.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                            630,653

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   630,653

Sec. 219.  Vermont housing and conservation board

                   Grants                                                       26,246,036

               Source of funds

                   Special funds                                             14,088,426

                   Federal funds                                            12,157,610

                        Total                                                    26,246,036

Sec. 220.  Vermont humanities council

                   Grants                                                            160,599

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                                   160,599

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $20,000 shall be used to support the connections program.

Sec. 221.  Total commerce and community development

                                                                                    58,669,998

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              14,715,531

                   Special funds                                             19,464,344

                   Federal funds                                            23,039,677

                   Enterprise funds                                              847,770

                   Interdepartmental transfer                               602,676

                        Total                                                    58,669,998

Sec. 222.  TRANSPORTATION

(a)  Transportation fund appropriations made available for the agency of transportation in cooperation with the federal government shall be available until expended and shall not revert.

(b)  The commissioner of finance and management shall maintain and control transportation appropriations in separate state and federal appropriations, as needed, and may incur overdrafts in personal services and operating expenses pending distribution of payroll and employee charges to other appropriations.

Sec. 223.  Transportation - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                         8,105,420

                   Operating expenses                                     2,063,928

                        Total                                                    10,169,348

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     9,621,292

                   Federal funds                                                 548,056

                        Total                                                    10,169,348

Sec. 224.  Transportation - aviation

                   Personal services                                         1,199,104

                   Operating expenses                                     8,023,312

                   Grants                                                              50,000

                        Total                                                      9,272,416

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     2,222,416

                   Federal funds                                              7,050,000

                        Total                                                      9,272,416

Sec. 225.  Transportation - buildings

                   Personal services                                            210,000

                   Operating expenses                                        937,548

                        Total                                                      1,147,548

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     1,147,548

Sec. 226.  Transportation - program development

                   Personal services                                       37,671,918

                   Operating expenses                                     7,013,169

                   Grants                                                       37,115,246

                        Total                                                    81,800,333

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                   16,407,287

                   Local match                                                1,894,676

                   Federal funds                                            63,498,370

                        Total                                                    81,800,333

Sec. 227.  Transportation - paving

                   Other                                                        39,501,250

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     6,869,250

                   Federal funds                                            32,632,000

                        Total                                                    39,501,250


Sec. 228.  Transportation - state bridges

                   Other                                                        29,987,392

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     4,781,525

                   Special funds                                                  300,000

                   Federal funds                                            24,905,867

                        Total                                                    29,987,392

Sec. 229.  Transportation - interstate rest areas

                   Personal services                                              80,000

                   Operating expenses                                        527,500

                        Total                                                         607,500

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                 607,500

Sec. 230.  Transportation – maintenance - state system

                   Personal services                                       29,352,669

                   Operating expenses                                   24,446,617

                   Grants                                                            987,800

                        Total                                                    54,787,086

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                   54,079,586


                   Federal funds                                                 707,500

                        Total                                                    54,787,086

Sec. 231.  Transportation - policy and planning

                   Personal services                                         2,641,670

                   Operating expenses                                        492,908

                   Grants                                                         4,140,769

                        Total                                                      7,275,347

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     1,806,692

                   Federal funds                                              5,468,655

                        Total                                                      7,275,347

Sec. 232.  Transportation - rail

                   Personal services                                            743,456

                   Operating expenses                                     6,328,746

                   Grants                                                         2,700,000

                        Total                                                      9,772,202

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     7,421,929

                   Federal funds                                              2,350,273

                        Total                                                      9,772,202


Sec. 233.  Transportation - public transit

                   Personal services                                            470,313

                   Operating expenses                                        230,240

                   Grants                                                       14,163,340

                        Total                                                    14,863,893

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     5,771,599

                   Federal funds                                              9,092,294

                        Total                                                    14,863,893

Sec. 234.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                         3,183,942

                   Operating expenses                                     9,959,952

                        Total                                                    13,143,894

               Source of funds

                   Internal service funds                                 13,143,894

(a)  Of the above appropriation, $1,400,000 is 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. 235.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                       16,324,559

                   Operating expenses                                     6,438,943

                   Grants                                                            156,250

                        Total                                                    22,919,752

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                   22,286,370

                   Federal funds                                                 633,382

                        Total                                                    22,919,752

(a)  Of the above transportation fund appropriation, $127,483 shall be transferred to the department of education, education programs to support the driver education program.

