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H.891

Introduced by   Committee on Appropriations

Date:

Subject:  Omnibus appropriation act

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to make appropriations in support of government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.

AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT

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

Sec. 1000.  SHORT TITLE

(a)  This bill may be referred to as the BIG BILL - Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Act.

Sec. 1.001.  PURPOSE

     (a)  The purpose of this act is to provide appropriations for the operations of state government during fiscal year 2009.  It is the express intent of the legislature 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, 2008.  Agency and department heads are directed to implement staffing and service  levels at the beginning of fiscal year 2009 so as to meet this condition unless otherwise directed by specific language in this act or other acts of the general assembly.

Sec. 1.002.  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 2009.

     (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, 2009. 

Sec. 1.003.  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 quasipublic 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. 2.001.  Secretary of administration - secretary's office

                   Personal services                                           848,494 

                   Operating expenses                                         59,918 

                   Grants                                                           150,000 

                        Total                                                     1,058,412 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  829,122 

                   Global Commitment fund                                 76,613 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              152,677 

                        Total                                                     1,058,412 


Sec. 2.002.  Information and innovation - communications and information technology

                   Personal services                                        4,842,221 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,022,252 

                   Grants                                                           400,000 

                        Total                                                     6,264,473 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  115,160 

                   Internal service funds                                  6,149,313 

                        Total                                                     6,264,473 

Sec. 2.003.  Information and innovation - Vermont information technology leaders (VITL)

                   Grants                                                           970,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  299,676 

                   Special funds                                                 330,824 

                   Global Commitment fund                               339,500 

                        Total                                                        970,000 

Sec. 2.004.  Finance and management - budget and management

                   Personal services                                           969,417 


                   Operating expenses                                       156,553 

                        Total                                                     1,125,970 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  945,847 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              180,123 

                        Total                                                     1,125,970 

Sec. 2.005.  Finance and management - financial operations

                   Personal services                                        3,354,394 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,328,541 

                        Total                                                     4,682,935 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   67,637 

                   Internal service funds                                  4,615,298 

                        Total                                                     4,682,935 

Sec. 2.006.  Human resources - operations

                   Personal services                                        2,338,000 

                   Operating expenses                                       628,820 

                        Total                                                     2,966,820 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,211,227 

                   Special funds                                                 297,761 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              457,832 

                        Total                                                     2,966,820 

Sec. 2.007.  Human resources - technical services

                   Personal services                                           811,108 

                   Operating expenses                                       494,382 

                        Total                                                     1,305,490 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,305,490 

Sec. 2.008.  Human resources - employee benefits & wellness

                   Personal services                                        1,450,506 

                   Operating expenses                                       433,486 

                        Total                                                     1,883,992 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,883,992 

Sec. 2.009.  Libraries

                   Personal services                                        2,027,969 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,581,218 

                   Grants                                                             62,500 

                        Total                                                     3,671,687 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,601,964 

                   Special funds                                                 152,482 

                   Federal funds                                                823,729 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                93,512 

                        Total                                                     3,671,687 

Sec. 2.010.  Tax - administration/collection

                   Personal services                                      12,212,179 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,943,714 

                        Total                                                   15,155,893 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             13,992,457 

                   Special funds                                                 908,436 

                   Tobacco fund                                                  58,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              197,000 

                        Total                                                   15,155,893 

Sec. 2.011.  Buildings and general services - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,193,312 

                   Operating expenses                                       353,689 

                        Total                                                     2,547,001 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,547,001 


Sec. 2.012.  Buildings and general services - engineering

                   Personal services                                        1,932,163 

                   Operating expenses                                       514,440 

                        Total                                                     2,446,603 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,446,603 

Sec. 2.013.  Buildings and general services - information centers

                    Personal services                                        3,570,072 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,306,663 

                   Grants                                                             45,450 

                        Total                                                     4,922,185 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,872,185 

                   Special funds                                                   50,000 

                        Total                                                     4,922,185 

Sec. 2.014.  Buildings and general services - purchasing

                   Personal services                                           730,292 

                   Operating expenses                                       318,605 

                        Total                                                     1,048,897 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,048,897 

Sec. 2.015.  Buildings and general services - postal services

                   Personal services                                           670,777 

                   Operating expenses                                       195,563 

                        Total                                                        866,340 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    40,000 

                   Internal service funds                                     826,340 

                        Total                                                        866,340 

Sec. 2.016.  Buildings and general services - copy center

                   Personal services                                           642,126 

                   Operating expenses                                       232,350 

                        Total                                                        874,476 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     874,476 

Sec. 2.017.  Buildings and general services - fleet management services

                   Personal services                                           562,573 

                   Operating expenses                                       154,346 

                        Total                                                        716,919 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     716,919 


Sec. 2.018.  Buildings and general services - federal surplus property

                   Personal services                                             68,567 

                   Operating expenses                                         77,525 

                        Total                                                        146,092 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                             146,092 

Sec. 2.019.  Buildings and general services - state surplus property

                   Personal services                                             63,768 

                   Operating expenses                                         63,840 

                        Total                                                        127,608 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     127,608 

Sec. 2.020.  Buildings and general services - property management

                   Personal services                                        1,139,014 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,945,329 

                        Total                                                     4,084,343 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  4,084,343 

Sec. 2.021.  Buildings and general services - workers' compensation insurance

                   Personal services                                        1,242,185 


                   Operating expenses                                       378,853 

                        Total                                                     1,621,038 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  1,621,038 

Sec. 2.022.  Buildings and general services - general liability insurance

                   Personal services                                           299,547 

                   Operating expenses                                       132,820 

                        Total                                                        432,367 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     432,367 

Sec. 2.023.  Buildings and general services - all other insurance

                   Personal services                                             98,919 

                   Operating expenses                                         28,388 

                        Total                                                        127,307 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                     127,307 

Sec. 2.024.  Buildings and general services - fee for space

                   Personal services                                      11,993,881 

                   Operating expenses                                  12,126,545 

                        Total                                                   24,120,426 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                24,120,426 

Sec. 2.025.  Geographic information system

                   Grants                                                           430,210 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 430,210 

Sec. 2.026.  Executive office - governor's office

                    Personal services                                        1,323,037 

                   Operating expenses                                       397,513 

                        Total                                                     1,720,550 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,527,050 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              193,500 

                        Total                                                     1,720,550 

Sec. 2.027.  Executive office - national and community service

                   Personal services                                           202,006 

                   Operating expenses                                       122,923 

                   Grants                                                        1,835,463 

                        Total                                                     2,160,392 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    56,528 

                   Federal funds                                             2,103,864 

                        Total                                                     2,160,392 

Sec. 2.028.  Legislative council

                   Personal services                                        2,007,162 

                   Operating expenses                                       163,692 

                        Total                                                     2,170,854 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,170,854 

Sec. 2.029.  Legislature

                   Personal services                                        4,362,889 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,419,474 

                         Total                                                     7,782,363 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,782,363 

Sec. 2.030.  Legislative information technology

                   Personal services                                           387,751 

                   Operating expenses                                       512,470 

                        Total                                                        900,221 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  900,221 


Sec. 2.031.  Joint fiscal committee

                   Personal services                                        1,210,211 

                   Operating expenses                                         87,821 

                        Total                                                     1,298,032 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,298,032 

Sec. 2.032.  Sergeant at arms

                   Personal services                                           541,207 

                   Operating expenses                                         71,346 

                        Total                                                        612,553 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  612,553 

Sec. 2.033.  Lieutenant governor

                   Personal services                                           143,693 

                   Operating expenses                                         17,920 

                        Total                                                        161,613 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  161,613 

Sec. 2.034.  Auditor of accounts

                   Personal services                                        2,805,929 


                   Operating expenses                                       142,283 

                        Total                                                     2,948,212 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  526,254 

                   Special funds                                                   54,431 

                   Internal service funds                                  2,367,527 

                        Total                                                     2,948,212 

Sec. 2.035.  State treasurer

                   Personal services                                        2,398,796 

                   Operating expenses                                       357,332 

                   Grants                                                             30,000 

                        Total                                                     2,786,128 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,170,693 

                   Special funds                                              1,522,872 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                92,563 

                        Total                                                     2,786,128 

Sec. 2.036.  State treasurer - unclaimed property

                   Personal services                                           766,310 

                   Operating expenses                                       252,226 

                        Total                                                     1,018,536 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Private purpose trust funds                          1,018,536 

Sec. 2.037.  Vermont state retirement system

                   Personal services                                      26,178,487 

                   Operating expenses                                       787,519 

                        Total                                                   26,966,006 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                    26,966,006 

Sec. 2.038.  Municipal employees' retirement system

                   Personal services                                        1,827,822 

                   Operating expenses                                       410,209 

                        Total                                                     2,238,031 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Pension trust funds                                      2,238,031 

Sec. 2.039.  State labor relations board

                   Personal services                                           175,087 

                   Operating expenses                                         40,263 

                        Total                                                        215,350 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  209,480 

                   Special funds                                                     2,935 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  2,935 

                        Total                                                        215,350 

Sec. 2.040.  VOSHA review board

                   Personal services                                             40,414 

                   Operating expenses                                           9,680 

                        Total                                                          50,094 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    25,047 

                   Federal funds                                                  25,047 

                        Total                                                          50,094 

Sec. 2.041.  Homeowner rebate

                   Grants                                                       12,921,868 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,921,868 

Sec. 2.042.  Renter Rebate

                   Grants                                                         7,955,852 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,386,756 

                   Education fund                                           5,569,096 

                        Total                                                     7,955,852 


Sec. 2.043.  Tax department - reappraisal and listing payments

                   Grants                                                        3,240,112 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           3,240,112 

Sec. 2.044.  Use tax reimbursement fund - municipal current use

                   Grants                                                        9,850,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               9,850,000 

Sec. 2.045.  Lottery commission

                   Personal services                                        1,523,184 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,093,578 

                        Total                                                     2,616,762 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          2,616,762 

Sec. 2.046.  Payments in lieu of taxes

                   Grants                                                        4,500,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              4,500,000 

Sec. 2.047.  Payments in lieu of taxes - Montpelier

                   Grants                                                           184,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  184,000 

Sec. 2.048.  Payments in lieu of taxes - correctional facilities

                   Grants                                                             40,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    40,000 

Sec. 2.049.  Total general government                       177,935,013 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             71,226,450 

                   Education fund                                           8,809,208 

                   Special funds                                              8,317,588 

                   Tobacco fund                                                  58,000 

                   Global Commitment fund                               416,113 

                   Federal funds                                             2,952,640 

                   Enterprise funds                                          2,762,854 

                   Internal service funds                                49,252,444 

                   Pension trust funds                                    29,204,037 

                   Private purpose trust funds                          1,018,536 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           3,917,143 

                        Total                                                 177,935,013 

Sec. 2.101.  Attorney general

                   Personal services                                        7,170,495 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,066,918 

                        Total                                                     8,237,413 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,519,248 

                   Special funds                                              1,295,235 

                   Tobacco fund                                                290,000 

                   Federal funds                                                643,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,489,930 

                        Total                                                     8,237,413 

Sec. 2.102.  Vermont court diversion

                   Grants                                                        1,724,534 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,204,534 

                   Special funds                                                 520,000 

                        Total                                                     1,724,534 

Sec. 2.103.  Defender general - public defense

                   Personal services                                        7,007,618 

                   Operating expenses                                       965,209 

                        Total                                                     7,972,827 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,469,734 

                   Special funds                                                 503,093 

                        Total                                                     7,972,827 

Sec. 2.104.  Defender general - assigned counsel

                   Personal services                                        3,251,287 

                    Operating expenses                                         77,909 

                        Total                                                     3,329,196 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,203,932 

                   Special funds                                                 125,264 

                        Total                                                     3,329,196 

Sec. 2.105.  Judiciary

                   Personal services                                      28,497,859 

                   Operating expenses                                    8,648,526 

                   Grants                                                             70,000 

                        Total                                                   37,216,385 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             32,113,828 

                   Special funds                                              2,712,400 

                   Tobacco fund                                                  40,000 

                   Federal funds                                                414,808 


                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,935,349 

                        Total                                                   37,216,385 

Sec. 2.106.  State's attorneys

                   Personal services                                        9,529,943 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,271,127 

                        Total                                                   10,801,070 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               8,593,446 

                   Special funds                                                   94,476 

                   Federal funds                                                  31,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,082,148 

                        Total                                                   10,801,070 

Sec. 2.107.  Special investigative units

                   Grants                                                           620,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  530,000 

                   Special funds                                                   90,000 

                        Total                                                        620,000 

Sec. 2.108.  Sheriffs

                   Personal services                                        3,186,568 


                   Operating expenses                                       277,101 

                        Total                                                     3,463,669 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,463,669 

Sec. 2.109.  Public safety - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,823,435 

                   Operating expenses                                       158,768 

                        Total                                                     1,982,203 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,945,576 

