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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. 90.  AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL YEAR 2008 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS.

(H.737)

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

Sec. 1.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill shall be known and shall be cited as the "Budget Adjustment Act-Fiscal Year 2008."

Sec. 2.  Sec. 5 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

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

     Personal services                                        792,281           942,281

     Operating expenses                                       46,494             46,494

     Grants                                                        150,000           150,000

          Total                                                      988,775        1,138,775

Source of funds

     General fund                                               769,743           919,743

     Interdepartmental transfer                            219,032           219,032

          Total                                                      988,775        1,138,775

* * *

     (e)  Of the above appropriation, $150,000 is a one-time appropriation to be used by the secretary of administration to contract for an independent evaluation of law enforcement service provision statewide.  The secretary shall consult with the chairs of the committees on appropriations and government operations in both the house and the senate prior to issuing a request for proposal for this evaluation and prior to selecting a contractor.

Sec. 3.  Sec. 7(a) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(a)  The secretary of administration shall reduce general fund appropriations by $250,000 $235,982 and special fund appropriations by $158,671 in the executive branch of state government in fiscal year 2008 through the elimination of exempt positions, or leaving exempt positions vacant.

Sec. 4.  Sec. 12 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 12.  Human resources-operations

     Personal services                                     1,812,341        1,774,825

     Operating expenses                                     234,848           234,848

          Total                                                   2,047,189        2,009,673

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,619,098        1,581,582

     Interdepartmental transfer                            428,091           428,091

          Total                                                   2,047,189        2,009,673

Sec. 5.  Sec. 20 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services-information centers

* * *

     (a)  Of the above appropriation, $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to the friends of the state house to facilitate private fund raising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 13, 2006.  No naming opportunities shall be offered in connection with fund raising efforts.  These funds may not be used to supplant any existing personal service or operating expenses in state government.

Sec. 6.  Sec. 32 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 32.  Buildings and general services – fee for space

     Personal services                                   11,047,932      11,464,922

     Operating expenses                                10,976,702      12,429,611

          Total                                                 22,024,634      23,894,533

Source of funds

     Internal service funds                              22,024,634      23,894,533

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $22,024,634 $23,894,533, plus the costs of fiscal year 2008 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

* * *

Sec. 7.  Sec. 36 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 36.  Legislative council

     Personal services                                     1,924,939        1,966,939

     Operating expenses                                     153,500           153,500

          Total                                                   2,078,439        2,120,439

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,078,439        2,120,439

Sec. 8.  Sec. 37 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 37.  Legislature

     Personal services                                     3,904,123        3,940,323

     Operating expenses                                  2,899,885        2,920,885

          Total                                                   6,804,008        6,861,208

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,804,008        6,861,208

* * *

Sec. 9.  Sec. 38 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 38.  Legislative information technology

     Personal services                                        404,005           407,005

     Operating expenses                                     217,253           217,253

          Total                                                      621,258           624,258

Source of funds

     General fund                                               621,258           624,258

Sec. 10.  Sec. 40 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 40.  Sergeant at arms

     Personal services                                        530,079           550,579

     Operating expenses                                       68,292             68,292

          Total                                                      598,371           618,871

Source of funds

     General fund                                               598,371           618,871

Sec. 11.  Sec. 43 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 43.  State treasurer

     Personal services                                     2,316,050        2,316,050

     Operating expenses                                     354,787           354,787

     Grants                                                        100,000           100,000

          Total                                                   2,770,837        2,770,837

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,130,214        1,130,214

     Special funds                                           1,542,265        1,542,265

     Private purpose trust funds                            98,358                       

     Interdepartmental transfer                         ________             98,358

          Total                                                   2,770,837        2,770,837

* * *

Sec. 12.  Sec. 49 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 49.  VOSHA review board

     Personal services                                          32,052             38,052

     Operating expenses                                         8,330               8,330

          Total                                                        40,382             46,382

Source of funds

     General fund                                                 20,192             23,192

     Federal funds                                                20,190             20,190

     Interdepartmental transfer                             ______               3,000

          Total                                                        40,382             46,382

Sec. 13.  Sec. 50a of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 50a.  Tax department-municipal tax - homeowner rebate

     Grants                                                     6,506,140      11,206,140

Source of funds

     General Fund                                           6,506,140      11,206,140

* * *

(b)  This appropriation includes the $4,700,000 transfer to the general fund in Sec. 79(a)(4) of this act.

Sec. 14.  Sec. 55 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 55.  Total general government          150,453,836   157,120,266

Source of funds

     General fund                                          60,834,990      65,787,192

     Special funds                                           7,313,681        7,155,010

     Tobacco Fund                                              58,000             58,000

     Global Commitment fund                             105,000           105,000

     Federal funds                                           2,496,325        2,496,325

     Enterprise funds                                       2,674,518        2,674,518

     Internal service funds                              46,386,483      48,256,382

     Pension trust funds                                 25,912,834      25,912,834

     Private purpose trust funds                          997,598           899,240

     Interdepartmental transfer                         3,674,407        3,775,765

          Total                                               150,453,836    157,120,266

Sec. 15.  Sec. 56 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 56.  Protection to persons and property - attorney general

     Personal services                                     7,094,267        7,431,970

     Operating expenses                                  1,069,612        1,069,612

          Total                                                   8,163,879        8,501,582

Source of funds

     General fund                                            4,530,747        4,868,450

     Special funds                                           1,100,000        1,100,000

     Tobacco fund                                             290,000           290,000

     Federal funds                                              763,000           763,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,480,132        1,480,132

          Total                                                   8,163,879        8,501,582

* * *


Sec. 16.  Sec. 58 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 58.  Defender general – public defense

     Personal services                                     6,270,658        6,362,158

     Operating expenses                                     768,028           768,028

          Total                                                   7,038,686        7,130,186

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,531,219        6,622,719

     Special funds                                              502,467           502,467

     Interdepartmental transfer                                5,000               5,000

     Total                                                        7,038,686        7,130,186

Sec. 17.  Sec. 60 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 60.  Judiciary

     Personal services                                   26,882,091      27,532,091

     Operating expenses                                  8,048,252        8,048,252

     Grants                                                          70,000             70,000

          Total                                                 35,000,343      35,650,343

Source of funds

     General fund                                          30,267,034      30,917,034

     Special funds                                           2,335,772        2,335,772

     Tobacco fund                                               40,000             40,000

     Federal funds                                              414,327           414,327

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,943,210        1,943,210

          Total                                                 35,000,343      35,650,343

* * *

     (c)  The Vermont judiciary shall continue to deploy at additional locations interactive video technology to enable an increase in the number of status conferences, calendar calls, and other events to be conducted using this technology. 