Sec. 236.  Transportation - town highway - structures

                   Grants                                                         3,494,500

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     3,494,500

Sec. 237.  Transportation - town highway - emergency fund

                   Grants                                                              57,129

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                          57,129

Sec. 238.  Transportation - town highway - Vermont local roads

                   Grants                                                            783,700

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                        333,867

                   Federal funds                                                 449,833

                        Total                                                         783,700

Sec. 239.  Transportation - town highway - class 2 roadway

                   Grants                                                         4,748,750

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     4,748,750

Sec. 240.  Transportation - town highway - bridges

                   Personal services                                         3,650,000

                   Operating expenses                                   19,459,546

                   Grants                                                              43,000

                        Total                                                    23,152,546

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                     3,868,628

                   Special funds                                                  700,000

                   Local match                                                1,875,911

                   Federal funds                                            16,708,007

                        Total                                                    23,152,546

Sec. 241.  Transportation - town highway - aid program

                   Grants                                                       25,282,744

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                   25,282,744

(a)  The above appropriation is authorized, notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 306(a).

Sec. 242.  Transportation - town highway - class 1 supplemental grants

                   Grants                                                            128,750

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                        128,750

Sec. 243.  Transportation - public assistance grant program

                   Grants                                                            200,000

               Source of funds

                   Federal funds                                                 200,000

Sec. 244.  Transportation board

                   Personal services                                              72,795

                   Operating expenses                                          10,605

                        Total                                                           83,400

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                          83,400

Sec. 245.  Total transportation                                    353,179,480

               Source of funds

                   Transportation fund                                 170,413,262

                   Local match                                                3,770,587

                   Special funds                                               1,000,000

                   Federal funds                                          164,851,737

                   Internal service funds                                 13,143,894

                        Total                                                  353,179,480

Sec. 246.  Debt service

                   Debt service                                              67,609,679

               Source of funds

                   General fund                                              63,115,116

                   Transportation fund                                     2,111,303

                   Special funds                                               2,383,260

                        Total                                                    67,609,679

Sec. 247.  Total debt service                                        67,609,679

               Source of funds

                    General fund                                              63,115,116

                   Transportation fund                                     2,111,303

                   Special funds                                               2,383,260

                        Total                                                    67,609,679

Sec. 248.  RELATIONSHIP TO EXISTING LAWS

(a)  Except as specifically provided, this act shall not be construed in any way to negate or impair the full force and effect of existing laws.

Sec. 249.  OFFSETTING APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  In the absence of specific provisions to the contrary in this act, when total appropriations are offset by estimated receipts, the state appropriations shall control, notwithstanding receipts being greater or less than anticipated.

Sec. 250.  FEDERAL FUNDS

(a)  In fiscal year 2006, the governor, with the approval of the general assembly, or the joint fiscal committee if the general assembly is not in session, may accept federal funds available to the state of Vermont including block grants in lieu of or in addition to funds herein designated as federal.  The governor, with the approval of the general assembly, or the joint fiscal committee if the general assembly is not in session, may allocate all or any portion of such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the basic appropriations in this act have been made.

(b)  If, during fiscal year 2006, federal funds available to the state of Vermont and designated as federal in this and other acts of the 2005 session of the Vermont general assembly, are converted into block grants, or are abolished under their current title in federal law and reestablished under a new title in federal law, the governor may continue to accept such federal funds for any purpose consistent with the purposes for which the federal funds were appropriated.  The governor may spend such funds for such purposes for no more than 45 days prior to legislative or joint fiscal committee approval.  Notice shall be given to the joint fiscal committee without delay if the governor is intending to use the authority granted by this section, and the joint fiscal committee shall meet in an expedited manner to review the governor’s request for approval.