                   Federal funds                                                  36,627 

                        Total                                                     1,982,203 

Sec. 2.110.  Public safety - state police

                   Personal services                                      38,966,689 

                   Operating expenses                                    8,200,082 

                   Grants                                                           582,087 

                        Total                                                   47,748,858 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,281,795 

                   Transportation fund                                  29,231,384 

                   Special funds                                              2,073,265 

                   Federal funds                                             2,777,985 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           1,384,429 

                        Total                                                   47,748,858 

Sec. 2.111.  Public safety - criminal justice services

                   Personal services                                        5,708,438 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,129,222 

                   Grants                                                        3,046,453 

                        Total                                                   11,884,113 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  759,697 

                   Transportation fund                                    4,429,971 

                   Special funds                                              1,393,043 

                   Federal funds                                             4,677,888 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              623,514 

                        Total                                                   11,884,113 

Sec. 2.112.  Public safety - emergency management

                   Personal services                                        1,697,752 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,244,111 

                   Grants                                                           819,400 

                        Total                                                     3,761,263 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                         63,969 

                   Special funds                                                 167,471 

                   Federal funds                                             3,529,823 

                        Total                                                     3,761,263 

Sec. 2.113.  Public safety - fire safety

                   Personal services                                        4,381,112 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,588,040 

                   Grants                                                             55,000 

                        Total                                                     6,024,152 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  713,269 

                   Special funds                                              4,696,464 

                   Federal funds                                                410,772 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              203,647 

                        Total                                                     6,024,152 

Sec. 2.114.  Public safety - homeland security

                   Personal services                                        4,426,136 

                   Operating expenses                                    4,998,879 

                   Grants                                                        1,050,000 

                        Total                                                   10,475,015 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  431,070 

                   Federal funds                                           10,043,945 

                        Total                                                   10,475,015 

Sec. 2.115.  Public safety - emergency management - radiological emergency response plan

                   Personal services                                           766,867 

                   Operating expenses                                       233,666 

                   Grants                                                           736,703 

                        Total                                                     1,737,236 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,737,236 

Sec. 2.116.  Military - administration

                   Personal services                                           564,006 

                   Operating expenses                                       212,324 

                   Grants                                                           200,000 

                        Total                                                        976,330 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  976,330 

Sec. 2.117.  Military - air service contract

                   Personal services                                        4,544,156 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,590,889 

                        Total                                                     6,135,045 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  572,037 

                   Federal funds                                             5,563,008 

                        Total                                                     6,135,045 

Sec. 2.118.  Military - army service contract

                   Personal services                                        3,939,774 

                   Operating expenses                                    9,174,120 

                        Total                                                   13,113,894 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  107,151 

                   Federal funds                                           13,006,743 

                        Total                                                   13,113,894 

Sec. 2.119.  Military - building maintenance

                   Personal services                                           983,304 

                   Operating expenses                                       441,925 

                        Total                                                     1,425,229 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,425,229 


Sec. 2.120.  Military - veterans' affairs

                   Personal services                                           424,833 

                   Operating expenses                                       157,886 

                   Grants                                                           177,815 

                        Total                                                        760,534 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  627,029 

                   Special funds                                                   66,000 

                   Federal funds                                                  67,505 

                        Total                                                        760,534 

Sec. 2.121.  Center for crime victims services

                   Personal services                                        1,404,168 

                   Operating expenses                                       318,275 

                   Grants                                                      10,586,763 

                        Total                                                   12,309,206 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    49,809 

                   Special funds                                              8,394,319 

                   Federal funds                                             3,865,078 

                        Total                                                   12,309,206 


Sec. 2.122.  Criminal justice training council

                   Personal services                                        1,160,173 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,049,893 

                        Total                                                     2,210,066 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,419,664 

                   Special funds                                                 532,539 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              257,863 

                        Total                                                     2,210,066 

Sec. 2.123.  Agriculture, food and markets - administration

                   Personal services                                           888,375 

                   Operating expenses                                       383,721 

                   Grants                                                           374,701 

                        Total                                                     1,646,797 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,095,491 

                   Special funds                                                 382,465 

                   Federal funds                                                126,841 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                42,000 

                        Total                                                     1,646,797 

Sec. 2.124.  Agriculture, food and markets - food safety and consumer protection

                   Personal services                                        1,963,313 

                   Operating expenses                                       357,200 

                        Total                                                     2,320,513 

               Source of funds                                                               

                    General fund                                               1,176,490 

                   Special funds                                                 647,232 

                   Federal funds                                                489,791 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,000 

                        Total                                                     2,320,513 

Sec. 2.125.  Agriculture, food and markets - agricultural development

                   Personal services                                           642,276 

                    Operating expenses                                       507,350 

                   Grants                                                           302,500 

                        Total                                                     1,452,126 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  827,765 

                   Special funds                                                 380,361 

                   Federal funds                                                244,000 

                        Total                                                     1,452,126 

Sec. 2.126.  Agriculture, food and markets - laboratories, agricultural resource management and environmental stewardship

                   Personal services                                        3,840,687 

                   Operating expenses                                       621,088 

                   Grants                                                        5,000,000 

                        Total                                                     9,461,775 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,624,636 

                   Special funds                                              5,770,556 

                   Federal funds                                                518,329 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              548,254 

                        Total                                                     9,461,775 

Sec. 2.127.  Agriculture, food and markets - state stipend

                   Grants                                                           175,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  175,000 

Sec. 2.128.  Agriculture, food and markets - mosquito control

                   Personal services                                             20,000 

                   Operating expenses                                         60,000 

                        Total                                                          80,000 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   80,000 

Sec. 2.129.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,797,764 

                   Operating expenses                                         43,195 

                        Total                                                     1,840,959 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,840,959 

Sec. 2.130.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - banking

                   Personal services                                        1,099,669 

                   Operating expenses                                       271,733 

                        Total                                                     1,371,402 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,371,402 

Sec. 2.131.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - insurance

                   Personal services                                        2,809,503 

                   Operating expenses                                       532,483 

                        Total                                                     3,341,986 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              3,341,986 

Sec. 2.132.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - captive

                   Personal services                                        3,086,100 

                   Operating expenses                                       506,991 

                        Total                                                     3,593,091 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              3,593,091 

Sec. 2.133.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - securities

                   Personal services                                           506,876 

                   Operating expenses                                       157,690  

                        Total                                                        664,566 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 664,566 

Sec. 2.134.  Banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration - health care administration

                   Personal services                                        4,302,953 

                   Operating expenses                                       391,959 

                        Total                                                     4,694,912 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  308,251 

                   Special funds                                              2,487,837 

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,898,824 

                        Total                                                     4,694,912 

Sec. 2.135.  Secretary of state

                   Personal services                                        5,122,855 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,059,394 

                   Grants                                                        1,000,000 

                        Total                                                     8,182,249 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,765,725 

                   Special funds                                              4,341,524 

                   Federal funds                                             2,000,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                75,000 

                        Total                                                     8,182,249 

Sec. 2.136.  Public service - regulation and energy

                   Personal services                                        4,981,246 

                   Operating expenses                                       690,524 

                   Grants                                                        5,770,007 

                        Total                                                   11,441,777 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            10,248,977 

                   Federal funds                                             1,157,800 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                35,000 

                        Total                                                   11,441,777 

Sec. 2.137.  Public service - purchase and sale of power

                   Personal services                                             18,484 

                   Operating expenses                                           1,516 

                        Total                                                          20,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   20,000 

Sec. 2.138.  Public service board

                   Personal services                                        2,557,376 

                   Operating expenses                                       300,000 

                        Total                                                     2,857,376 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              2,857,376 

Sec. 2.139.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board

                   Personal services                                        1,736,061 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,925,191 


                   Grants                                                           823,443 

                        Total                                                     4,484,695 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              4,484,695 

Sec. 2.140.  Vermont racing commission

                   Operating expenses                                              400 

               Source of funds                                                               

                    General fund                                                         400 

Sec. 2.141.  Human rights commission

                   Personal services                                           391,204 

                   Operating expenses                                         91,961 

                        Total                                                        483,165 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  312,426 

                   Federal funds                                                170,739 

                        Total                                                        483,165 

Sec. 2.142.  Liquor control - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,476,488 

                   Operating expenses                                       422,089 

                        Total                                                     1,898,577 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,694,577 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              204,000 

                        Total                                                     1,898,577 

Sec. 2.143.  Liquor control - enforcement and licensing

                   Personal services                                        1,818,624 

                   Operating expenses                                       393,848 

                        Total                                                     2,212,472 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                289,645 

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,922,827 

                        Total                                                     2,212,472 

Sec. 2.144.  Liquor control - warehousing and distribution

                   Personal services                                           747,105 

                   Operating expenses                                       370,808 

                        Total                                                     1,117,913 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                          1,117,913 

Sec. 2.145.  Total protection to persons and property

                                                                                  257,249,989 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             90,693,231 

                   Transportation fund                                  33,725,324 

                   Special funds                                            66,913,832 

                   Tobacco fund                                                619,645 

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,898,824 

                   Federal funds                                           49,775,682 

                   Enterprise funds                                          4,735,317 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           8,888,134 

                        Total                                                 257,249,989 

Sec. 2.201.  Agency of human services - secretary's office

                   Personal services                                        6,977,471 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,004,134 

                   Grants                                                        3,546,153 

                        Total                                                   13,527,758 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,235,112 

                   Special funds                                                     7,517 

                   Tobacco funds                                              397,021 

                   Federal funds                                             5,183,280 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           3,704,828 

                        Total                                                   13,527,758 

Sec. 2.202.  Secretary's office - Global Commitment

                   Grants                                                    912,279,035 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           133,008,878 

                   Special fund                                             16,261,307 

                   Tobacco fund                                           39,487,801 

                   State health care resources fund              148,336,776 

                   Catamount fund                                          8,936,672 

                   Federal funds                                         565,884,947 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              362,654 

                        Total                                                 912,279,035 

Sec. 2.203.  Rate setting

                   Personal services                                           776,648 

                   Operating expenses                                         76,959 

                        Total                                                        853,607 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment funds                              853,607 

Sec. 2.204.  Developmental disabilities council

                   Personal services                                           207,538 

                   Operating expenses                                         45,452 


                   Grants                                                           245,000 

                        Total                                                        497,990 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                497,990 

Sec. 2.205.  Human services board

                   Personal services                                           284,719 

                   Operating expenses                                         65,106 

                        Total                                                        349,825 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,030 

                   Federal funds                                                  12,254 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              287,541 

                        Total                                                        349,825 

Sec. 2.206.  Office of Vermont health access - administration

                   Personal services                                      32,033,668 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,424,407 

                   Grants                                                        1,196,000 

                        Total                                                   35,654,075 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    75,246 

                   Global Commitment fund                          34,128,247 

                   Catamount fund                                             750,582 

                   Federal funds                                                700,000 

                        Total                                                   35,654,075 

Sec. 2.207.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - Global Commitment

                   Grants                                                    463,663,466 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                        463,663,466 

Sec. 2.208.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - long-term care waiver

                   Grants                                                    195,885,710 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             79,627,541 

                   Federal funds                                         116,258,169 

                        Total                                                 195,885,710 

Sec. 2.209.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid program - state only

                   Grants                                                      56,836,870 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General funds                                           35,376,640 

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,383,714 


                   Catamount fund                                        20,076,516 

                        Total                                                   56,836,870 

Sec. 2.210.  Office of Vermont health access - Medicaid non-waiver matched

                   Grants                                                      44,448,317 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General funds                                           16,068,046 

                   Federal funds                                           28,380,271 

                        Total                                                   44,448,317 

Sec. 2.211.  Health - administration and support

                   Personal services                                        6,238,145 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,582,888 

                   Grants                                                             50,000 

                        Total                                                     8,871,033 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  480,283 

                   Special funds                                                   24,743 

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,250,720 

                   Federal funds                                             6,043,287 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                72,000 

                        Total                                                     8,871,033 


Sec. 2.212.  Health - Blueprint for Health

                   Personal services                                        2,588,970 

                   Operating expenses                                         63,273 

                   Grants                                                        1,721,502 

                        Total                                                     4,373,745 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,499,162 

                   Catamount fund                                          1,846,713 

                   Federal funds                                                  27,870 

                        Total                                                     4,373,745 

Sec. 2.213.  Health - health protection

                   Personal services                                        3,744,590 

                   Operating expenses                                       756,614 

                   Grants                                                        1,789,500 

                        Total                                                     6,290,704 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  476,915 

                   Special funds                                              1,321,929 

                   Global Commitment fund                               154,930 

                   Federal funds                                             3,931,805 


                   Interdepartmental transfer                              405,125 

                        Total                                                     6,290,704 

Sec. 2.214.  Health - health surveillance

                   Personal services                                        9,850,677 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,514,540 

                   Grants                                                        2,524,499 

                        Total                                                   14,889,716 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,366,707 

                   Special funds                                              1,315,130 

                   Global Commitment fund                            2,195,643 

                   Federal funds                                             8,937,692 

                   Permanent trust funds                                      10,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                64,544 

                        Total                                                   14,889,716 

Sec. 2.215.  Health - health improvement

                   Personal services                                        8,166,759 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,037,591 