Sec. 18.  Sec. 65 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 65.  Sheriffs

     Personal services                                     2,848,849        2,948,849

     Operating expenses                                     413,608           439,082

          Total                                                   3,262,457        3,387,931

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,262,457        3,387,931

* * *

Sec. 19.  Sec. 68 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 68.  Public safety - state police

     Personal services                                   38,085,058      39,011,180

     Operating expenses                                  6,590,315        6,590,315

     Grants                                                        975,634           975,634

          Total                                                 45,651,007      46,577,129

Source of funds

     General fund                                            8,320,468        9,246,590

     Transportation fund                                30,385,796      30,385,796

     Special funds                                           2,825,423        2,825,423

     Federal funds                                           3,558,334        3,558,334

     Interdepartmental transfer                            560,986           560,986

          Total                                                 45,651,007      46,577,129

* * *

Sec. 20.  Sec. 75 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 75.  Military - army service contract

     Personal services                                     3,300,460        3,360,460

     Operating expense                                   5,780,134        5,780,134

          Total                                                   9,080,594        9,140,594

Source of funds

     General fund                                               107,064           167,064

     Federal funds                                           8,973,530        8,973,530

          Total                                                   9,080,594        9,140,594

Sec. 21.  Sec. 76 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 76.  Military - building maintenance

     Personal services                                        975,531           915,531


     Operating expenses                                     441,925           441,925

          Total                                                   1,417,456        1,357,456

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,417,456        1,357,456

Sec. 22.  Sec. 81 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 81.  Agriculture, food and markets – food safety and consumer protection

     Personal services                                     2,620,156        2,620,156

     Operating expenses                                     495,573           495,573

     Grants                                                     2,600,000        2,630,000

          Total                                                   5,715,729        5,745,729

Source of funds

     General funds                                           1,732,864        1,732,864

     Special funds                                           3,411,959        3,441,959

     Federal funds                                              563,906           563,906

     Interdepartmental transfer                                7,000               7,000

          Total                                                   5,715,729        5,745,729

(a)  Of the above special fund appropriation, $180,000 shall be used to support the Vermont spay and neuter incentive program.

Sec. 23.  Sec. 103 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 103.  Total protection to persons and  property    

                                                                239,896,137    242,056,936

Source of funds

     General fund                                          82,338,006      84,468,805

     Transportation fund                                34,879,736      34,879,736

     Special funds                                         62,437,620      62,467,620

     Tobacco fund                                             619,645           619,645

     Global Commitment fund                          1,404,997        1,404,997

     Federal funds                                         45,710,780      45,710,780

     Enterprise funds                                       4,687,352        4,687,352

     Interdepartmental transfer                        7,818,001        7,818,001

          Total                                               239,896,137    242,056,936

Sec. 24.  Sec. 104 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 104.  Human services-agency of human services - secretary's office

     Personal services                                     6,890,677        6,956,435

     Operating expenses                                  2,676,686        2,676,686

     Grants                                                     4,487,973        4,487,973

          Total                                                 14,055,336      14,121,094

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,940,516        4,006,274

     Special funds                                                  7,517               7,517

     Tobacco funds                                            612,021           612,021

     Federal funds                                           4,954,088        4,954,088

     Interdepartmental transfer                         4,541,194        4,541,194

          Total                                                 14,055,336      14,121,094

* * *

Sec. 25.  Sec. 105 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 105.  Secretary's office - Global Commitment

     Grants                                                 871,278,097    810,542,092

Source of funds

     General fund                                        119,412,816    114,928,643

     Special fund                   15,270,557      15,270,557

     Tobacco fund                                        29,609,240      29,609,240

     State health care resources fund           157,186,147    148,325,411

     Catamount fund                                       7,168,430        3,726,530

     Federal funds                                       540,351,704    498,202,508

     Interdepartmental transfer                         2,279,203           479,203

          Total                                               871,278,097    810,542,092

* * *

(b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $34,539,006 $34,695,908 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

(1)  $17,283,434 certified state match available from local education agencies.  This amount combined with $24,881,566 of federal funds appropriated in this section equals a total estimated expenditure of $42,165,000 for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under the Global Commitment.  An amount equal to the amount of the federal matching funds for eligible special education school-based Medicaid services under Global Commitment shall be transferred from the Global Commitment fund to the Medicaid reimbursement special fund created in 16 V.S.A. § 2959a.

(2)  $8,956,247 certified state match available from local education agencies for eligible services under the Global Commitment provided to students through school-based health services, including school nurses.

(3)  $4,215,210 $4,419,798 certified state match available from local education and social service agencies for eligible services provided to eligible persons through children's collaborative services programs.