(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. 251.  DEPARTMENTAL RECEIPTS

(a)  All receipts shall be credited to the general fund except as otherwise provided and except the following receipts, for which this subsection shall constitute authority to credit to special funds:

          Connecticut River flood control

          Department of public service ‑ sale of power

          Department of taxes ‑ unorganized towns and gores

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, departmental indirect cost recoveries (32 V.S.A. § 6) receipts are authorized, subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, to be retained by the department.  All recoveries not so authorized shall be covered into the general fund, or, for agency of transportation recoveries, the transportation fund.

Sec. 252.  NEW POSITIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the total number of authorized state positions, both classified and exempt, excluding temporary positions as defined in 3 V.S.A. § 311(11), shall not be increased during fiscal year 2006, except for new positions authorized by the 2005 session.  Limited service positions approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5 shall not be subject to this restriction.

Sec. 253.       APPROPRIATIONS; PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX

(a)  This act contains the following amounts appropriated from special funds that receive revenue from the property transfer tax.  Expenditures from these appropriations shall not exceed available revenues:

(1)  Notwithstanding Sec. 273 of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess (2004), the sum of $288,000 is appropriated from the property valuation and review administration special fund to the department of taxes for administration of the use tax reimbursement program.  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 9610(c), amounts above $288,000 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the property  valuation and review administration special fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(2)  The sum of $13,171,180 is appropriated from the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund to the Vermont housing and conservation trust board. Notwithstanding 10 V.S.A. § 312, amounts above $13,171,180 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund shall be transferred into the general fund.

(3)  The sum of $3,939,566 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund.  Notwithstanding 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a), amounts above $3,939,566 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the municipal and regional planning fund shall be transferred into the general fund.  The $3,939,566 shall be allocated as follows:

(A)  $2,757,696 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(B) $787,913 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(C)  $393,957 to the Vermont center for geographic information.

(b)  Property transfer tax revenues in fiscal year 2006 shall be distributed pursuant to 32 V.S.A §§ 435(b)(10), 9610(c), 10 V.S.A. § 312, and 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a), and transferred into the general fund consistent with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, except that any property transfer tax revenues above $39,801,000, not to exceed $2,500,000, shall be deposited into the Vermont housing and conservation trust fund, and appropriated to the Vermont housing and conservation trust board.

(c)  In fiscal year 2007, the appropriations in subdivisions (a)(1)-(3) of this section shall increase by 4.5 percent.

Sec. 254.  TRANSPORTATION FUND TRANSFER

(a)  The amount of $800,000 is transferred from the transportation fund to the downtown transportation and related capital improvement fund established by 24 V.S.A. § 2796 to be used by the Vermont downtown development board for the purposes of the fund.

Sec. 255.  FISCAL YEAR 2005 GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATIONS

                AND TRANSFERS

(a)  In fiscal year 2005, there is transferred $15,707,127 from the general fund to the health access trust fund.

(b)  The sum of $4,000,000 is appropriated to the department of education for state aid for school construction projects pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448 as set forth in Sec. XXX of No. XXX of the Acts of 2005 (the Fiscal Year 2006 Capital Appropriations Act).  For the purposes of 32 V.S.A. § 308, this appropriation shall be considered to be made in fiscal year 2006.

(c)  There is appropriated $2,030,000 from the general fund in fiscal year 2005 as follows:

(1)  $300,000 to the department of corrections for environmental expenses related to the former Windsor prison site.

(2)  $406,000 to the legislature for fiscal year 2005 and fiscal year 2006 session expenses.

(3)  $60,000 to the legislative council for dairy policy contract consultant services.  These funds are for the sole purpose of retaining a consultant and supporting activities for the promotion of dairy price enhancement through interstate action.  The consultant shall be retained and associated expenditures made at the direction of the chairs of the senate and house committees on appropriations and the chair and vice chair of the senate and house committees on agriculture, respectively, with the approval of the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house.  Additional expenditures for this purpose may be made from funds appropriated to the general assembly with the approval of the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house.

(4)  $150,000 to the department of economic development for grants in fiscal year 2006 to Vermont regional development corporations.

(5)  $300,000 to the department of economic development for the Vermont training program for fiscal year 2006 program needs.

(6)  $200,000 to the department of taxes for fiscal year 2006 PILOT payments.

(7)  $614,000 to the department of education for transfer to the department of corrections as needed for special education program expenses.  The department of corrections with the department of education shall develop a plan for special education within its corrections system high school program.