                   Grants                                                      12,032,405 

                        Total                                                   21,236,755 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,553,652 

                   Special funds                                                 735,627 

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,780,225 

                   Global Commitment fund                            8,075,844 

                   Federal funds                                             8,084,407 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,000 

                        Total                                                   21,236,755 

Sec. 2.216.  Health -  community public health

                   Personal services                                      11,656,786 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,546,371 

                   Grants                                                      19,527,841 

                        Total                                                   33,730,998 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  764,574 

                   Special funds                                                 232,856 

                   Global Commitment fund                          13,670,032 

                   Catamount fund                                          3,250,000 

                   Federal funds                                           15,698,074 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              115,462 

                        Total                                                   33,730,998 

Sec. 2.217.  Health -  alcohol and drug abuse programs

                   Personal services                                        3,372,335 

                   Operating expenses                                       811,106 

                   Grants                                                      27,293,891 

                        Total                                                   31,477,332 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,293,874 

                   Special funds                                                 236,210 

                   Tobacco funds                                           2,382,834 

                   Global Commitment fund                          16,726,203 

                   Federal funds                                             8,688,211 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              150,000 

                        Total                                                   31,477,332 

Sec. 2.218.  Health - medical practice board

                   Personal services                                           625,532 

                   Operating expenses                                       407,785 

                        Total                                                     1,033,317 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 910,064 

                   Global Commitment fund                               123,253 

                        Total                                                     1,033,317 

Sec. 2.219.  Mental health - mental health

                   Personal services                                        4,963,769 

                   Operating expenses                                       614,618 

                   Grants                                                    132,073,344 

                        Total                                                 137,651,731 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  703,540 

                   Global Commitment fund                        132,849,352 

                   Federal funds                                             4,078,839 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                20,000 

                        Total                                                 137,651,731 

Sec. 2.220.  Mental health - Vermont state hospital

                   Personal services                                      19,922,915 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,821,721 

                   Grants                                                               3,000 

                        Total                                                   21,747,636 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             14,227,636 

                   Special funds                                                 170,000 

                   Global Commitment fund                            7,000,000 

                   Federal funds                                                  50,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              300,000 

                        Total                                                   21,747,636 

Sec. 2.221.  Department for children and families - administration & support services

                   Personal services                                      33,227,280 

                   Operating expenses                                    6,655,247 

                   Grants                                                        1,300,215 

                        Total                                                   41,182,742 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,272,107 

                   Global Commitment fund                          14,698,891 

                   Catamount fund                                             560,036 

                   Federal funds                                           13,651,708 

                        Total                                                   41,182,742 

Sec. 2.222.  Department for children and families - family services

                   Personal services                                      21,476,718 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,330,327 

                   Grants                                                      64,307,283 

                        Total                                                   89,114,328 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             17,278,746 

                   Special funds                                              1,938,367 

                   Tobacco funds                                              275,000 

                   Global Commitment fund                          43,690,692 

                   Federal funds                                           25,669,650 

                    Interdepartmental transfer                              261,873 

                        Total                                                   89,114,328 

Sec. 2.223.  Department for children and families - child development

                   Personal services                                        3,338,891 

                   Operating expenses                                       843,660 

                   Grants                                                      50,211,925 

                        Total                                                   54,394,476 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             22,376,089 

                   Special funds                                                 865,000 

                   Global Commitment fund                            4,289,469 

                   Federal funds                                           26,724,411 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              139,507 

                        Total                                                   54,394,476 

Sec. 2.224.  Department for children and families - office of child support

                   Personal services                                        8,768,046 


                   Operating expenses                                    3,890,320 

                        Total                                                   12,658,366 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,690,872 

                   Special funds                                                 455,718 

                   Federal  funds                                            9,124,176 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              387,600 

                        Total                                                   12,658,366 

Sec. 2.225.  Department for children and families - aid to aged, blind and disabled

                   Personal services                                        1,801,009 

                   Grants                                                        9,989,580 

                        Total                                                   11,790,589 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               8,040,589 

                   Global Commitment fund                            3,750,000 

                        Total                                                   11,790,589 

Sec. 2.226.  Department for children and families - general assistance

                   Grants                                                        4,401,516 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,950,196 

                   Global Commitment fund                               340,000 

                   Federal funds                                             1,111,320 

                        Total                                                     4,401,516 

Sec. 2.227.  Department for children and families - food stamp cash out

                   Grants                                                      10,710,133 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                           10,710,133 

Sec. 2.228.  Department for children and families - reach up

                   Grants                                                      40,298,530 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             13,815,723 

                   Special funds                                            18,200,000 

                   Federal funds                                             8,282,807 

                        Total                                                   40,298,530 

Sec. 2.229.  Department for children and families - home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP

                   Personal services                                             20,000 

                   Operating expenses                                         90,000 

                   Grants                                                      11,502,664 

                        Total                                                   11,612,664 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            11,612,664 

Sec. 2.230.  Department for children and families - office of economic opportunity

                   Personal services                                           235,441 

                   Operating expenses                                         81,555 

                   Grants                                                        4,952,562 

                        Total                                                     5,269,558 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,372,103 

                   Special funds                                                   57,340 

                   Federal funds                                             3,797,615 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                42,500 

                        Total                                                     5,269,558 

Sec. 2.231.  Department for children and families - OEO - weatherization assistance

                   Personal services                                           164,613 

                   Operating expenses                                       133,014 

                   Grants                                                        8,235,000 

                        Total                                                     8,532,627 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              7,386,609 

                   Federal funds                                             1,146,018 

                        Total                                                     8,532,627 

Sec. 2.232.  Department for children and families - Woodside rehabilitation center

                   Personal services                                        2,899,574 

                   Operating expenses                                       649,151 

                        Total                                                     3,548,725 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,493,833 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                54,892 

                        Total                                                     3,548,725 

Sec. 2.233.  Department for children and families - disability determination services

                   Personal services                                        3,330,894 

                   Operating expenses                                       573,898 

                        Total                                                     3,904,792 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment funds                              246,517 


                   Federal funds                                             3,658,275 

                        Total                                                     3,904,792 

Sec. 2.234.  Department for children and families - childrens trust fund

                   Grants                                                           340,891 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    95,651 

                   Special funds                                                   75,000 

                   Federal funds                                                170,240 

                        Total                                                        340,891 

Sec. 2.235.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - administration & support

                   Personal services                                      24,187,650 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,732,463 

                        Total                                                   27,920,113 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               6,709,033 

                   Special Funds                                                941,685 

                   Global Commitment fund                            6,254,872 

                   Federal funds                                           11,524,001 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,490,522 

                        Total                                                   27,920,113 

Sec. 2.236.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - advocacy and independent living

                   Grants                                                      21,540,438 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             10,304,251 

                   Global Commitment fund                            3,142,896 

                   Federal funds                                             7,655,791 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              437,500 

                        Total                                                   21,540,438 

Sec. 2.237.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - blind and visually impaired

                   Grants                                                        1,486,457 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  364,064 

                    Special funds                                                 223,450 

                   Global Commitment fund                               250,000 

                   Federal funds                                                648,943 

                        Total                                                     1,486,457 

Sec. 2.238.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - vocational rehabilitation

                   Grants                                                        5,921,471 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,495,695 

                   Federal funds                                             4,132,389 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              293,387 

                        Total                                                     5,921,471 

Sec. 2.239.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - developmental services

                   Grants                                                    139,073,290 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  177,693 

                   Special funds                                                 185,463 

                   Global Commitment fund                        138,339,394 

                   Federal funds                                                370,740 

                        Total                                                 139,073,290 

Sec. 2.240.  Disabilities, aging and independent living - TBI home and community based waiver

                   Grants                                                        4,127,448 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Global Commitment fund                            4,127,448 

Sec. 2.241.  Corrections - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,022,147 

                   Operating expenses                                       315,394 

                        Total                                                     2,337,541 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,337,541 

Sec. 2.242.  Corrections - parole board

                   Personal services                                           317,373 

                   Operating expenses                                         62,076 

                        Total                                                        379,449 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  379,449 

Sec. 2.243.  Corrections - correctional education

                   Personal services                                        4,432,390 

                   Operating expenses                                       442,079 

                        Total                                                     4,874,469 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,976,001 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              898,468 

                        Total                                                     4,874,469 

Sec. 2.244.  Corrections - correctional services

                   Personal services                                      77,382,681 

                   Operating expenses                                  32,325,859 

                   Grants                                                        1,745,800 

                        Total                                                 111,454,340 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           106,972,826 

                   Special funds                                                 633,963 

                   Tobacco fund                                                  87,500 

                   Global Commitment fund                            3,094,144 

                   Federal funds                                                584,861 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                81,046 

                        Total                                                 111,454,340

Sec. 2.245.  Corrections - correctional services - out-of-state beds

                   Operating expenses                                  12,158,493 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             12,158,493

Sec. 2.246.  Corrections - correctional facilities- recreation

                   Personal services                                           603,012 

                   Operating expenses                                       523,986 

                        Total                                                     1,126,998 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  125,000 


                   Special funds                                              1,001,998 

                        Total                                                     1,126,998 

Sec. 2.247.  Corrections - Vermont offender work program

                   Personal services                                        1,372,913 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,909,635 

                        Total                                                     3,282,548 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                  3,282,548 

Sec. 2.248.  Vermont veterans' home - care and support services

                   Personal services                                      14,202,744 

                   Operating expenses                                    3,294,580 

                        Total                                                   17,497,324 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            10,675,489 

                   Global Commitment fund                               881,289 

                   Federal funds                                             5,940,546 

                        Total                                                   17,497,324 

Sec. 2.249.  Commission on women

                   Personal services                                           218,912 

                   Operating expenses                                         61,626 

                        Total                                                        280,538 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  275,538 

                   Special funds                                                     5,000 

                        Total                                                        280,538 

Sec. 2.250.  Retired senior volunteer program

                   Grants                                                           139,096 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  139,096 

Sec. 2.251.  Total human services                           2,656,659,570

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           522,109,263

                   Special funds                                            75,473,129

                   Tobacco fund                                           45,410,381

                   Global Commitment fund                        908,679,785

                   State health care resources fund              148,336,776

                   Catamount fund                                        35,420,519

                   Federal funds                                         907,360,720

                   Permanent trust funds                                      10,000

                   Internal service funds                                  3,282,548

                   Interdepartmental transfer                         10,576,449

                        Total                                              2,656,659,570 

Sec. 2.301.  Labor - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,460,451 

                   Operating expenses                                       740,738 

                        Total                                                     3,201,189 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  207,148 

                   Special funds                                                 313,558 

                   Catamount fund                                               78,814 

                   Federal funds                                             2,304,580 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              297,089 

                        Total                                                     3,201,189 

Sec. 2.302.  Labor - programs

                   Personal services                                      19,385,810 

                   Operating expenses                                    4,800,562 

                   Grants                                                        1,665,000 

                        Total                                                   25,851,372 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,147,525 

                   Special funds                                              2,972,550 

                   Catamount fund                                             315,258 

                   Federal funds                                           18,309,290 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,106,749 

                        Total                                                   25,851,372 

Sec. 2.303.  Labor - domestic and sexual violence survivors' transitional employment program

                   Grants                                                             15,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

               Special fund                                                          15,000 

Sec. 2.304.  Total labor                                               29,067,561 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,354,673 

                   Special funds                                              3,301,108 

                    Catamount fund                                             394,072 

                   Federal funds                                           20,613,870 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,403,838 

                        Total                                                   29,067,561 

Sec. 2.305.  Education - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                        5,161,711 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,713,880 

                    Grants                                                      10,757,117 

                        Total                                                   17,632,708 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,506,583 

                   Special funds                                            11,383,118 

                   Global Commitment fund                               845,143 

                   Federal funds                                             1,890,747 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                  7,117 

                        Total                                                   17,632,708 

Sec. 2.306.  Education - education services

                   Personal services                                      12,608,878 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,889,869 

                   Grants                                                    111,549,873 

                        Total                                                 126,048,620 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,766,318 

                   Transportation fund                                       127,483 

                   Special funds                                              1,985,599 

                   Federal funds                                         116,144,125 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                25,095 

                        Total                                                 126,048,620 

Sec. 2.307.  Education - special education: formula grants

                   Grants                                                    142,687,975 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                       142,457,975 

                   Global Commitment fund                               230,000 

                        Total                                                 142,687,975 

Sec. 2.308   Education - state-placed students

                   Grants                                                      15,767,500 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         15,767,500 

Sec. 2.309.  Education - adult education and literacy

                   Grants                                                        5,315,885 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,690,224 

                   Education fund                                           1,750,000 

                   Federal funds                                                875,661 

                        Total                                                     5,315,885 

Sec. 2.310.  Education - adjusted education payment

                   Grants                                                 1,107,064,375 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                    1,107,064,375 

Sec. 2.311.  Education - transportation

                   Grants                                                      15,002,711 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         15,002,711 