* * *

Sec. 26.  GLOBAL COMMITMENT APPROPRIATIONS; TRANSFER;

               REPORT

(a)  In order to facilitate the end-of-year closeout for fiscal year 2008, the secretary of the agency of human services, with approval from the secretary of administration, may make transfers among the appropriations authorized for Medicaid and Medicaid-waiver program expenses, including Global Commitment appropriations outside of the agency of human services.  At least three business days prior to any transfer, the agency shall submit a proposal of transfers to be made pursuant to this section to the joint fiscal office.  A final report on all transfers made under this section shall be made to the joint fiscal committee for review at the September 2008 meeting.  The purpose of this section is to provide the agency with limited authority to modify the appropriations to comply with the terms and conditions of the Global Commitment for Health waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

Sec. 27.  Sec. 107 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 107.  Rate setting

     Personal services                                        739,407           739,407

     Operating expenses                                       69,762             69,762

          Total                                                      809,169           809,169

Source of funds

     Interdepartmental transfer                            809,169

     Global Commitment fund                                                     809,169

Sec. 28.  Sec. 110 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 110.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

     Personal services                                   28,851,926      28,605,683

     Operating expenses                                  1,561,980        1,816,980

     Grants                                                        980,000        1,000,000

          Total                                                 31,393,906      31,422,663

Source of funds

     General fund                                                 50,000             50,000

     Global Commitment fund                        30,281,112      30,672,663

     Federal funds                                              700,000           700,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                            362,794      _________

          Total                                                 31,393,906      31,422,663

* * *

Sec. 29.  Sec. 111 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 111.  Office of Vermont health access-Medicaid program-Global Commitment

     Grants                                                 442,025,956    399,946,836

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                      442,025,956    399,946,836

* * *

Sec. 30.  Sec. 112 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 112.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program-long-term care waiver

     Grants                                                 187,675,107    189,793,638

Source of funds

     General fund                                          76,928,027      77,796,413


     Federal funds                                       110,747,080    111,997,225

          Total                                               187,675,107    189,793,638

Sec. 31.  Sec. 113 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 113.  Office of Vermont health access – Medicaid nonwaiver matched

     Grants                                                   58,390,811      57,243,502

Source of funds

     General funds                                         21,845,389      21,516,111

     Federal funds                                         36,545,422      35,727,391

          Total                                                 58,390,811      57,243,502

Sec. 32.  Sec. 114 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 114.  Office of Vermont health access – Medicaid program – state only

     Grants                                                   29,124,517      34,015,211

Source of funds

     General funds                                         28,869,330      32,771,132

     Global Commitment fund                             255,187        1,244,079

          Total                                                 29,124,517      34,015,211

Sec. 33.  Sec. 115 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 115.  Health - administration and support

     Personal services                                     5,623,417        6,134,359

     Operating expenses                                  2,268,996        2,268,996


     Grants                                                          50,000             50,000

          Total                                                   7,942,413        8,453,355

Source of funds

     General fund                                                                         59,976

     Special funds                                                24,525             24,525

     Global Commitment fund                          1,812,709        2,195,675

     Federal funds                                           6,101,179        6,101,179

     Interdepartmental transfer                                4,000             72,000

          Total                                                   7,942,413        8,453,355

Sec. 34.  Sec. 117 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 117.  Health - Blueprint for Health

     Personal services                                     2,851,522        2,464,127

     Operating expenses                                     385,783           385,783

     Grants                                                     1,570,403        1,570,403

          Total                                                   4,807,708        4,420,313

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                          2,933,398        2,546,003

     Catamount fund                                       1,846,713        1,846,713

     Federal funds                                                27,597             27,597

          Total                                                   4,807,708        4,420,313

* * *

Sec. 35.  Sec. 119 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 119.  Health - health surveillance

     Personal services                                     9,710,579        9,710,579

     Operating expenses                                  2,471,432        2,471,432

     Grants                                                     2,524,499        2,524,499

          Total                                                 14,706,510      14,706,510

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,901,636        2,251,636

     Special funds                                           1,307,500        1,307,500

     Global Commitment fund                          2,498,893        2,148,893

     Federal funds                                           8,923,937        8,923,937

     Permanent trust funds                                    10,000             10,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                              64,544             64,544

          Total                                                 14,706,510      14,706,510

* * *

Sec. 36.  Sec. 120 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 120.  Health - health improvement

     Personal services                                     8,051,727        8,051,727

     Operating expenses                                  1,038,409        1,038,409

     Grants                                                   12,101,405      12,234,405

          Total                                                 21,191,541      21,324,541

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,432,640        1,358,640

     Special funds                                              729,800           729,800

     Tobacco funds                                         2,780,225        2,780,225

     Global Commitment fund                          7,990,718        8,197,718

     Federal funds                                           8,251,158        8,251,158

     Interdepartmental transfer                                7,000               7,000

          Total                                                 21,191,541      21,324,541

* * *

Sec. 37.  Sec. 121 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 121.  Health - community public health

     Personal services                                   14,449,064      14,449,064

     Operating expenses                                  2,127,292        2,127,292

     Grants                                                   21,581,824      16,536,143

          Total                                                 38,158,180      33,112,499

Source of funds

     General fund                                               900,638           900,638

     Special funds                                           3,231,400           231,400

     Global Commitment fund                        15,830,919      11,910,238

     Catamount fund                                       4,000,000        4,000,000

     Federal funds                                         14,080,223      15,955,223

     Interdepartmental transfer                            115,000           115,000

          Total                                                 38,158,180      33,112,499

Sec. 38.  Sec. 122 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 122.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs

     Personal services                                     9,360,208        9,360,208

     Operating expenses                                  1,097,983        1,097,983

     Grants                                                   20,712,146      20,793,530

          Total                                                 31,170,337      31,251,721

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,229,571        3,229,571

     Special funds                                              235,499           235,499

     Tobacco funds                                         2,382,834        2,382,834

     Global Commitment fund                        16,461,136      16,542,520

     Federal funds                                           8,711,297        8,711,297

     Interdepartmental transfer                            150,000           150,000

          Total                                                 31,170,337      31,251,721

* * *

Sec. 39.  Sec. 123 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 123.  Health - mental health