(A)  The plan shall include:

(i)  spending targets and budgets;

(ii)  how short‑term and longer‑term youth inmates’ needs are to be addressed;

(iii)  what specific measurable outcomes the system will be evaluated on; and

(B)  the departments shall submit the report to the house and senate committees on appropriations and education on or before December 15, 2005.

Sec. 256.  32 V.S.A. § 308c is added to read:

§ 308c.  GENERAL FUND AND TRANSPORTATION FUND SURPLUS

              RESERVES

(a)  There is hereby created within the general fund a general fund surplus reserve.  Monies from this reserve shall not be expended except by specific appropriation of the general assembly.

(b)  There is hereby created within the transportation fund a transportation fund surplus reserve.  Monies from this reserve shall not be expended except by specific appropriation of the general assembly.

(c)  The general fund surplus reserve created in subsection (a) of this section shall supersede and replace the general fund surplus reserve established in Sec. 277(5) of No. 147 of the Acts of the 1997 Adj. Sess. (1998), as amended by Sec. 88 of No. 1 of the Acts of 1999.

Sec. 257.  TRANSPORTATION FUND STABILIZATION RESERVE

(a)  Fiscal year 2005 transportation fund appropriations in the amount of $2,992,871, relating to the advancement of projects scheduled for funding in fiscal year 2006, 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).

Sec. 258.  19 V.S.A. § 11a is amended to read:

§ 11a.  Transportation funds appropriated for support of

            government

For fiscal year 2006 and thereafter, the maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the agency of transportation, transportation pay act funds, the cost of maintaining and staffing rest areas, construction of transportation capital facilities used by the agency of transportation, and transportation debt service, shall not exceed 18.5 18.0 percent of the total of the prior fiscal year transportation fund appropriations.

Sec. 259.  19 V.S.A. § 11f is added to read:

§ 11f.  VERMONT BRIDGE COMMON SENSE FUND

A special fund constituted under subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, designated as the Vermont bridge common sense fund, is hereby created.  The purpose of the fund is to maximize the useful life of Vermont’s bridges at least cost, through a systematic program of asset management that will eliminate avoidable deterioration costs and maximize the availability of resources for all transportation purposes.  Monies in this fund shall be used exclusively for the rehabilitation, replacement, and reconstruction of such state and town highway bridge projects as are specifically approved by the general assembly.  For fiscal year 2006, $1,000,000.00 shall be transferred from the transportation fund to the special fund.

Sec. 260.  RETIREE MEDICAL BENEFITS RESERVE

(a)  There is hereby established in the general fund a retiree medical benefits reserve, which shall consist of funds transferred or appropriated there for the purposes of anticipating obligations that will result from implementation of GASB Statement # 45, “Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Post-Employment Retirement Benefits Other Than Pensions,” regarding the future medical benefits of retired Vermont state employees and retired public school teachers.

Sec. 261.  PERSONNEL EXPENDITURES GROWTH ANALYSIS

(a)  As part of the governor’s budget presentation the administration shall include a comparative analysis of the growth of payroll by fund over the past three years and the growth rates of the source fund.  Where payroll is growing faster than fund growth, the department shall provide an explanation for such growth and its impact on future budgets.

Sec. 262.  IN-DEPTH BUDGETING PILOT PROGRAM

(a)  As part of the fiscal year 2007 budget development process, the commissioner of finance and management shall select up to two departments to undergo an in‑depth budget review.  The commissioner’s choices of agencies to be reviewed shall be submitted for comment to the joint fiscal committee at its July 2005 meeting.  Said review(s) when completed, shall be submitted in writing to the house and senate committees on appropriations along with the governor’s budget proposal; however, in no event later than January 20, 2006.  The review shall examine all aspects of the department activities as to mission, goals and performance measures, the various financial and budgetary systems in place, and specifically:

(1)  Review department organization and finances for the effectiveness of achieving its mission.

(2)  Evaluate if there are any measures and specific measurable evidence of the value of the department’s programs and expenditures.

(3)  Assess the costs and benefits if a portion of the funds spent were used for other programs that could reduce demand for the department’s services.