Sec. 2.312.  Education - small school grants

                   Grants                                                        6,562,385 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           6,562,385 

Sec. 2.313.  Education - capital debt service aid

                   Grants                                                           218,540 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                              218,540 

Sec. 2.314.  Education - tobacco litigation

                   Personal services                                           142,152 

                   Operating expenses                                         18,114 

                   Grants                                                           835,402 

                        Total                                                        995,668 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Tobacco fund                                                995,668 

Sec. 2.315.  Education - essential early education grant

                   Grants                                                        5,517,841 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                           5,517,841 

Sec. 2.316.  Education - technical education

                   Grants                                                      12,411,841 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Education fund                                         12,411,841 

Sec. 2.317.  Education -  cost containment - Act 117 of 2000

                   Personal services                                        1,118,415 

                   Operating expenses                                       121,307 

                   Grants                                                             91,000 

                        Total                                                     1,330,722 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                              1,330,722 

Sec. 2.318.  Appropriation and transfer to education fund

                   General fund                                           291,127,800 

                   Total                                                      291,127,800 

Sec. 2.319.  State teachers' retirement system

                    Personal services                                      24,127,088 

                   Operating expenses                                       891,713 

                   Grants                                                      35,849,097 

                        Total                                                   60,867,898 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             35,849,097 

                   Pension trust funds                                    25,018,801 

                        Total                                                   60,867,898 

Sec. 2.320.  Total general education                        1,808,552,469 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                           340,940,022 

                   Transportation fund                                       127,483 

                   Education fund                                    1,306,753,168 

                   Special funds                                            14,699,439 

                   Tobacco fund                                                995,668 

                   Global Commitment fund                            1,075,143 

                   Federal funds                                         118,910,533 

                   Pension trust funds                                    25,018,801 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                32,212 

                        Total                                              1,808,552,469 

Sec. 2.321.  University of Vermont

                   Grants                                                      43,328,640 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             39,322,484 

                    Global commitment fund                             4,006,156 

                        Total                                                   43,328,640 


Sec. 2.322.  University of Vermont- Morgan Horse Farm

                   Grants                                                               5,500 

               Source of Funds                                                              

                   General fund                                                      5,500 

Sec. 2.323.  Vermont public television

                   Grants                                                           620,880 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  620,880 

Sec. 2.324.  Vermont state colleges

                   Grants                                                      24,850,419 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             24,850,419 

Sec. 2.325.  Vermont state colleges - allied health

                   Grants                                                        1,096,168 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  690,761 

                   Global Commitment fund                               405,407 

                        Total                                                     1,096,168 

Sec. 2.326   Vermont interactive television

                   Grants                                                           879,617 


               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  879,617 

Sec. 2.327.  Vermont student assistance corporation

                    Grants                                                      19,632,602 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             19,632,602 

Sec. 2.328.  New England higher education compact

Grants                                                                                 84,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    84,000 

Sec. 2.329.  Total higher education and other               90,497,826 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             86,086,263 

                   Global Commitment fund                            4,411,563 

                        Total                                                   90,497,826 

Sec. 2.401.  Agency of natural resources - administration

                   Personal services                                        4,966,284 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,729,422 

                        Total                                                     6,695,706 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               5,027,166 

                   Special funds                                              1,118,202 

                   Federal funds                                                363,372 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              186,966 

                        Total                                                     6,695,706 

Sec. 2.402.  Connecticut river watershed advisory commission

                    Grants                                                             60,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    60,000 

Sec. 2.403.  Citizens' advisory committee on Lake Champlain's future

                   Personal services                                               3,600 

                   Operating expenses                                           3,900 

                        Total                                                            7,500 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                      7,500 

Sec. 2.404.  Natural resources - state land local property tax assessment

                   Operating expenses                                    2,008,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,746,500 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              261,500 

                        Total                                                     2,008,000 


Sec. 2.405.  Green up

                   Operating expenses                                           5,550 

                   Grants                                                             10,550 

                        Total                                                          16,100 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                      5,550 

                   Special funds                                                   10,550 

                        Total                                                          16,100 

Sec. 2.406.  Fish and wildlife - support and field services

                   Personal services                                      12,058,245 

                   Operating expenses                                    4,685,355 

                   Grants                                                           800,000 

                        Total                                                   17,543,600 

               Source of funds                                                               

                    General fund                                               2,060,348 

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                15,246,252 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              237,000 

                        Total                                                   17,543,600 

Sec. 2.407.  Fish and wildlife - watershed improvement

                   Grants                                                           100,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Fish and wildlife fund                                     100,000 

Sec. 2.408.  Forests, parks and recreation - administration

                   Personal services                                        1,065,106 

                   Operating expenses                                       637,346 

                   Grants                                                        1,861,600 

                        Total                                                     3,564,052 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,253,052 

                   Special funds                                              1,406,000 

                   Federal funds                                                905,000 

                        Total                                                     3,564,052 

Sec. 2.409.  Forests, parks and recreation - forestry

                    Personal services                                        4,657,620 

                   Operating expenses                                       593,488 

                   Grants                                                           393,000 

                        Total                                                     5,644,108 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,017,108 

                   Special funds                                                 360,000 

                   Federal funds                                             1,240,000 


                   Interdepartmental transfer                                27,000 

                        Total                                                     5,644,108 

Sec. 2.410.  Forests, parks and recreation - state parks

                   Personal services                                        5,412,517 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,259,558 

                   Grants                                                               7,000 

                        Total                                                     7,679,075 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,319,181  

                   Special funds                                              6,359,894 

                        Total                                                     7,679,075 

Sec. 2.411.  Forests, parks and recreation - lands administration

                   Personal services                                           437,682 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,221,534 

                        Total                                                     1,659,216 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  429,216 

                   Special fund                                                  145,000 

                   Federal funds                                             1,050,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                                35,000 

                        Total                                                     1,659,216 

Sec. 2.412.  Forests, parks and recreation - youth conservation corps

                   Personal services                                           304,459 

                   Operating expenses                                           9,593 

                   Grants                                                           450,000 

                        Total                                                        764,052 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                    50,000 

                   Special funds                                                 370,052 

                   Federal funds                                                  94,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              250,000 

                        Total                                                        764,052 

Sec. 2.413.  Forests, parks and recreation - forest highway maintenance

                   Personal services                                           222,978 

                   Operating expenses                                       101,000 

                        Total                                                        323,978 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  323,978 

Sec. 2.414.  Environmental conservation - management and support services

                   Personal services                                        3,049,394 

                   Operating expenses                                       843,239 


                   Grants                                                             81,524 

                        Total                                                     3,974,157 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,008,234 

                   Special funds                                                 922,426 

                   Federal funds                                             1,132,701 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              910,796 

                        Total                                                     3,974,157 

Sec. 2.415.  Environmental conservation - air and waste management

                   Personal services                                        7,760,975 

                   Operating expenses                                    6,181,405 

                   Grants                                                        1,411,000 

                        Total                                                   15,353,380 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  949,699 

                   Special funds                                            11,121,126 

                   Federal funds                                             3,108,570 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              173,985 

                        Total                                                   15,353,380 

Sec. 2.416.  Environmental conservation - office of water programs

                   Personal services                                      14,086,391 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,248,955 

                   Grants                                                        2,154,666 

                        Total                                                   18,490,012 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               7,105,906 

                   Special funds                                              4,437,205 

                   Federal funds                                             6,481,901 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              465,000 

                        Total                                                   18,490,012 

Sec. 2.417.  Environmental conservation – tax loss Connecticut river flood control

                   Operating expenses                                         40,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   40,000 

Sec. 2.418.  Natural resources board 

                   Personal services                                        2,465,153 

                   Operating expenses                                       345,108 

                        Total                                                     2,810,261 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  965,755 


                   Special funds                                              1,844,506 

                        Total                                                     2,810,261 

Sec. 2.419.  Total natural resources                              86,733,197 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             26,329,193 

                    Fish and wildlife fund                                15,346,252 

                   Special funds                                            28,134,961 

                   Federal funds                                           14,375,544 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           2,547,247 

                        Total                                                   86,733,197 

Sec. 2.501.  Agency of commerce and community development - administration

                   Personal services                                        2,026,671 

                   Operating expenses                                       664,041 

                   Grants                                                        1,096,200 

                        Total                                                     3,786,912 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               2,886,912 

                   Federal funds                                                800,000 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              100,000 

                        Total                                                     3,786,912 

Sec. 2.502.  Housing and community affairs

                   Personal services                                        2,302,051 

                   Operating expenses                                       381,619 

                   Grants                                                        4,418,864 

                        Total                                                     7,102,534 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,393,684 

                   Special funds                                              4,021,100 

                   Federal funds                                             1,687,750 

                        Total                                                     7,102,534 

Sec. 2.503.  Historic sites - operations

                   Personal services                                           610,229 

                   Operating expenses                                       298,325 

                   Grants                                                               3,000 

                        Total                                                        911,554 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  541,902 

                   Special funds                                                 369,652 

                        Total                                                        911,554 

Sec. 2.504.  Historic sites - special improvements

                   Personal services                                           304,537 

                   Operating expenses                                       153,242 

                        Total                                                        457,779 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                   50,000 

                   Federal funds                                                283,068 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              124,711 

                        Total                                                        457,779 

Sec. 2.505.  Community development block grants

                   Grants                                                        7,446,530 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                             7,446,530 

Sec. 2.506.  Downtown transportation and capital improvement fund

                   Personal services                                             70,035 

                   Grants                                                           729,965 

                        Total                                                        800,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                                 800,000 

Sec. 2.507.  Economic development

                   Personal services                                        1,924,000 

                   Operating expenses                                       843,925 


                   Grants                                                        1,546,979 

                        Total                                                     4,314,904 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               3,539,554 

                   Special funds                                                 475,350 

                   Federal funds                                                300,000 

                        Total                                                     4,314,904 

Sec. 2.508.  Vermont training program

                   Personal services                                           125,474 

                   Operating expenses                                         33,754 

                   Grants                                                        1,483,621 

                        Total                                                     1,642,849 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               1,607,849 

                   Special funds                                                   35,000 

                        Total                                                     1,642,849 

Sec. 2.509.  Tourism and marketing

                   Personal services                                        1,670,581 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,069,778 

                   Grants                                                           367,000 

                        Total                                                     4,107,359 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                               4,101,359 

                   Special funds                                                     6,000 

                        Total                                                     4,107,359 

Sec. 2.510.  Vermont life

                   Personal services                                           667,074 

                   Operating expenses                                       100,900 

                        Total                                                        767,974 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Enterprise funds                                             767,974 

Sec. 2.511.  Vermont council on the arts

                   Grants                                                           569,258 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  569,258 

Sec. 2.512.  Vermont symphony orchestra

                   Grants                                                           125,402 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  125,402 

Sec. 2.513.  Vermont historical society

                   Grants                                                           859,050 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  859,050 

Sec. 2.514.  Vermont housing and conservation board

                   Grants                                                      27,350,369 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Special funds                                            15,368,258 

                   Federal funds                                           11,982,111 

                        Total                                                   27,350,369 

Sec. 2.515.  Vermont humanities council

                   Grants                                                           190,599 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                                  190,599 

Sec. 2.516.  Total commerce and community development

                                                                                    60,433,073 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             15,815,569 

                   Special funds                                            21,125,360 

                   Federal funds                                           22,499,459 

                   Enterprise funds                                             767,974 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              224,711 

                        Total                                                   60,433,073 


Sec. 2.601.  Transportation - finance and administration

                   Personal services                                        9,314,503 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,560,917 

                        Total                                                   11,875,420 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  11,375,420 

                   Federal funds                                                500,000 

                        Total                                                   11,875,420 

Sec. 2.602.  Transportation - aviation 

                   Personal services                                        1,928,595 

                   Operating expenses                                    7,425,031 

                   Grants                                                           160,000 

                        Total                                                     9,513,626 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    2,295,626 

                   Federal funds                                             7,218,000 

                        Total                                                     9,513,626 

Sec. 2.603.  Transportation - buildings

                   Personal services                                             72,000 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,574,000 

                        Total                                                     1,646,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    1,646,000 

Sec. 2.604.  Transportation - program development

                   Personal services                                      35,192,941 

                   Operating expenses                                114,905,490 

                   Grants                                                      23,370,050 

                        Total                                                 173,468,481 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  28,851,365 

                   Local match                                               1,476,992 

                   Federal funds                                         133,628,874 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           3,911,250 

                   General obligation bond fund                      5,600,000 

                        Total                                                 173,468,481 

Sec. 2.605.  Transportation - rest areas

                   Personal services                                           100,000 

                   Operating expenses                                    2,200,000 

                        Total                                                     2,300,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       252,300 

                   Federal funds                                             2,047,700 

                        Total                                                     2,300,000 

Sec. 2.606.  Transportation - maintenance state system

                   Personal services                                      32,012,562 

                   Operating expenses                                  31,695,492 

                   Grants                                                           316,020 

                        Total                                                   64,024,074 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  60,652,558 

                   Federal funds                                             3,271,516 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              100,000 