     Personal services                                     4,653,064        4,885,308

     Operating expenses                                     640,626           640,626

     Grants                                                 126,737,194    126,361,789

          Total                                               132,030,884    131,887,723

Source of funds

     General fund                                               698,116           768,752

     Global Commitment fund                      127,296,709    127,040,132

     Federal funds                                           4,036,059        4,078,839

          Total                                               132,030,884    131,887,723

* * *

Sec. 40.  Sec. 124 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 124.  Health - Vermont state hospital

     Personal services                                   19,039,338      19,233,580

     Operating expenses                                  1,819,499        1,819,499

     Grants                                                            3,000               3,000

          Total                                                 20,861,837      21,056,079

Source of funds

     General fund                                          20,341,837      20,446,079

     Special funds                                              170,000           220,000

     Federal funds                                                50,000             90,000

     Interdepartmental transfer                            300,000           300,000

          Total                                                 20,861,837      21,056,079


Sec. 41.  Sec. 126 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 126.  Department for children and families - administration & support services

     Personal services                                   33,748,978      33,315,719

     Operating expenses                                  6,094,778        6,619,778

     Grants                                                     1,150,215        1,150,215

          Total                                                 40,993,971      41,085,712

Source of funds

     General fund                                          12,377,866      11,799,897

     Global Commitment fund                        12,890,508      15,474,478

     Federal funds                                         14,815,041      13,811,337

     Interdepartmental transfer                            910,556      _________

          Total                                                 40,993,971      41,085,712

* * *

Sec. 42.  Sec. 127 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 127.  Department for children and families - family services

     Personal services                                   20,267,158      20,312,853

     Operating expenses                                  3,118,322        3,293,322

     Grants                                                   63,287,929      61,583,451

          Total                                                 86,673,409      85,189,626


     Source of funds

     General fund                                          16,270,209      16,820,778

     Special funds                                           1,756,152        1,756,152

     Tobacco funds                                              75,000             75,000

     Global Commitment fund                        41,832,990      39,694,460

     Federal funds                                         26,059,058      26,163,236

     Interdepartmental transfer                            680,000           680,000

          Total                                                 86,673,409      85,189,626

* * *

Sec. 43.  Sec. 128 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 128.  Department for children and families - child development

     Personal services                                     2,943,906        3,145,206

     Operating expenses                                     762,228           767,228

     Grants                                                   48,629,569      49,946,240

          Total                                                 52,335,703      53,858,674

Source of funds

     General fund                                          21,585,001      21,504,371

     Special funds                                              865,000           865,000

     Global Commitment fund                          3,040,746        4,644,347

     Federal funds                                         26,619,204      26,619,204


     Interdepartmental transfer                            225,752           225,752

          Total                                                 52,335,703      53,858,674

Sec. 44.  Sec. 129 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 129.  Department for children and families - office of child support

     Personal services                                     9,027,353        8,546,984

     Operating expenses                                  3,797,607        3,852,607

          Total                                                 12,824,960      12,399,591

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,535,052        2,405,894

     Special funds                                              455,718           455,718

     Federal funds                                           9,446,590        9,150,379

     Interdepartmental transfer                            387,600           387,600

          Total                                                 12,824,960      12,399,591

Sec. 45.  Sec. 133 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 133.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

     Personal services                                     2,632,506        2,870,216

     Operating expenses                                     624,317           624,317

          Total                                                   3,256,823        3,494,533

Source of funds

     General fund                                            3,201,931        3,439,641

     Interdepartmental transfer                              54,892             54,892

          Total                                                   3,256,823        3,494,533

Sec. 46.  Sec. 134 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 134.  Department for children and families - disability determination services

     Personal services                                     3,221,300        3,221,300

     Operating expenses                                     574,946           574,946

     Total                                                        3,796,246        3,796,246

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                                                     246,517

     Federal funds                                           3,549,729        3,549,729

     Interdepartmental transfer                            246,517        ________

          Total                                                   3,796,246        3,796,246

Sec. 47.  Sec. 135 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 135.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

     Personal services                                     1,570,699        1,570,699

     Grants                                                     9,791,580        9,966,910

          Total                                                 11,362,279      11,537,609

Source of funds

     General fund                                            7,612,279        7,787,609

     Global Commitment fund                          3,750,000        3,750,000

          Total                                                 11,362,279      11,537,609

* * *

Sec. 48.  Sec. 136 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 136.  Department for children and families - general assistance

     Grants                                                     4,376,259        4,676,259

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,854,939        3,224,939

     Global Commitment fund                             410,000           340,000

     Federal funds                                           1,111,320        1,111,320

          Total                                                   4,376,259        4,676,259

* * *

(b)  Of the The above appropriation, an amount not to exceed $150,000 ($75,000 in federal TANF and $75,000 in 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.

* * *

Sec. 49.  Sec. 137 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:


Sec. 137.  GENERAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS; FLEXIBILITY PILOT

                  PROGRAM

* * *

(c)  The pilot program may operate in up to three five districts designated by the secretary of human services, to include Chittenden and Rutland Counties.  This program will be budget neutral.  For each district in which the agency operates the program, it shall establish procedures for evaluating the pilot and its effects.  The agency shall report annually to the general assembly on its findings from the programs, its recommendations for changes in the general assistance program, and a plan for further implementation of the program.