Sec. 263.  FISCAL YEAR 2005 DESIGNATED BALANCE (WATERFALL)

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2005, the fiscal year 2005 unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2005, to the extent funds are available:

(1)  First, shall be transferred to the general fund budget stabilization reserve to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum.

(2)  Second, $900,000 shall be appropriated to the agency of human services for Vermont state hospital expenditures in fiscal year 2006.

(3)  Third, up to $3,415,096 shall be appropriated as necessary to the secretary of administration to ensure that said amount is available for fiscal year 2006 general fund pay act obligations.  This appropriation shall make up the difference from the above amount and that amount appropriated under

Sec. 264(a)(2) of this act [fiscal year 2006 contingent appropriation].

(4)  Fourth, $2,000,000 shall be transferred to the teachers’ retirement fund.

(4a)  Immediately thereafter, the amount of $300,000.00 is appropriated from the General Fund in FY 2006 to the Vermont National Guard Service Member Group Life Insurance Reimbursement Fund established by 20 V.S.A. § 1607 to provide reimbursement for life insurance premiums paid by Vermont National Guard service members while serving on active duty.

(5)  Fifth, $950,000 shall be appropriated for the following:

(A)  $450,000 to the defender general for upgrading the departmental computer systems;

(B)  $500,000 to the department of taxes to fund preliminary work in creating an automated corporate tax filing system.

(6)  Sixth, $700,000 shall be transferred to the human services caseload reserve.

(7)  Seventh, $1,926,000 shall be appropriated to the following:

(A)  $200,000 to the Vermont training program for training activities;

(B)  $195,000 to the department of education for adult education one‑time transition costs;

(C)  $50,000 to the department of health for “fit and healthy kids” community grants;

(D)  $59,000 to the judiciary for software needs;

(E)  $65,000 to the department of health, mental health services for a legal aid grant for competency evaluations;

(F)  $91,000 to the office of economic opportunity for individual development accounts;

(G)  $250,000 to the department of fish and wildlife for Camp Kehoe capital needs;

(H)  $200,000 to the department for children and families for the building bright futures facilities fund;

(I)  $35,000 to the Vermont symphony orchestra for the musical instrument purchase program for a concert grand Steinway piano;

(J)  $10,000 to the Vermont council on the humanities as a contribution toward the purchase of a building;

(K)  $25,000 to the department of libraries for law library materials;

(L)  $100,000 to the department of agriculture, food and markets for state fairs;

(M)  $250,000 to the department of public service to support development and increased use of cogeneration and biomass technologies;

(N)  $95,000 to the joint fiscal committee for budget system integration to be developed with consultation of the legislative information technology staff;

(O)  $20,000 to the agency of human services for teen parent education programs;

(P)  $81,000 to the department of education to reimburse districts for interest expenses incurred in fiscal year 2006 for school construction projects that have been assigned a funding priority rating level of 70 points or greater by the state board of education and are eligible to receive state school construction aid in fiscal 2006, but do not receive school construction aid in fiscal year 2006 due to lack of available state funds, provided that reimbursement shall be made solely for interest incurred on that portion of eligible costs for which state aid would have been paid if state funds were available.

(8)  Eighth, $1,000,000 shall be transferred and deposited in the retiree medical benefits reserve established pursuant to Sec. 260 of this act.

(9)  Ninth, $2,000,000 shall be transferred to the state teachers’ retirement fund.

(10)  Tenth, an additional $1,000,000 shall be transferred and deposited in the retiree medical benefits reserve established pursuant to Sec. 260 of this act.

(b)  Any remaining funds shall be transferred to the teachers’ retirement fund.

Sec. 264.  FISCAL YEAR 2006 CONTINGENT APPROPRIATIONS AND

                TRANSFERS

(a)  In the event the official 2006 fiscal year revenue forecast for the available general fund adopted by the emergency board at its July 2005 meeting exceeds $1,015,612,000, not including the first $1,020,000 of any increase attributable to the property transfer tax revenue growth, in excess of the official forecast of January 14, 2005:

(1)  First, in accordance with Sec. 272(a)(2) of this act, additional payments of interest received during fiscal year 2006 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.

(2)  Second, to the extent the forecast is exceeded, up to $3,415,096 is appropriated to the secretary of administration to fund fiscal year 2006 general fund pay act obligations.