                        Total                                                   64,024,074 

Sec. 2.607.  Transportation - policy and planning

                   Personal services                                        4,383,915 

                   Operating expenses                                    1,234,291 

                   Grants                                                        5,404,744 

                        Total                                                   11,022,950 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    1,983,875 

                   Federal funds                                             8,639,075 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                              400,000 

                        Total                                                   11,022,950 


Sec. 2.608.  Transportation - rail 

                   Personal services                                        7,574,901 

                   Operating expenses                                    9,044,000 

                        Total                                                   16,618,901 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    8,362,901 

                   Federal funds                                             8,256,000 

                        Total                                                   16,618,901 

Sec. 2.609.  Transportation - bridge maintenance

                   Operating expenses                                  12,948,348 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,508,456 

                   Federal funds                                             9,439,892 

                        Total                                                   12,948,348 

Sec. 2.610.  Transportation - public transit

                   Personal services                                           646,295 

                   Operating expenses                                         58,784 

                   Grants                                                      19,064,142 

                        Total                                                   19,769,221 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    6,727,897 

                   Federal funds                                           13,041,324 

                        Total                                                   19,769,221 

Sec. 2.611.  Transportation - central garage

                   Personal services                                        3,305,508 

                   Operating expenses                                  11,865,266 

                        Total                                                   15,170,774 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Internal service funds                                15,170,774 

Sec. 2.612.  Department of motor vehicles

                   Personal services                                      17,549,186 

                   Operating expenses                                    8,037,725 

                   Grants                                                           339,000 

                        Total                                                   25,925,911 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  23,854,657 

                   Federal funds                                             2,071,254 

                        Total                                                   25,925,911 

Sec. 2.613.  Transportation - town highway structures

                   Grants                                                        3,573,381 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,573,381 

Sec. 2.614.  Transportation - town highway Vermont local roads 

                   Grants                                                           375,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       235,000 

                   Federal funds                                                140,000 

                        Total                                                        375,000 

Sec. 2.615.  Transportation - town highway class 2 roadway

                   Grants                                                        6,900,750 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    6,900,750 

Sec. 2.616.  Transportation - town highway bridges

                   Personal services                                        3,650,000 

                   Operating expenses                                  19,325,019 

                   Grants                                                           382,200 

                        Total                                                   23,357,219 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                    3,230,176 

                   Local match                                               1,437,027 

                   Federal funds                                           18,690,016 

                        Total                                                   23,357,219 


Sec. 2.617.  Transportation - town highway aid program

                   Grants                                                      25,542,744 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                  25,542,744 

Sec. 2.618.  Transportation - town highway class 1 supplemental grants

                   Grants                                                           128,750 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       128,750 

Sec. 2.619.  Transportation - municipal mitigation grant program

                   Grants                                                        2,112,998 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                       247,998 

                   Federal funds                                             1,865,000 

                        Total                                                     2,112,998 

Sec. 2.620.  Transportation - public assistance grant program

                   Grants                                                           200,000 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Federal funds                                                200,000 

Sec. 2.621.  Transportation board

                   Personal services                                             78,185 


                   Operating expenses                                         11,806 

                        Total                                                          89,991 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                         89,991 

Sec. 2.622.  Total transportation                                426,564,539 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   Transportation fund                                189,459,845 

                   Local match                                               2,914,019 

                   Federal funds                                         209,008,651 

                   Internal service funds                                15,170,774 

                   Interdepartmental transfer                           4,411,250 

                   General obligation bond fund                      5,600,000 

                        Total                                                 426,564,539 

Sec. 2.701.  Debt service

                   Debt service                                             71,459,051 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             67,048,726 

                   Transportation fund                                    1,914,650 

                   Special funds                                              2,495,675 

                        Total                                                   71,459,051 


Sec. 2.702.  Total debt service                                     71,459,051 

               Source of funds                                                               

                   General fund                                             67,048,726 

                   Transportation fund                                    1,914,650 

                   Special funds                                              2,495,675 

                        Total                                                   71,459,051 

Sec. 2.801.  FISCAL YEAR 2009 NEXT GENERATION APPROPRIATIONS

(a)  In fiscal year 2009, the following amounts are appropriated from special funds:

(1)  from the next generation initiative fund, created in 16 V.S.A. 2887:                                                         8,000,000 

Sec. 2.802.      FY 2009 ONE-TIME APPROPRIATIONS

(a) In fiscal year 2009, the following amounts are appropriated from the general fund:

(1) to the legislature, for planning and preparation for the 2009 council of state governments northeast regional meeting in Vermont: 100,000  

(2)  to the department of tourism and marketing, for the Vermont Quadricentennial:          50,000

(3)  to the department of economic development, for regional development corporations: 75,000 

(4) to the department of education, for science assessments:

                                                                                         300,000

Sec. 2.803.  APPROPRIATIONS CONTINGENT ON SETTLEMENT

(a)  Secretary of state per Sec. 5.802(a)(1)                        540,000

(b)  Secretary of human services per Sec. 5.802(a)(2)                    

                                                                                      4,600,000

(a)  Vermont Economic Development Corp per Sec. 5.802(a)(3)

                                                                                         600,000 

Sec.  4.001.  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.  Notwithstanding Sec. 266(a)(4) of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007:

(1)  The sum of $314,503 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 $314,503 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 $14,383,258 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 $9,783,258 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 $4,302,105 is appropriated from the municipal and regional planning fund.  Notwithstanding 24 V.S.A. § 4306(a), amounts above $4,302,105 from the property transfer tax that are deposited into the municipal and regional planning fund shall be transferred into the general fund.  The $4,302,105 shall be allocated as follows:

(A)  $3,011,473 for disbursement to regional planning commissions in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(B)  $860,421 for disbursement to municipalities in a manner consistent with 24 V.S.A. § 4306(b);

(C)  $430,210 to the Vermont center for geographic information.

(4)  In fiscal year 2010, the appropriations in this subsection shall increase by at least 4.5 percent. 

Sec. 4.002.  FUND TRANSFERS

(a)  The following amounts are transferred from the funds indicated:

(1)  from the general fund to the:

(A)  communications and information technology internal service fund established by 22 V.S.A. § 902a: $500,000 $400,000.

(B)  Catamount fund established by 33 V.S.A. § 1986: $5,345,445.

(C)  next generation initiative fund established by 16 V.S.A. § 2887:

$8,852,658.  Of this appropriation, $1,000,000 shall be considered one-time funding. 

(2)  from the transportation fund to the:

(A) 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: $800,000.

(3)  The reversions and applications to the general fund from the following funds are as follows:

(A)  single audit internal service fund:  $60,000;

(B)  financial management internal service fund:  $140,969;

(C)  securities regulatory and supervision special fund:  $112,000.

(D)  domestic and sexual violence survivors’ transitional employment program:  $15,000

Sec. 4.003.  TOBACCO LITIGATION SETTLEMENT FUND BALANCE

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(b), the actual balance at the end of fiscal year 2008 in the tobacco litigation settlement fund shall remain for appropriation in fiscal year 2009.


Sec. 4.004.  TRANSFER OF TOBACCO TRUST FUNDS

(a)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(a)(3) and (4), at the close of fiscal year 2009, 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 the amount needed to bring the ending balance of the tobacco litigation settlement fund to $0.00 for fiscal year 2009, but the amount transferred may not exceed the amount withheld from the payment to Vermont by participating manufacturers due in April 2009 under the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.  Upon release and deposit of the withheld funds into the tobacco litigation settlement fund, an equal amount shall be returned to the tobacco trust fund.

(b)  Notwithstanding 18 V.S.A. § 9502(a)(3) and (4), the actual amount of investment earnings of the tobacco trust fund at the end of fiscal year 2008 (estimated to be $1,547,368) and at the end of fiscal year 2009 (estimated to be $1,646,619) shall be transferred from the tobacco trust fund to the tobacco litigation settlement fund for appropriation in fiscal year 2009.

Sec. 5.001.   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. 5.002.      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. 5.003.      FEDERAL FUNDS

(a)  In fiscal year 2009, the governor, with the approval of the legislature, or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature 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 legislature or the joint fiscal committee if the legislature 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 2009, federal funds available to the state of Vermont and designated as federal in this and other acts of the 2008 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 intends 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.

Sec. 5.004.  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

          Public service department ‑ sale of power

          Tax department ‑ 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. 5.005.   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 2009 except for new positions authorized by the 2008 session.  Limited service positions approved pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5 shall not be subject to this restriction.

Sec. 5.006.  Secretary of administration – secretary’s office  (Sec. 2.001, #1100010000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $150,000 is made available for grants to be awarded on a competitive basis among the 11 existing regional marketing programs (RMP).  In addition to these funds, any prior fiscal year RMP grant funds not awarded shall carry forward into the current fiscal year.

(b)  The number of grants and the amount of the grants shall be established by the secretary of administration.  Review of the grant applications and award of the grants shall be carried out by the chief marketing officer in conjunction with the secretary of administration.

(c)  Following the awards of grants, RMPs shall submit appropriately documented expenses, consistent with the approved grants, to the state for reimbursement.

(d)  The secretary of administration is directed to reduce in-state travel budgets throughout the executive branch of state government, thereby reducing operating expense appropriations by $25,000 in general funds.

(e)  The secretary of administration is directed to develop and implement a program to provide incentives to increase use of Vermont interactive television throughout the executive branch of state government in order to reduce operating expenses associated with in-state travel.

Sec. 5.007.    Information and innovation – communications and information technology  (Sec. 2.002,  #1105500000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $400,000 is for a grant to the Vermont telecommunications authority established in 30 V.S.A. § 8061.

Sec. 5.008.  Information and innovation – Vermont information technology leaders (VITL)  (Sec. 2.003, #1105003000)

(a)  The department of information and innovation (DII) will use the funds appropriated in this section for the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL) to coordinate with the Vermont Blueprint for Health chronic care initiative and other health care-related statewide information technology programs and projects.  These programs and projects will provide public health approaches to improve the health outcomes and the quality of life for all Vermonters, including those who are Medicaid-eligible, and encourage the formation and maintenance of public-private partnerships in statewide health information exchange.

(b)  Legislative findings related to the health IT-fund as created in 2 V.S.A. chapter 27 and funded in 8 V.S.A. § 4089k:

(1)  Improving the capability to access and exchange electronic health information is a key component of Vermont’s health care reform initiatives as originally expressed in the Health Care Affordability for Vermonters Act of 2006 and updated in No. 70 of the Acts of 2007.

(2)  The Health Information Plan produced by the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL) and accepted by the general assembly documents the value of creating a statewide health information exchange network and the importance of providing financial and technical support to primary care practitioners to enable them to select, install, and use electronic medical records effectively.

(3)  The creation, installation, and use of electronic information tools through the chronic care information system is a key element of the Blueprint for Health initiative to improve the prevention and care of chronic conditions.

(4)  The financing model of the existing health care system results in most of the financial benefits of the use of health information technology not being realized by the primary care practitioners who have to invest in and use the electronic medical record.  Those financial benefits accrue primarily to those who pay for health care services.

(5)  No. 70 of the Acts of 2007 authorized an interim health information technology fund and pilot electronic medical record program, which is being successfully implemented by VITL and is demonstrating the effectiveness of this approach to assisting primary care practitioners.

(6)  The return on investment from electronic medical record implementation as reported by medical practices using this technology shows:

(A)  substantial administrative savings based on staff duties for chart pulls, new chart creation, searches, and transcriptions;

(B)  savings on ordering and communicating tests, managing results, referral dictations, and transcription; and

(C)  a large practice that sees 100 patients per day can save approximately $24,000 per year in charting supplies alone.

(7)  The December 2007 report of the commonwealth fund commission on a high performance health system entitled “Bending the Curve” found that electronic medical records, when implemented along with process redesign efforts, can help providers improve quality and reduce medical errors, while health information exchange can improve care coordination and reduce unnecessary tests.

(8)  The commonwealth fund commission report also estimated a cumulative savings of $88 billion nationally over a 10-year period due to the implementation of regional health information exchanges and electronic medical records.

(9)  The gap between available funding and projected expenses for health information technology identified by VITL in the studies and plans it has submitted to the general assembly pursuant to Nos. 70 and 71 of the Acts of 2007 totals between $35 and $40 million over five years.

Sec. 5.009.  Finance and management – financial operations  (Sec. 2.005, #1115001000)       

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), financial management fund charges not to exceed $6,061,757, plus the costs of fiscal year 2009 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.  Of this amount, $1,305,490, plus the costs of fiscal year 2009 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, will be used to support the HCM system that is operated by the department of human resources technical services division. 

Sec. 5.010.  Sec. 20 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:  (Sec. 2.013)

Sec. 20.  Buildings and general services – information centers

(a)  Of the above appropriation, up to $50,000 in special funds is appropriated to the friends of the state house to facilitate private fundraising 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.  This amount shall be appropriated to the commissioner of buildings and general services.  The commissioner shall select an organization to receive and utilize the funds to engage in private fundraising for improvements to the state house in accordance with the conceptual plan dated January 14, 2006.  The organization selected to receive the funds shall be an organization exempt from taxation under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3) or an organization seeking such an exemption, in which case the funds shall not be disbursed to the organization until the exemption is received.