* * *

Sec. 50.  Sec. 138 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 138.  Department for children and families - reach up

     Grants                                                   39,205,606      42,303,606

Source of funds

     General fund                                          12,677,114      14,770,799

     Special funds                                         19,403,000      18,200,000

     Global Commitment fund                               45,685                       

     Federal funds                                           7,079,807        9,332,807

          Total                                                 39,205,606      42,303,606

Sec. 51.  Sec. 146 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 146.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - administration & support

     Personal services                                   23,442,892      23,315,862

     Operating expenses                                  3,702,406        3,702,406

          Total                                                 27,145,298      27,018,268

Source of funds

     General fund                                            6,467,588        6,640,558

     Special Funds                                             952,910           952,910

     Global Commitment fund                          5,940,176        5,540,176

     Federal funds                                         11,352,141      11,352,141

     Interdepartmental transfer                         2,432,483        2,532,483

          Total                                                 27,145,298      27,018,268

* * *

Sec. 52.  Sec. 148 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 148.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living grants

     Grants                                                   21,295,486      21,097,705

Source of funds

     General fund                                          10,059,299        9,861,518

     Global Commitment fund                          3,142,896        3,142,896

     Federal funds                                           7,655,791        7,655,791

     Interdepartmental transfer                            437,500           437,500

          Total                                                 21,295,486      21,097,705

* * *

Sec. 53.  Sec. 151 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 151.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - TBI home and community-based waiver

     Grants                                                     3,415,448        3,695,448

Source of funds

     Global Commitment fund                          3,415,448        3,695,448

Sec. 54.  Sec. 152 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 152.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - developmental services

     Grants                                                 127,545,146    128,862,125

Source of funds

     General fund                                               162,964           181,619

     Special funds                                              185,463           185,463

     Global Commitment fund                      126,872,324    128,124,303

     Federal funds                                              324,395           370,740

          Total                                               127,545,146    128,862,125

Sec. 55.  Sec. 156 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 156.  Corrections - correctional services

     Personal services                                   69,445,693      69,576,739

     Operating expenses                                31,361,582      31,490,582

     Grants                                                     1,660,500        1,765,630

          Total                                               102,467,775    102,832,951

Source of funds

     General fund                                          98,170,305      98,284,481

     Special funds                                              547,919           547,919

     Tobacco fund                                               87,500             87,500

     Global Commitment fund                          2,894,144        3,145,144

     Federal funds                                              686,861           686,861

     Interdepartmental transfer                              81,046             81,046

          Total                                               102,467,775    102,832,951

* * *

Sec. 56.  Sec. 157 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 157.  Corrections - correctional services - out-of-state beds

     Operating expenses                                  9,621,342      11,857,868

Source of funds

     General fund                                            9,621,342      11,857,868

     (a)  In fiscal year 2008, upon approval of the commissioner of finance and management, the commissioner of corrections may transfer unexpended funds for out-of-state bed expenses to the appropriation for correctional services.  Any transfer made under this authority shall be reported to the house and senate committees on appropriations.

Sec. 57.  Sec. 163 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 163.  Total human services            2,531,416,112  2,437,291,219

Source of funds

     General fund                                        493,209,047    498,726,479

     Special funds                                         76,187,668      72,034,668

     Tobacco fund                                        35,546,820      35,546,820

     Global Commitment fund                      853,052,203    812,482,244

     State health care resources fund           157,186,147    148,325,411

     Catamount fund                                     13,015,143        9,573,243

     Federal funds                                       883,671,653    845,015,959

     Permanent trust funds                                    10,000             10,000

     Internal service funds                                3,322,612        3,322,612

     Interdepartmental transfer                       16,214,819      12,253,783

          Total                                            2,531,416,112 2,437,291,219

Sec. 58.  Sec. 175 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 175.  Education - adult education and literacy

     Grants                                                     4,593,059        5,343,059

Source of funds

     General fund                                            2,717,398        2,717,398

     Education fund                 1,000,000        1,750,000

     Federal funds                                              875,661           875,661

          Total                                                   4,593,059        5,343,059

* * *

Sec. 59.  Sec. 176 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 176.  Education - adjusted education payment

     Grants                                              1,063,700,000 1,058,295,808

Source of funds

     Education fund          1,063,700,000 1,058,295,808

* * *

Sec. 60.  Sec. 180 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 180.  Education - capital debt service aid

     Grants                                                        280,000           224,407

Source of funds

     Education fund                    280,000           224,407

Sec. 61.  Sec. 189 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 189.  Total general education and property tax assistance                                                                                                     1,754,540,454 1,749,830,669

Source of funds

     General fund                                        335,912,914    335,912,914

     Transportation fund                                     127,483           127,483

     Education fund          1,259,249,933 1,254,540,148

     Special funds                                         18,237,521      18,237,521

     Tobacco fund                                             995,668           995,668

     Global Commitment fund                          1,052,999        1,052,999

     Federal funds                                       116,935,063    116,935,063

     Pension trust funds                                 21,772,624      21,772,624

     Interdepartmental transfer                            256,249           256,249

          Total                                            1,754,540,454 1,749,830,669

Sec. 62.  Sec. 196 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 196.  Vermont student assistance corporation

     Grants                                                   19,153,758      19,128,758

Source of funds

     General fund                                          19,153,758      19,128,758

* * *

Sec. 63.  Sec. 198 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 198.  Total higher education

                   and other                                 88,195,184      88,170,184

Source of funds

     General fund                                          83,783,621      83,758,621

     Global Commitment fund                          4,411,563        4,411,563

          Total                                                 88,195,184      88,170,184

Sec. 64.  Sec. 219 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 219.  Housing and community affairs

     Personal service                                       2,307,833        2,307,833

     Operating expenses                                     361,339           361,339

     Grants                                                     4,415,137        4,470,137

          Total                                                   7,084,309        7,139,309

Source of funds

     General fund                                            1,390,297        1,445,297

     Special funds                                           3,991,815        3,991,815

     Federal funds                                           1,646,697        1,646,697

     Interdepartmental transfer                              55,500             55,500

          Total                                                   7,084,309        7,139,309

* * *

(c)  Of the above general fund appropriation, $55,000 shall be for grants, on a one-time basis, to communities related to ancient roads and unidentified corridors requirements.