(b)  Any remaining funds shall be reserved for appropriations during the fiscal year 2006 budget adjustment process.

Sec. 264a.  PAY ACT FUNDING

     (a)  In the event that the general fund pay act for fiscal year 2006 is not fully funded in subdivisions 263(a)(3) and 264(a)(2) of this act, the emergency board shall use its transfer authority to ensure that sufficient funds are available to fully fund the pay act general fund appropriation at its July 2004 meeting.

Sec. 265.  FISCAL YEAR 2006 TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUND

                 BALANCE

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(b), in fiscal year 2006, the balance in the tobacco litigation settlement fund shall remain in the tobacco litigation settlement fund.

Sec. 266.  TRANSFER OF TOBACCO TRUST FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(a)(3), at the close of fiscal year 2006, the secretary of administration may transfer funds from the tobacco trust fund to the tobacco litigation settlement fund established in 32 V.S.A. § 435a, in an amount needed to bring the ending balance of the tobacco litigation settlement fund to $0.00 for fiscal year 2006, but the amount transferred may not exceed the amount withheld from the payment to Vermont by participating manufacturers due in April 2006 under the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.  Upon release and deposit of the withheld funds into the tobacco litigation settlement fund, an amount equal to the amount transferred under this provision shall be returned to the tobacco trust fund.

(b)  This section shall not expire June 30, 2006.

Sec. 267.  16 V.S.A. § 2969 is amended to read:

§ 2969.  Payments

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(b)  Reimbursements under sections 2962 and 2963 of this title and for state-placed students under section 2950 of this title for expenditures for the final period of any fiscal year shall be paid from the available funds appropriated for that fiscal year and shall be encumbered for that purpose.

(c)(b)  For the purpose of meeting the needs of students with emotional behavioral problems, each fiscal year the commissioner shall use for training, program development, and building school and regional capacity, up to one percent of the state funds appropriated under this subchapter.

(d)(c)  Each fiscal year the commissioner shall use for the training of teachers, administrators and other personnel in the identification and evaluation of, and provision of education services to children who require educational supports, up to 0.75 percent of the state funds appropriated under this subchapter.  In order to set priorities for the use of these funds, the commissioner shall identify effective practices and areas of critical need.  The commissioner may expend up to five percent of these funds for statewide training and shall distribute the remaining funds to school districts or supervisory unions.  School districts and supervisory unions that apply for funds under this section must submit a plan for training which will result in lasting changes in their school systems and give assurances that at least 50 percent of the costs of training including in‑kind costs will be assumed by the applicant.  The commissioner shall establish written procedures and criteria for the award of such funds.  In addition, the commissioner may identify schools most in need of training assistance and may pay for 100 percent of help provided to these schools.

Sec. 268.  8 V.S.A. § 80 is amended to read:

§ 80.  Insurance regulatory and supervision fund

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(b)  Annually, $30,000.00 shall be transferred from the fund to the fire service training council special fund established in 20 V.S.A. § 3157.

(b)(c)  At the end of each fiscal year, the balance in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund shall be transferred to the general fund.

(c)(d)  The commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts to the insurance regulatory and supervision fund and issue warrants based thereon.

Sec. 269.  20 V.S.A. § 3157 is amended to read:

§ 3157.  Fire service training council special fund

The fire service training council special fund is established.  The fund shall be administered by the commissioner of public safety from which payments may be made to support training programs and activities authorized by this chapter, maintenance and operation of any permanent training facilities operated by the council, and the administrative expenses of the council.  The fund shall consist of all monies received from tuitions, contributions, capital grants, or other funds received by the council, transfers from the insurance regulatory and supervision fund under subsection 80(b) of Title 8, and assessments of insurance companies under subsection 8557(a) of Title 32, together with monies appropriated to the fund.  Monies remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain in the fund.  Disbursement from the fund shall be made by the state treasurer on warrants drawn by the commissioner of finance and management.