Sec. 5.011.  Buildings and general services – workers’ compensation insurance  (Sec. 2.021, #1160450000)

(a)  Pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 307(e), workers’ compensation fund charges not to exceed $9,086,790 are hereby approved.

Sec. 5.012.  Buildings and general services – fee-for-space  (Sec. 2.024, #1160550000)

(a)  Pursuant to 29 V.S.A. § 160a(b)(3), facilities operations fund charges not to exceed $24,120,426, plus the costs of fiscal year 2009 salary increases bargained as part of the state/VSEA agreement, are hereby approved.

Sec. 5.013.  State treasurer  (Sec. 2.035, #1260010000)

(a)  Of this general fund appropriation, $30,000 shall be deposited into the armed services scholarship fund established in 16 V.S.A. § 2541.

Sec. 5.014.  Vermont state retirement system  (Sec. 2.037, #1265020000)

(a)  Notwithstanding 3 V.S.A. § 473(d), in fiscal year 2009, investment fees shall be paid from the corpus of the fund.

Sec. 5.015.  Lottery commission  (Sec. 2.045, #2310010000)

(a)  The lottery commission shall transfer $150,000 to the department of health, office of alcohol and drug abuse programs, to support the gambling addiction program.

(b)  The lottery commission shall provide assistance and work with the Vermont council on problem gambling on systems and program development.

Sec. 5.016.  Payments in lieu of taxes  (Sec. 2.046, #1140020000)

(a)  This 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. 5.101.  Attorney general  (Sec. 2.101, #2100001000)

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the office of the attorney general, Medicaid fraud control unit, is authorized to retain one-half of any civil monetary penalty proceeds from global Medicaid fraud settlements. All penalty funds retained shall be used to finance Medicaid fraud and residential abuse unit activities.

Sec. 5.102.  Sheriffs  (Sec. 2.108, #2130200000)

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

Sec. 5.103Public safety – administration  (Sec. 2.109, #2140060000)

(a)  The commissioner of public safety shall report to the joint fiscal committee at the committee’s September 2008 meeting on the status of the fiscal year 2009 public safety budgets, including management of anticipated budget shortfalls.  The report shall:

(1)  describe management practices intended to reduce budget shortfall;

(2)  project the amount of any anticipated budget shortfalls; 

(3)  describe the nature of and degree to which public safety efforts have been curtailed in response to the budget shortfall.

Sec. 5.104.  Public safety - state police  (Sec. 2.110, #2140010000)

(a)  Of this 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.

(b)  Of the $255,000 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 $65,000 shall remain as a "pool" of money available to local and county law enforcement to fund overtime costs associated with heroin investigations of which $50,000 is appropriated to the city of Rutland. Any unexpended funds from prior fiscal years shall be carried forward.

Sec. 5.105.  Public safety - fire safety  (Sec. 2.113, #2140040000)

(a)  Of this general fund appropriation, $55,000 shall be granted to the Vermont rural fire protection task force for the purpose of designing dry hydrants.

Sec. 5.106.  Public safety - emergency management - radiological emergency response plan  (Sec. 2.115, #2140080000)

(a)  Of this 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. 5.107.  Military – administration  (Sec. 2.116, #2150010000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $200,000 shall be disbursed to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the national guard educational assistance program established in 16 V.S.A. § 2856.

Sec. 5.108.  Military - veterans' affairs  (Sec. 2.120, #2150050000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $15,000 shall be used for continuation of the Vermont medal program, $15,000 shall be used for the expenses of the governor's veterans' advisory council, $15,000 shall be used for the Veterans' Day parade, and $5,000 shall be granted to the Vermont state council of the Vietnam Veterans of America to fund the service officer program.

Sec. 5.109.  Sec. 78a of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:

Sec. 78a.  MEMORIAL GARDEN; LOAN

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(b)  The authorization to loan in subsection (a) of this section is not limited to fiscal year 2008.

Sec. 5.110.  Center for crime victim services  (Sec. 2.121, #2160010000)

(a)  Of the appropriation in this section, $50,000 shall be for a grant to certified batterer intervention programs.

(b)  Notwithstanding 13 V.S.A. § 5363(d)(1)(A), the center for crime victim services may advance up to $10,000 to a victim for court order restitution cases prior to July 1, 2004 in an amount up to $1,086,929.

(c)  It is the intent of the general assembly that in fiscal year 2011, general funds in the amount of $1,075,000 shall be included in the base budget to replace special funds that will be no longer available for the center for crime victim services.

Sec. 5.1101.   Agriculture, food and markets – administration (Sec. 2.123)

(a)  The secretary of agriculture, food and markets, in collaboration with the commissioner of labor and the commissioner of the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration, shall establish a continuing program for farm safety to implement the provisions of § 16(b) of No. 38 of the Acts of 2007.

(b)  Resources needed to fully implement the program should be included in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

Sec. 5.111. Department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration – health care administration  (Sec. 2.134, #2210040000)

(a)  The Department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration (BISHCA) will use the Global Commitment funds appropriated in this section for health care administration for the purpose of funding certain health care-related BISHCA programs, projects, and activities to: reduce the rate of uninsured and/or underinsured persons in Vermont; increase the access of quality health care to uninsured persons, underinsured persons, and Medicaid beneficiaries; and/or encourage the formation and maintenance of public-private partnerships in health care.

Sec. 5.112.  Secretary of state  (Sec. 2135, # 2230010000)

(a)  The corporation division of the secretary of state's office represents $492,991 of this special fund appropriation, and these funds shall be from the securities regulation and supervision fund in accordance with 9 V.S.A. § 5613.

(b)  The secretary of state is authorized to spend, in addition to its appropriation in this act, up to $450,000 for the purpose of conducting the 2008 primary and general elections, and it is the intent of the administration to reques, and the general assembly to provide an additional appropriation in this amount in the fiscal year 2009 budget adjustment act.

Sec. 5.113.  Enhanced 9-1-1 Board  (Sec. 2.139, #2260001000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $823,443 shall be transferred to the department of public safety for 911 call-takers at public safety answering points operated by the department of public safety.

Sec. 5.201.  Agency of human services – secretary’s office  (Sec. 2.201, #3400001000)

(a)  Notwithstanding 32 V.S.A. § 706, the secretary may transfer funds allocated for the “high risk pool” and costs related to juvenile justice to the departments in the agency of human services designated to provide these services.

(b)  Of these tobacco settlement funds, $54,000 shall be used to provide a grant to the project against violent encounters for a statewide program for substance abuse prevention and mentoring for youth.

(c)  Of this tobacco fund appropriation, $143,000 shall be used for a grant to Lamoille County people in partnership for wrap‑around services for at‑risk youth.

(d)  Of this tobacco fund appropriation, $85,000 with any corresponding federal matching funds shall be for comprehensive treatment services and $15,000 shall be for housing provisions for at risk use.


Sec. 5.202. Secretary’s office – Global Commitment  (Sec. 2.202, #3400004000)

(a)  The agency of human services shall use the funds appropriated in this section for payment of the actuarially certified premium required under the intergovernmental agreement between the agency of human services and the managed care organization in the office of Vermont health access as provided for in the Global Commitment for Health Waiver (“Global Commitment”) approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

(b)  In addition to the state funds appropriated in this section, a total estimated sum of $35,749,351 is anticipated to be certified as state matching funds under the Global Commitment as follows:

(1)  $17,140,073 certified state match available from local education agencies. This amount combined with $25,024,927 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)  $4,632,833 certified state match available from local education and social service agencies for eligible services provided to eligible persons through children’s collaborative services programs.

(4)  $2,843,472 certified state match available from local designated mental health agencies for eligible mental health services provided under the Global Commitment.

(5)  $2,176,726 certified state match available from local designated developmental services agencies for eligible developmental services provided under the Global Commitment.

(c)  Legislative findings related to the health IT-fund as created in 2 V.S.A. chapter 27 and funded in 8 V.S.A. § 4089k as follows:

(1)  Improving the capability to access and exchange electronic health information is a key component of Vermont’s health care reform initiatives as originally expressed in the Health Care Affordability for Vermonters Act of 2006 and updated in No. 70 of the Acts of 2007.

(2)  The Health Information Plan produced by the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) and accepted by the general assembly documents the value of creating a statewide health information exchange network and the importance of providing financial and technical support to primary care practitioners to enable them to select, install, and use electronic medical records effectively.

(3)  The creation, installation, and use of electronic information tools through the chronic care information system is a key element of the Blueprint for Health initiative to improve the prevention and care of chronic conditions.

(4)  The financing model of the existing health care system results in most of the financial benefits of the use of health information technology not being realized by the primary care practitioners who have to invest in and use the electronic medical record.  Those financial benefits accrue primarily to those who pay for health care services.

(5)  No. 70 of the Acts of 2007 authorized an interim health information technology fund and pilot electronic medical record program, which is being successfully implemented by VITL and is demonstrating the effectiveness of this approach to assisting primary care practitioners.

(6)  The return on investment from electronic medical record implementation as reported by medical practices using this technology shows:

(A)  substantial administrative savings based on staff duties for chart pulls, new chart creation, searches, and transcriptions;

(B)  savings on ordering and communicating tests, managing results, referral dictations, and transcription; and

(C)  a large practice that sees 100 patients per day can save approximately $24,000.00 per year in charting supplies alone.

(7)  The December 2007 report of the commonwealth fund commission on a high performance health system entitled “Bending the Curve” found that electronic medical records, when implemented along with process redesign efforts, can help providers improve quality and reduce medical errors, while health information exchange can improve care coordination and reduce unnecessary tests.

(8)  The commonwealth fund commission report also estimated a cumulative savings of $88 billion nationally over a 10-year period due to the implementation of regional health information exchanges and electronic medical records.

(9)  The gap between available funding and projected expenses for health information technology identified by VITL in the studies and plans it has submitted to the general assembly pursuant to Nos. 70 and 71 of the Acts of 2007 totals between $35 million and $40 million over five years.

Sec. 5.203.  Health Care Charitable Initiative Partnership

(a)  The agency of human services shall create a charitable initiative to assist Vermonters who are uninsured and/or underinsured as provided for in subsection (b)of this section.  The initiative shall be developed in collaboration with the hospital association, the office of health access, and other provider groups.  The agency shall provide a status report and description of the initiative to the house and senate committees on appropriations on or before December 15, 2008.

(b)  The initiative shall include the following elements:

(1)  Hospitals, other institutions and individuals may make voluntary contributions to a state special fund.

 (2)  The monies in the special fund shall be used to provide grants to support initiatives meeting one of the following criteria provided for in number 57 of the amended Special Terms and Conditions for Global Commitment to Health Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver (“Global Commitment”);

(A)  Reducing the rate of uninsured and/or underinsured in Vermont;

(B)  Increasing the access of quality health care to uninsured;

(C)  Providing public health approaches to improve the health outcomes and the quality of life for Medicaid-eligible individuals in Vermont; and

(D)  Encouraging the formation and maintenance of public-private partnerships in health care.

(3)  The agency shall create a process to provide grants meeting the criteria in subdivision (2) of this subsection and shall involve contributors to the special fund in the grant process.

(4)  To the extent allowed under Global Commitment, monies in the state special funds shall be matched by federal funds.

Sec. 5.204.  Sec. 147(d) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2003, as amended by Sec. 129 of No. 122 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004), Sec. 279 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, and Sec. 11 of No. 191 of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006), is further amended to read:

(d)  VHAP, premium-based.

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(2)  The agency shall establish per individual premiums for the VHAP Uninsured program for the following brackets of income for the VHAP group as a percentage of federal poverty level (FPL):

(A)  Income greater than 50 percent and less than or equal to 75 percent of FPL: $7.00  $9.00 per month.

(B)  Income greater than 75 percent and less than or equal to 100 percent of FPL: $25.00 $32.00 per month.

(C)  Income greater than 100 percent and less than or equal to 150 percent of FPL: $33.00 $41.50 per month.

(D)  Income greater than 150 percent and less than or equal to 185 percent of FPL: $49.00 $62.00 per month.

Sec. 5.205.  Sec. 147(f) of No. 66 of the Acts of 2003, as amended by Sec. 280 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, and Sec. 12 of No. 191 of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) is amended to read:

(f)  Dr. Dynasaur and SCHIP premium changes.

(1)  The agency is authorized to amend the rules for individuals eligible for Dr. Dynasaur under the federal Medicaid and SCHIP programs to require beneficiary households to pay a monthly premium based on the following:

(A)  for individuals living in households whose incomes are greater than 225 percent of FPL and less than or equal to 300 percent of FPL, and who have no other insurance coverage $40.00 $60.00 per household per month.

(B)  for individuals living in households whose incomes are greater than 225 percent of FPL and less than or equal to 300 percent of FPL, and who have other insurance coverage: $20.00 $30.00 per household per month.