Sec. 65.  Sec. 234 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 234.  Total commerce and community development

                                                                  59,113,306      59,168,306

Source of funds

     General fund                                          15,865,504      15,920,504

     Special funds                                         21,153,075      21,153,075

     Federal funds                                         20,268,872      20,268,872

     Enterprise funds                                          789,893           789,893

     Interdepartmental transfer                         1,035,962        1,035,962

     Total                                                      59,113,306      59,168,306

Sec. 66.  Sec. 237 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 237.  Transportation - aviation

     Personal services                                     1,761,751        1,761,751

     Operating expenses                                  5,295,449        5,095,449

     Grants                                                        160,000           160,000

          Total                                                   7,217,200        7,017,200

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                  2,123,200        1,923,200

     Federal funds                                           5,094,000        5,094,000

          Total                                                   7,217,200        7,017,200

Sec. 67.  Sec. 239 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 239.  Transportation - program development

     Personal services                                   35,867,267      35,867,267

     Operating expenses                              112,896,085    106,396,085

     Grants                                                   26,116,926      26,116,926

          Total                                               174,880,278    168,380,278

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                34,355,234      33,390,234

     Local match                     1,788,677        1,788,677

     Federal funds                                       133,566,367    128,031,367

     Interdepartmental transfer                         5,170,000        5,170,000

          Total                                               174,880,278    168,380,278

Sec. 68.  Sec. 240 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 240.  Transportation - rest areas

     Personal services                                        100,000           100,000

     Operating expenses                                  3,550,000           550,000

          Total                                                   3,650,000           650,000

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                     391,760             91,760

     Federal funds                                           3,258,240           558,240

          Total                                                   3,650,000           650,000

Sec. 69.  Sec. 243 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 243.  Transportation - rail

     Personal services                                     5,102,227        5,102,227

     Operating expenses                                14,243,260      12,143,260

     Grants                                                     3,320,000        3,320,000

          Total                                                 22,665,487      20,565,487

     Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                10,053,487        9,553,487

     Federal funds                                         12,612,000      11,012,000

          Total                                                 22,665,487      20,565,487

Sec. 70.  Sec. 246 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 246.  Transportation - central garage

* * *

(a)  $5,252,668 of the above appropriation is appropriated from the transportation equipment replacement account within the central garage fund for the purchase of equipment as authorized in 19 V.S.A. § 13(b).

(b)  The agency of transportation, central garage, is authorized to initiate the solicitation of bids for an additional under-bridge inspection vehicle to support the agency’s bridge inspection program.  The vehicle will not be ordered or other obligation or commitment incurred with respect to the vehicle until specific authority is granted by the general assembly.

Sec. 71.  Sec. 247 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 247.  Department of motor vehicles

     Personal services                                   17,147,046      18,647,046

     Operating expenses                                  7,629,667        7,629,667

     Grants                                                        339,000           339,000

          Total                                                 25,115,713      26,615,713

     Source of funds

     Transportation fund                                23,341,574      24,841,574

     Federal funds                                           1,774,139        1,774,139

          Total                                                 25,115,713      26,615,713

Sec. 72.  Sec. 258 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 258.  Total transportation                  420,875,874    410,575,874

Source of funds

     Transportation fund                              192,667,968    192,202,968

     Special funds                                              610,500           610,500

     Local match                     2,951,403        2,951,403

     Federal funds                                       204,264,381    194,429,381

     Internal service funds                              14,611,622      14,611,622

     Interdepartmental transfer                         5,770,000        5,770,000

          Total                                               420,875,874    410,575,874

Sec. 73.  Sec. 259 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 259.  Debt service

     Debt service                                          69,420,026      68,698,029

Source of funds

     General fund                                          64,929,281      64,205,317

     Transportation fund                                  1,994,895        1,996,862


     Special funds                                           2,495,850        2,495,850

          Total                                                 69,420,026      68,698,029

Sec. 74.  Sec. 260 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 260.  Total debt service                      69,420,026      68,698,029

     Source of funds

     General fund                                          64,929,281      64,205,317

     Transportation fund                                  1,994,895        1,996,862

     Special funds                                           2,495,850        2,495,850

          Total                                                 69,420,026      68,698,029

Sec. 75.  APPROPRIATION ADJUSTMENTS

(a)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to dental plan premium savings, personal services appropriations are reduced by $396,430 general fund and $97,181 transportation fund in accordance with the schedule, entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Reductions Due to Dental Plan Premium Savings" filed with the joint fiscal committee.

(b)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to general liability and auto liability insurance premium savings, operating expense appropriations are reduced by $1,541,856 general fund and $660,404 transportation fund in accordance with the schedule, entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Reductions Due to Liability Insurance Premium Savings" filed with the joint fiscal committee.  The secretary of administration shall allocate these amounts to appropriations within departments.  The secretary of administration may substitute appropriation reductions in other funds, and in fund transfers to the general fund of a like amount if the general fund appropriation reduction is not consistent with the liability premium savings.

(c)  To reflect adjustments to budgets due to increases in Facilities Operations (Fee-For-Space) charges, operating expense appropriations are increased by $1,718,787 general fund in accordance with the schedule entitled "FY2008 Appropriation Increases Due to Increased Facilities Operations

(Fee-For-Space) Costs" filed with the joint fiscal committee.  The secretary of administration shall allocate these amounts to appropriations within departments.

Sec. 76.  REESTABLISH APPROPRIATION DUE TO AUGUST 23, 2007

               EMERGENCY BOARD TRANSFER

(a)  There is hereby appropriated $6,477,655 general fund in fiscal year 2008 to corrections-correctional services, to reestablish spending authority transferred for home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP-grants, authorized by the emergency board on August 23, 2007.

Sec. 77.  Sec. 56(d) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(d)  In fiscal year 2007, $1,000,000 $900,000 in general funds shall be reserved and to the extent needed is hereby appropriated to the attorney general as necessary for payment of legal costs and charges arising from settlements of completed legal actions.