Sec. 270.  32 V.S.A. § 588(4)(A) is amended to read:

(A)  All monies to be expended from a special fund shall be appropriated annually by the general assembly, or allocated pursuant to the authority granted by the general assembly to the secretary of administration with regard to excess receipts, except when the state responsibility relative to the special fund is solely for the transference of monies between nonstate entities as determined by the commissioner.  No appropriation authorization shall carry forward beyond the fiscal year for which it was granted, except for properly encumbered payments and refunds of prior year expenditures.

Sec. 271.  REPEAL

(a)  16 V.S.A. § 2362 (commissioner of finance and management payments for medical students) is repealed.

Sec. 272.  Sec. 87f of No. XXX of the Acts of 2005 is amended to read:

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.

(a)  Capitalization of the indemnification fund created in 10 V.S.A. § 222a is from the annual interest received from the Vermont economic development authority upon the authority’s note to the state dated May 15, 2003 as follows:

(1)  In fiscal years 2005 and 2006, $100,000 of the payments of interest received shall be paid into the indemnification fund.

(2)  In fiscal year 2006, if the available general fund forecast for fiscal year 2006 adopted by the emergency board at its July 2005 meeting exceeds $1,015,591,000, additional interest payments received for fiscal year 2006 shall be paid into the indemnification fund.

(3)  In fiscal year 2007 and thereafter, the annual interest received shall be paid into the indemnification fund.

Sec. 273.  16 V.S.A. § 2885 is amended to read:

§ 2885.  Vermont higher education trust fund

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(c)  In August of each fiscal year, beginning in the year 2000, the state treasurer shall withdraw and divide an amount equal to five percent of the assets equally among the University of Vermont, the Vermont state colleges, and the Vermont student assistance corporation.  In this subsection, “assets” means the average of the fund’s market values at the end of each quarter for the most recent 12 quarters, or all quarters of operation, whichever is less.  Therefore, up to five percent of the fund assets are hereby annually appropriated allocated pursuant to this section, provided that the amount appropriated allocated shall not exceed an amount which would bring the fund balance below the initial appropriation funding made in fiscal year 2000 plus any additional contributions to the principal.  The University of Vermont and the Vermont state colleges shall use the funds to provide nonloan financial aid to Vermont students attending their institutions; the Vermont student assistance corporation shall use the funds to provide nonloan financial aid to Vermont students attending a Vermont postsecondary institution.

(d)  In August During the first quarter of each fiscal year, beginning in the year 2000, the commission on higher education funding may authorize the state treasurer to make an amount equal to up to two percent of the assets available to Vermont public institutions for the purpose of creating or increasing a permanent endowment.  In this subsection, “assets” means the average of the fund’s market values at the end of each quarter for the most recent 12 quarters, or all quarters of operation, whichever is less.  Therefore, up to two percent of the fund assets are hereby annually appropriated allocated pursuant to this section, provided that the amount appropriated allocated shall not exceed an amount which would bring the fund balance below the initial appropriation funding made in fiscal year 2000 plus any additional contributions to the principal.  One-half of the amount appropriated allocated shall be available to the University of Vermont and one-half shall be available to the Vermont state colleges.  The University of Vermont or Vermont state colleges may withdraw funds upon certification by the withdrawing institution to the commissioner of finance and management that it has received private donations which are double the amount it plans to withdraw.

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Sec. 273a.  20 V.S.A. § 1607 is added to read:

§ 1607.  VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE MEMBER GROUP

              LIFE INSURANCE  REIMBURSEMENT FUND; ESTABLISHED

(a)  The Vermont National Guard service member group life insurance reimbursement fund is established in the state treasury for the purpose of reimbursing Vermont National Guard service members for life insurance premiums paid for the service member group life insurance while serving on active duty since September 11, 2001, pursuant to rules adopted by the adjutant general.

(b)  The proceeds from grants, donations, contributions, appropriations, and other sources of revenue as may be provided by statute or rule may be deposited in the fund.  Interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.  The department shall maintain records indicating the amount of money in the fund at any time.

(c)  All monies received by or generated by the fund shall be used for the administration and delivery of reimbursement to Vermont National Guard service members for life insurance premiums paid while serving on active duty pursuant to rules adopted by the state adjutant general.

Sec. 274.  EFFECTIVE  DATES

(a)  This section and Sec. 150(b) of this act shall take effect on passage.



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