(C)  for individuals living in households whose incomes are greater than 185 percent of FPL and less than or equal to 225 percent of FPL: $15.00 $22.50 per household per month.

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Sec. 5.206.  MEDICAID FISCAL YEAR 2009 CONTINGENT FUNDING

(a)  It is estimated that at least $8,090,000 of state funds or $19,736,500 total Medicaid funds will be carried forward from fiscal year 2008 to fund the Medicaid program, including the Global Commitment waiver program, the choices for care waiver program, and other Medicaid programs.

(b)  As of March 25, 2008, Medicaid expenditures for fiscal year 2008 are below budgeted level by $25 million. In addition to subsection (a) of this section, and to the extent that fiscal year 2008 Medicaid expenditures in the Global Commitment waiver, the choices for care waiver program and other Medicaid programs fall below the amount funded in fiscal year 2008, up to $8,600,000 of total Medicaid funds in addition to the funds in (a) shall be carried forward and used to fund increases for program reimbursement rates to providers as follows:

(1)  $5,500,000 for Vermont hospitals

(2)  $800,000 for home health care providers

(3)  $1,300,00 for Dartmouth Medical Center

(4)  $1,000,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital

(c)  Funding to the providers listed in subsection (b) of this section shall be pro-rated if less than $8,600,000 is available.

(d)  If greater than $8,600,000 is available, than those funds shall be transferred to a reserve fund for the Global Commitment waiver. 

Sec. 5.207.  Sec. 1 of No. 56 of the Acts of 2005 as amended by Sec. 112a of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is further amended to read:

Sec. 1.  LONG-TERM CARE MEDICAID 1115 WAIVER; CHOICES FOR                           CARE

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(b)(1)  Outside the legislative session, the health access oversight committee shall have oversight for the development, implementation, and ongoing operation of any long-term care Medicaid waivers applied for and received by the agency of human services. 

(2)(A)  The secretary of human services shall report to the committee upon its request and annually to the general assembly by January 15.

(B)  The department shall submit quarterly monthly reports to the general assembly or the health access oversight committee and to the department’s advisory board about the utilization of services and expenses under Choices for Care.  The reports shall also include a comparison of actual expenditures to estimated expenditures and projected expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year, and any eligibility changes the department may be considering given the spending trends in Choices for Care.

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Sec. 5.2071.  Office of Vermont health access – Medicaid program – long-term care waiver  (Sec. 2.208)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $100,000 shall be used to support demonstration projects in supportive housing for seniors.  It is the intent of the general assembly to express its support for matching funding sources for research on cost-efficient and quality services in senior housing and to commit up to $100,000 per year for a three-year period.  A report shall be given to the joint fiscal office by July 1, 2010, on matching funds and anticipated research outcomes on Medicaid expenditures. 

Sec. 5.208.  THE ADOPTION OF DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN AND                                                  FAMILIES AND OFFICE OF VERMONT HEALTH ACCESS

                     RULES

(a)  The commissioner of the department for children and families and the director of the office of Vermont health access are authorized to adopt rules under the expeditious rulemaking procedures provided in this section in order that changes reflected in this act to programs administered by the department for children and families and the office of Vermont health access may be implemented by July 1, 2008 or as soon as possible thereafter within the

time-frames listed in this section. 

(b)  Notwithstanding the provisions to the contrary of 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, the commissioner of the department for children and families and the director of the office of Vermont health access are authorized to file prior to and adopt, effective as soon as adopted, such rules as are required.  Such rules shall be adopted by:

(1)  publishing notice of proposed changes two Thursdays after enactment in three daily newspapers with the highest average circulation in the state, listing all rules to be adopted by this process and providing for a ten-day public comment period, including any weekends or holidays that fall within the period;

(2)  filing the final proposed rule with the secretary of state and the legislative committee on administrative rules two Thursdays following the close of the public comment period;

(3)  reviewing and approving or objecting to the final proposed rule by the legislative committee on administrative rules, under the provisions of 3 V.S.A. § 842, no later than two Thursdays following the filing of the final proposed rule;

(4)  filing the final rule with the secretary of state five business days following approval by the legislative committee on administrative rules; and

(5)  mailing notice to beneficiaries affected by the rule changes ten business days following the filing of the final rule.

(c)  The final rule shall be effective upon filing with the secretary of state, and the changes authorized therein shall be implemented no sooner than 11 calendar days following the mailing of adverse action notice and shall have the full force and effect of rules adopted pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25.  Any such rules filed by the commissioner or the director with the secretary of state shall be deemed to be in full compliance with 3 V.S.A. § 843 and shall be accepted by the secretary of state, if filed with a certification by the commissioner or the director that the rule is required to meet the purposes of this section.

Sec. 5.209.  Health - Blueprint for Health  (Sec. 2.212, #3420015000)

(a)  From this appropriation, the department of health shall provide incentive grants and stipends to physician practices participating in the pilot projects developed under the Vermont Blueprint for Health established in section 702 of Title 18. 

Sec. 5.210.  Health - health surveillance  (Sec. 2.214, #3420030000)

(a)  The amount of $335,000 of the general fund/Global Commitment fund appropriation shall be appropriated to the following Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services.  It is the intent of the general assembly that if Global Commitment fund monies in this subsection are unavailable, the total funding for Vermont AIDS service organizations and peer-support organizations for client-based support services shall be maintained through the general fund or other state-funding sources.  The department of health AIDS program shall meet at least quarterly with the HIV/AIDS service advisory committee (HASAC) with current information and data relating to service initiatives.  The funds shall be allocated as follows: 

(1)  AIDS Project of Southern Vermont,$71,931;

(2)  ACORN,$25,019;

(3)  IMANI,$37,529;

(4)  VT CARES,$135,521;

(5)  Twin States Network ,$30,000;

(6)  People with AIDS Coalition, $35,000.

(b)  Of the federal funds, Ryan White Title II funds for AIDS services and the AIDS Medication Assistance Program shall be distributed in accordance with federal guidelines.  These guidelines shall not apply to programming funded by state general funds.

(c)  The amount of $140,000 of this general fund appropriation shall be used for assistance to individuals in the HIV/AIDS medication assistance program (AMAP), including the costs of prescribed medications, related laboratory testing, and nutritional supplements.  These funds may not be used for any administrative purposes by the department of health or by any other state agency or department.  Any remaining AMAP general funds at the end of the fiscal year shall be distributed to Vermont AIDS service organizations in the same proportions as those outlined under subsection (a) of this section. 

(d)  The amount of $100,000 of this general fund appropriation shall be appropriated to Vermont AIDS service organizations and other Vermont HIV/AIDS prevention providers for community-based HIV prevention programming which is currently not supported by federal funds due to federal restrictions.  These funds shall be used for HIV/AIDS prevention purposes, including, but not limited it, improving the availability of confidential and anonymous HIV testing; prevention work with at-risk groups such as women, intravenous drug users, and people of color; anti-stigma campaigns; and promotion of needle exchange programs.  No more than 15 percent of the funds may be used for the administration of such services by the recipients of these funds.  The method by which these prevention funds shall be distributed shall be determined by mutual agreement of the department of health, AIDS service organizations, HASAC, and the community planning group (CPG).  The department of health AIDS program shall be guided and advised by HASAC and CPG on an ongoing basis in prioritizing prevention service needs in the disbursement of these funds

(e)  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.

(f)  The secretary of human services shall work in conjunction with the AMAP advisory committee, which shall be composed 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. 5.211.  Health - health improvement  (Sec. 2.215, #3420040000)

(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 deposited into the loan repayment fund established under 18 V.S.A. § 10a or for the Vermont student assistance corporation for loan forgiveness programs for health care providers through the dental hygienist incentive loan program and the nursing incentive loan program.

(b)  The tobacco fund appropriation in this section and $1,059, 409 in Global Commitment funds 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 - $1,400,211; these funds may also be used to provide tobacco cessation counseling services to persons incarcerated in Vermont correctional facilities, and $80,000 shall be used to make nicotine replacement therapies available to all persons enrolled in tobacco cessation counseling; $110,000 shall be allocated to programs that serve pregnant women and $15,000 shall be granted to the Washington County Mental Health Agency, Inc. for a special cessation program;

(4)  surveillance and evaluation activities - $333,000;

(5)  statewide provider education - $75,000.

(c)  Of this appropriation, $500,000 shall be granted to the area health education center (AHEC) to support the work and infrastructure of the statewide AHEC network to ensure an adequate and appropriate health care workforce, to bring quality improvement programs to health care professionals, and to create partnerships across community‑based health care services to improve health care access and integration.  Any funds not expended shall be carried forward to be available for use in subsequent fiscal years.  The AHEC will provide the department of health with a final progress report and financial report detailing the unexpended funds to be carried forward at the close of the fiscal year.

(d)  Of this Global Commitment fund appropriation, $1,420,000 shall be deposited into the Vermont educational loan repayment fund and used for the purposes of loan repayment for health care providers and health care educators pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 10a to be allocated pursuant to Sec. 37 of H.887 of 2008 (Health Care Reform).

(e)  Of this appropriation, $100,000 is allocated for the Vermont student assistance corporation for loan forgiveness programs for health care providers through the dental hygienist incentive loan program and nursing incentive loan program.

(f)  Of this appropriation, $1,090,000, which includes $500,000 of federal substance abuse grant funds, is for the coordinated healthy activity, motivation, and prevention programs to be used for community wellness grants awarded pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 104b.

(g)  Of these Global Commitment funds, $640,000 shall be used to support the Vermont coalition of clinics for the uninsured health care and dental services provided by clinics for uninsured individuals and families and for  federally qualified health center (FQHC) look‑alike uncompensated care pool funds.

Sec. 5.212.  Health - alcohol and drug abuse programs (Sec. 2.217, #3420060000)

(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 is able 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 this subdivision (b)(1) 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 interdepartmental transfer in this section, $150,000 shall be used to support the gambling addiction program. 

(d)  Of this appropriation, $35,000 shall be used to support the drug court program in Chittenden County, $25,000 shall be used to support the drug court program in Rutland County, and $25,000 shall be used for court coordination in Bennington County.

(e)  The department of health shall be advised by an executive council of Vermont’s recovery center network on an ongoing basis to prioritize service and funding needs for recovery centers, to assist with the review of recovery center funding proposals, and to provide recommendations for disbursement of funds to the recovery centers and their support needs.  This executive council will consist of a board member of each recovery center.  The executive council will hire a network coordinator with the appropriation in subsection (f) of this section.  The network coordinator will work for the executive council and provide technical assistance and training to recovery centers.  The executive council, working with the department of health, will have oversight of the recovery centers.

(f)  Of this appropriation, $45,000 shall be granted to the Vermont recovery center network. 

Sec. 5.2121.  Vermont state hospital – mental health

(a)  The community recovery residential program developed under this section shall be consistent with the goals identified in the existing future plan.

Sec. 5.213.  Department for children and families – administration and support services  (Sec. 2.221, #3440010000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $14,000 in general funds shall be provided as a grant to the Vermont girl scouts for a program enabling girl scouts and their siblings to visit their mothers in prison.

(b)  The department for children and families will include in its fiscal year 2010 budget presentation a schedule for this appropriation that shows the expenses and revenue for the commissioner’s office, including the business office and information technology sections, field service unit, and economic services division separately. 

(c)  The approach that the commissioner employs to implement the department’s position-reduction target shall not result in reducing the department’s capacity to meet the TANF work participation rates or that would inhibit the department’s capacity to respond to findings of the federal audit report relating to protecting abused and neglected children.

Sec. 5.214.  Department for children and families – family services  (Sec. 2.222, # 3440020000)

(a)  Of the appropriation in this section, $1,800,000 shall be used to expand the department’s internal staff capacity to address the concerns of the federal audit of Vermont’s child protection system.  Upon the approval of the joint fiscal committee, the department may request the ability to use a portion of these funds to enter into personal service contracts for the purpose of providing services within the context of the child protection system.

Sec. 5.215.  Department for children and families - general assistance  (Sec. 2.226, #3440060000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $527,000 in federal TANF funds and $50,000 in general funds are allocated to the department for children and families to provide families with rental or mortgage arrearage assistance under section 2114 of

Title 33.

(b)  Of this appropriation, the department for children and families may expend funds for temporary housing or assistance or both 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. 

(c)  Assistance under this section is not an entitlement and shall cease upon expenditure of these funds.

Sec. 5.216.  Sec. 137 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:  (Sec. 226, #3440060000)   

Sec. 137.  GENERAL ASSISTANCE BENEFITS; FLEXIBILITY PILOT

                 PROGRAM

(a)  Commencing with state fiscal year 2007 and for a period of up to three years, the agency of human services may establish a pilot assistance program within the general assistance program to create flexibility to provide these general assistance benefits.  The purpose of the pilot program is to mitigate poverty and serve applicants more effectively than they are currently served with the same amount of general assistance funds.  The pilot program shall operate consistent within existing statutes and rules except that it may grant exceptions to this program’s eligibility rules and may create programs and services as alternatives to these rules during the period of the pilot program.