Sec. 78.  Sec. 9(a)(3)(A) of No. 47 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(A)  From the transportation fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007, $1,210,258.00 $1,192,197.00;

Sec. 78a.  Sec. 279(b) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

     (b)  In accordance with Notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 13(c), the amount of $900,000 is transferred from the transportation fund to the central garage fund created in 19 V.S.A. § 13.

Sec. 79.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008:

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

               Fidelity/interest earnings                  1,000,000           Approx.

               Bond premium                                  318,939

62100     Abandoned property                      2,479,018           Approx.

               Amortization of W.R. Grace 5,911

               Caledonia Fair                                      5,000

               North Country Hospital Loan 24,250

50300     Liquor Control                                  836,519           Approx.

22005     Dept. Environmental Conservation Federal Indirect Cost Reimbursements

               (Dept ID 6140040000)                  1,234,385

21110     Employee Leasing Companies           100,000

21140     DUI Enforcement Special Fund (Corrections; Business Unit 03480)                                                    5,722

21340     Out-Of-State Power Sales Fund              108           Approx.

21380     Rockefeller State Zoning Fund             80,707           Approx.

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Office of Vt Health Access; Business

               Unit 03410)                                      747,889

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Health Dept.; Business Unit 03420)

                                                                         82,324

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Finance & Management; Business Unit 01110)                              31,612

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Buildings & Gen. Services-Governmental;

               Business Unit 01150)                          52,181

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Education Dept.; Business Unit 05100)                                                         108,212

21500     Inter-Unit Transfers Fund (Secretary of State; Business Unit 02230)                                                      4,940


21584     Surplus Property (Dept. Labor; Business Unit 04100)

                                                                              900

21594     Tax-PVR Use Value Admin. 8,799

21595     BGS-Public Records                         106,115

21602     BGS-Vital Records                           343,885

21603     Motorist Aid Refreshment Prog.        150,000

21636     AG-Auto Repair Investigative Fund       7,000

21698     Public Service Dept. Regulation/Energy Effic.

                                                                         85,488

21699     Public Service Dept. – Regulation – Admin.-Rec. (Business Unit

               02240)                                                    500

21701     Public Service Dept. – Ed – Energy

               Education                                                 975

21709     Public Service Board Special Fund 73,183

21860     PATH - Other Administration 22,687

21884     Emergency Personnel Survivors' Benefit

               Fund                                                   50,000

21890     Homeland Security-CPC (Dept

               Agriculture)                                         30,000

21975     Armed Services Scholarship

               Fund                                                   20,000

21993     VT Film Production Incentive 36,731 Approx.

(2)  All or a portion of the unencumbered balances in the insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21075), the captive insurance regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21085), and the securities regulatory and supervision fund (Fund Number 21080), expected to be approximately $7,767,353, shall be transferred to the general fund, provided that on or before July 1, 2008, the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration certifies to the joint fiscal committee that the transfer of such balances or of any smaller portion deemed proper by the commissioner will not impair the ability of the department in fiscal year 2009 to provide thorough, competent, fair, and effective regulatory services or to maintain accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and that the joint fiscal committee does not reject such certification.

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

21196     Catamount Fund                            3,500,000

21555     Emergency Relief and Assistance

               Fund                                                 562,409

(4)  Of the $6,600,000 transferred from the general fund to the education fund in accordance with Sec. 277(b)(1) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007, $4,700,000 is hereby returned to the general fund for use by the homeowner rebate program.

Sec. 80.  TRANSFER BETWEEN ACCOUNTS

(a)  The sum of $500,000 is transferred from the motor fuel account to the heating fuel account in the petroleum cleanup fund created in 10 V.S.A.

§ 1941.

Sec. 81.  REVERSIONS

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the general fund from the accounts indicated:

1110003000    Budget & Management 25,275

1140890701    Act 185 Implementation             61,600

1220890601    Vt Tax Study                               7,182

1260080000    Interest-Temp Borrowing             1,760

1260090000    Interest-Bonded Debt                  4,389

1260980000    Debt Service                             21,853

2130100000    State's Attorneys                     528,986

2200040000    Plant Industry, Labs & CA

                        Div                                              1,657

2200880207    Cattle Hlth & Qual Assur Prog        881

2230890501    Licensed Land Surveyors             5,735

2270001000    Vermont Racing Commission          375

3420890603    ADAP-Benn Mobile Meth

                        Clinic                                         55,000

4100500000    VDOL Program                      100,000

6100010000    ANR Admin Management

                        & Planning                                 14,010

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the transportation fund from the accounts indicated:

1100010000    Secretary of Administration             197

2130100000    State's Attorneys                         3,480

8100000100    Transportation - Finance and

                        Administration                           72,128

8100000200    Transportation - Aviation         200,000

8100001700    Transportation - Interstate Rest

                        Areas                                        47,045

8100002000    Transportation - Maintenance 250,000

8100002200    Transportation - Policy and

                        Planning                                   546,461

8100002300    Transportation - Rail                500,000

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in fiscal year 2008 the following amounts shall revert to the education fund from the accounts indicated:

1140060000    Grand List Assistance                70,987

5100090000    Education Grant                    1,781,009

5100100000    Transportation Aid                     13,959

5100120000    Debt Service Aid                       62,175

5100190000    Essential Early Education

                        Grant                                       108,516

5100200000    Education - Technical

                        Education                                  22,097

Sec. 82.  SECRETARY OF ADMINISTRATION; CARRY FORWARD

               AUTHORITY

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law and subject to the approval of the secretary of administration, general, transportation and education fund appropriations remaining unexpended on June 30, 2008 in the executive branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be designated for expenditure.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, general and transportation fund appropriations remaining unexpended on June 30, 2008 in the legislative and judicial branch of state government shall be carried forward and shall be designated for expenditure.

Sec. 83.  4 V.S.A. § 28(c) is amended to read:

(c)  The maximum loan balance at any time shall be $100,000.00 $250,000.00 for one municipality and $400,000.00 for all municipalities.  The court administrator shall administer the municipal ticket repayment revolving fund and shall establish procedures to allocate the available funds fairly and equitably.  Upon the recommendation of the court administrator, the secretary of administration shall approve spending in anticipation of receipts from the fund up to a maximum of $220,000..00

Sec. 83a.  MUNICIPAL TICKET REPAYMENT; NOTWITHSTANDING

     (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of 4 V.S.A. § 28(a)(2), the town of Newport may receive such additional loans from the fund between June 30, 2001 and June 30, 2004 in an amount not to exceed $55,000. 

Sec. 84.  SALARY ASSISTANCE; NOTWITHSTANDING

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1565(b)(1)(C), adult service coordinators’ salary assistance shall not exceed 50 percent of actual salaries and benefits for fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 85.  Sec. 6d(a)(5) and (b) of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007 are amended to read:

(5)  In September 2006, the board approved Community Capital’s proposal based on the merits of Community Capital’s proposal for administering Job Start and the fact that Community Capital met the following six key qualifications:

(A)  Registered as a nonprofit with the secretary of state.

(B)  Certified by the secretary of state as being in good standing.

(C)  Certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

(D)  Experience managing municipal loan funds.

(E)  Has both the resources and a business plan sufficient to implement the job start revolving loan fund program statewide.

(F)  Has the support of the community action agency network as demonstrated by the Vermont community action directors' association.

(b)  In response to the findings, the purpose of this section and sections 6e, section 6f, and 6g is to ratify the recommendations of the Job Start Board to restructure the Job Start Program by moving the program from VEDA to OEO.OEO shall contract with a nonprofit as the program administrator provided the nonprofit meets the criteria of 3 V.S.A. § 3721(b) and has the recommendation of the Job Start Advisory Board and VEDA granting the assets and liabilities of the program to Community Capital of Vermont after the payments of the obligation in Sec. 6g of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007, to remove all the vestiges of the program from VEDA, to place the responsibility for the grants for regional microbusiness development programs in OEO, and acknowledging that OEO, the regional microbusiness development programs, and Community Capital of Vermont have common goals and will collaborate in their efforts.

Sec. 86.  GRANT AUTHORIZED

(a)  The Vermont Economic Development Authority shall grant to Community Capital of Vermont all the rights, assets, and liabilities relating to the Job Start Program.  The grant shall require:

(1)  that the funds be used for the same purposes as the Job Start Program, which are to operate a revolving loan fund to serve low-income Vermonters who own their own businesses;

(2)  that there be a loan maximum of $25,000 to any applicant;

(3)  that the Community Capital of Vermont board of directors shall include two members who are owners of microbusinesses;

          (4)  that a report be provided annually to the office of economic opportunity, the house committee on commerce, and the senate committee on economic development, housing, and general affairs on the status and use of the funds.  This report shall include Community Capital of Vermont’s audited financial statements to include a statement of activities and a statement of financial position.  The report shall provide details on the Job Start loan portfolio including number and value of loans outstanding, number and value of loans defaulted and charged off, number and value of loans disbursed during the course of the year, number and value of loans fully paid, and remaining capital available to lend.  The report shall also list the expected and actual number of jobs created or retained by recipient businesses as a result of accessing Job Start financing, the quality of the jobs created or retained as defined by salary and wage levels and benefits provided.

Sec. 87.  ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS

(a)  The $57,000 originally appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development in fiscal year 2008 shall be granted to Community Capital of Vermont for administration of the Job Start Program.

(b)  It is the intent of the legislature that, in fiscal years 2009 and 2010, a similar amount shall be granted from the department for children and families, office of economic opportunity to Community Capital of Vermont for administration of the Job Start Program.

Sec. 88.  REPEALS

(a)  The following are repealed:

(1)  Sec. 6f of No. 46 of the Acts of 2007.

(2)  3 V.S.A. §§ 3721 and 3723.


Sec. 89.  AUTHORIZATION FOR EXPENDITURES AT THE 9 DEPOT

               SQUARE SITE

(a)  Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 1283(b), environmental contingency fund expenditures of $30,000 in excess of $100,000 under subdivision (b)(3) of that section are authorized for removal of contamination at the 9 Depot Square site in Barre, Vermont.

Sec. 90.  Sec. 3(7) of No. 75 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(7)  Authorized spending on statewide ledge/slope projects is amended to read:

     PE                                                              207,375           207,375

     ROW                                                         207,375           207,375

     Construction                                            1,244,250        1,244,250

     Other                                                                      

          Total                                                   1,659,000        1,659,000

     Sources of funds

     State                                                           313,551           310,200

     Town fund                                                              

     Federal                                                    1,345,449        1,348,800

     Local                                                     _________                      0

          Total                                                   1,659,000        1,659,000


Sec. 91.  Sec. 6(1) of No. 75 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

(1)  Authorized spending for development and evaluation of candidates is amended to read:

     PE                                                              137,500           137,500

     ROW                                                                    0

     Construction                                                          0

     Other                                                                     0

     Total                                                           137,500           137,500

     Sources of funds

     State                                                               3,750             13,750

     Town Fund

     Federal                                                       133,750           123,750

     Local                                                          ______          _______            Total                                                         137,500  137,500

Sec. 92.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 44 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 (fiscal year 2008 reversion - state treasurer) is repealed.

(b)  Sec. 73(b) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 (limitation on disbursements by VSAC) is repealed.


Sec. 93  TOBACCO PROGRAMS; NOTWITHSTANDING

     (a)  Notwithstanding Sec. 120(i) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007, no funding shall be distributed under this provision until fiscal year 2009. 

Sec. 94.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This act shall take effect from passage.

(b)  Secs. 85 through 88 shall take effect upon passage, except for Sec. 88(a)(1), which shall take effect June 29, 2007.

Approved:  March 6, 2008



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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