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(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.

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(e)  The department shall report to the house committees on appropriations and human services and the senate committees on appropriations and health and welfare no later than January 1, 2008 with a summary of the evaluation of the pilots and any recommended changes to the general assistance program.

Sec. 5.217.  TANF EXEMPTION  (Sec. 2.227)

(a)  The commissioner of the department for children and families 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, 2009.

Sec. 5.218.  Department for children and families – home heating fuel assistance/LIHEAP  (Sec. 2.229, #3440090000)

(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. 5.219.  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 2009 and all unexpended LIHEAP funds granted to the state in fiscal year 2008 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, 2008, 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 2008-2009 crisis

set-aside and seasonal home heating fuel assistance through December 31, 2008, and LIHEAP funds awarded as of December 31, 2008 for fiscal year 2009 do not exceed $2,550,000, subsequent payments under the home heating fuel assistance program shall not be made prior to January 30, 2009.  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, 2008, the commissioner of finance and management may anticipate receipts into the home weatherization assistance trust fund.

Sec. 5.220.  Department for children and families - office of economic opportunity  (Sec. 2.230, #3440100000)

(a)  Of the general fund appropriation in this section, $692,000 shall be granted to community agencies for homeless assistance by preserving existing services, increasing 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.

Sec. 5.221.  Department for children and families - OEO - weatherization assistance  (Sec. 2.231, #3440110000)

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

(b)  On or before January 30 of each year, the office of economic opportunity shall make a report to the house and senate committees on appropriations utilizing existing resources within state government available in the office of economic opportunity’s weatherization data management system that compiles performance data available on households weatherized in the past year to include: (1)  the number of households weatherized; (2)  average program expenditure per household for energy efficiency; (3) average percent energy savings; (4) energy and non-energy benefits combined; 95) benefits saved for every dollar spent; 6) average savings per unit for heating fuels; 7) gallons of oil saved related to equivalent number of homes heated; 8) projected number of households to be weatherized in the current program year; and 9) projected program expenditures for the current program year ending March 31.

Sec. 5.222. [ DELETED SECTION].

Sec. 5.223.  Disabilities, aging, and independent living – advocacy and independent living  (Sec. 2.236, #3460020000)

(a)  Certification of adult day providers shall require a demonstration that the new program is filling an unmet need for adult day services in a given geographic region, and does not have an adverse impact on existing adult day services.

(b)  Reimbursement for adult day services shall be at least $13.00 per hour.

Sec. 5.224.  Corrections – correctional services  (Sec. 2.244, # 3480004000)

(a)  The commissioner is authorized to allocate general funds within the budget with the goal of increasing funding for programs that qualify for managed care organization (MCO) investments as part of the Global Commitment waiver.

(b)  Transitional housing funds may be used for housing readiness, search, and retention services to include funding for housing assistance as necessary which may be granted to housing authorities and other community agencies in response to requests for proposals or memorandums of understanding which are in accord with department of corrections’ policy and directives.

Sec. 5.225.  Vermont veterans’ home – care and support services  (Sec. 2.248, #3300010000)

(a)  If Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total funding for the Vermont veterans’ home shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

(b)  The Vermont veterans’ home will use the Global Commitment Funds appropriated in this section for care and support services for the purpose of funding certain health care-related programs, activities, and projects to increase the access to quality health care for uninsured persons, underinsured persons, and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Sec. 5.301.  Labor – administration  (Sec. 2.301, #4100600000)        

(a)  Any foster care payments excluded from the definition of gross income under the Internal Revenue Code Title 26, Section 131 shall not be considered wages under 21 V.S.A. § 1301(12).

Sec. 5.302.  Education – finance and administration  (Sec. 2.305, #5100010000)

(a)  The Global Commitment funds appropriated in this section for school health services, including school nurses, shall be used for the purpose of funding certain health care-related projects.  These projects will reduce the rate of uninsured or underinsured persons or both in Vermont, and increase the access of quality health care to uninsured persons, underinsured persons, and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Sec. 5.303.  Education – special education: formula grants  (Sec. 2.307, #5100040000)

(a)  Of the appropriation authorized in this section, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, an amount not to exceed $3,300,654 shall be used by the department of education in fiscal year 2009 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 $169,061 may be used by the department of education for its participation in the higher education partnership plan.


Sec. 5.304.  Education – state-placed students  (Sec. 2.308, #5100050000)

(a)  The independence place program of the Lund Family Center shall be considered a 24‑hour residential program for the purposes of reimbursement of education costs.

Sec. 5.305.  Education – adult education and literacy  (Sec. 2.309, #5100060000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, the amount from the education fund shall be distributed to school districts for reimbursement of high school completion services pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 1049a(c). 

Sec. 5.306.  Education – technical education  (Sec. 2.316, #5100200000)

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

Sec. 5.307.  Education – cost containment – No. 117 of the Acts of the 19999 Acj. Sess. (2000)  (Sec. 2.317, #5100310000)

(a)  Notwithstanding any 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. 5.308.  Appropriation and transfer to education fund  (Sec. 2.318, #1110020000)

(a)  This appropriation from the general fund shall be transferred to the education fund.

Sec. 5.309.  State teachers' retirement system (Sec. 2.319, #1265010000)  

(a)  Notwithstanding 16 V.S.A. § 1944(g)(2), the amount of the annual contribution to the Vermont state teachers' retirement system shall be $35,849,097 in fiscal year 2009.

(b)  In accordance with 16 V.S.A. § 1944(c)(2), of the grant appropriation in this section, $27,800,711 is appropriated as the "normal contribution," and $4,748,386 is appropriated as the "accrued liability contribution".

(c)  The House of Representative is proposing that a combination of $33,549,097 in general funds, an estimated $1,200,000 of Medicare Part D reimbursement funds, and $2,300,000 of one-time general funds  be utilized to achieve funding at the actuarially recommended level revised by the most recent experience study.

Sec. 5.310.  University of Vermont (Sec. 2.321, #1110006000)

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

(b)  Of this appropriation, $406,018 shall be transferred to EPSCoR (Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research) for the purpose of complying with state matching fund requirements necessary for the receipt of available federal or private funds, or both.

(c)  If Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total grant funding for the University of Vermont shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

(d)  The University of Vermont will use the Global Commitment funds appropriated in this section to support Vermont physician training.  The University of Vermont prepares students, both Vermonters and out-of-state, and awards approximately 100 medical degrees annually.  Graduates of this program, currently representing a significant number of physicians practicing in Vermont, will deliver high quality health care services to Medicaid beneficiaries, the uninsured or underinsured persons or both in Vermont and across the nation.

Sec. 5.311.  Vermont State Colleges (Sec. 2.324, #1110009000)

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

(b)  Of this appropriation, $457,818 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.

(c)  Of this appropriation, $100,000.00 shall be reserved for use as the state’s fiscal year 2009 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 2009 appropriation will be the first of five annual appropriations through fiscal year 2014 totaling $500,000.00. 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, 2014, 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.

Sec. 5.312.  Vermont state colleges – allied health  (Sec. 2.325, #1110010000)

(a)  If Global Commitment fund monies are unavailable, the total grant funding for the Vermont state colleges shall be maintained through the general fund or other state funding sources.

(b)  The Vermont state colleges will use the Global Commitment funds appropriated in this section to support the dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, and nursing programs which graduate approximately 250 health care providers annually.  These graduates will deliver direct, high quality health care services to Medicaid beneficiaries, the uninsured and/or under-insured persons. 

Sec. 5.313.  Vermont student assistance corporation  (Sec. 2.327, #1110012000)

(a)  Of this appropriation, $25,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the Vermont student assistance corporation to 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)  $350,000 of state funds, available to the Vermont student assistance corporation pursuant to Sec. 5.107(a) and  5.801(b)(3)(B) of this act, shall be used for the purposes of 16 V.S.A. § 2856. Any unexpended funds from these allocations shall carry forward for this purpose.

Sec. 5.401.  Fish and wildlife – support and field services (Sec. 2.406, #6120000000)

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the position of outreach director and the position of media communications specialist within the department of fish and wildlife shall not be eliminated in fiscal year 2009.

Sec. 5.501.  Community development block grants (Sec. 2.505, #7110030000)

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

Sec. 5.601.  Transportation – town highway aid program  (Sec. 2.617, #81000003000)

(a)  This appropriation is authorized notwithstanding 19 V.S.A. § 306(a).

Sec. 5.602.  GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

(a)  The state treasurer is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $5,600,000 for the purpose of funding capital construction projects in the state’s approved fiscal year 2009 transportation program.

(b)  The state treasurer, with the approval of the governor, shall determine the appropriate form and maturity of the bonds authorized by this section consistent with the underlying nature of the appropriation to be funded.

(c)  The state treasurer shall allocate the estimated cost of bond issuance or issuances to the entities to which funds are appropriated pursuant to this section and for which bonding is required as the source of funds pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 954.

(d)  It is the intent of the general assembly that future debt service for bonds authorized by this section shall be paid from the transportation fund.

Sec. 5.603.  BOND PROCEEDS

(a)  The sum of $5,600,000, less issuance costs, is appropriated to the agency of transportation program development appropriation 8100001100 from the bond revenue generated in Sec. 5.602 of this act, and the secretary shall allocate the funds to approved capital projects in the fiscal year 2009 transportation program.

Sec. 5.604.   AVAILABILITY OF BOND PROCEEDS

(a)  The sums appropriated and the spending authority authorized by Secs. 5.602 and 5.603 of this act shall be continuing and shall not revert at the end of the fiscal year.

Sec. 5.801.  FISCAL YEAR 2009 NEXT GENERATION FUND ALLOCATIONS (Sec. 2.801)

(a)  The $8,852,658 appropriated in subsection (b) of Sec. 2.801 of this act from the next generation initiative fund, created in 16 V.S.A. § 2887, shall be as follows:

(1)  Workforce development $3,400,000 as follows:

(A)  WETF.  The sum of  $1,550,000 is appropriated to the Vermont workforce education and training fund, which is administered by the department of labor, for workforce development. Up to seven percent (7%) of the funds may be used for administration of the program.

(B)  Vermont employment training fund.  The sum of $750,000 is appropriated to the agency of commerce and community development. This appropriation is for the Vermont employment training fund for the issuance of grants pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 531.

(C)  Career and Alternative Workforce Education.  The amount of $450,000 is appropriated to the department of labor. This appropriation shall be to support out-of-school youth, youth at risk, and youth at risk of remaining unemployed with outcomes that lead to employment or continued education as follows:

(i)  Forty-five percent (45%) shall be for grants to regional technical centers, comprehensive high schools, and other programs for career exploration programs for students entering grades 7 through 12.

(ii)  Fifty-five percent (55%) shall be for grants to regional technical centers, comprehensive high schools, the community high school of Vermont, and non-profit organizations, designated by the workforce development council, for alternative and intensive vocational/academic programs for secondary students in order to earn necessary credits toward graduation.

(D)  Adult Technical Education Programs.  The amount of $450,000 is appropriated to the department of labor, working with the workforce development council. This appropriation is for the purpose of awarding grants to regional technical centers and comprehensive high schools to provide adult technical education, as that term is defined in 16 V.S.A. § 1522, to unemployed and underemployed Vermont adults.

(E)  UVM Technology Transfer Program.  The amount of $250,000 is appropriated to the University of Vermont. This appropriation is for patent development and commercialization of technology created at the university for the purpose of creating employment opportunities for Vermont residents.

(2)  Loan repayment $500,000 as follows;

(A)  The sum of $500,000 is appropriated to the agency of human services global commitment for the department of health to use for health care loan repayment. The department shall use these funds for a grant to the area health education centers (AHEC) for repayment of commercial or governmental loans for postsecondary health care-related education or training owed by persons living and working in Vermont in the health care field.

(3)  Scholarships and grants $4,050,000 as follows;

(A)  Non-degree VSAC Grants. The amount of $750,000 is appropriated to the Vermont student assistance corporation. This appropriation shall be for the purpose of providing non-degree grants to Vermonters to improve job skills and increase overall employability enabling them to  enroll in a post-secondary education or training program, including adult-technical education that is not part of a degree or accredited certificate program.  A portion of this appropriation shall be used for grants for indirect educational expenses to students enrolled in training programs.  The grants shall not exceed $3,000 per student.  None of this appropriation shall be used for administrative overhead.

(B)  The sum of $3,000,000 is appropriated for awarding need-based scholarships to Vermont residents.  The first $150,000 shall be distributed to the Vermont student assistance corporation to fund the national guard educational assistance program established in 16 V.S.A. § 2856. $950,000 shall be distributed to the University of Vermont, $950,000 to the Vermont state colleges, and $950,000 to the Vermont student assistance corporation.  The Vermont student assistance corporation shall reserve these funds for students attending institutions other than the university of Vermont or the Vermont state colleges. None of the $3,000,000 appropriation shall be used for administrative overhead.

(C)   Dual Enrollment Programs.  The sum of $300,000 is appropriated to the Vermont state colleges for dual enrollment programs. The state colleges shall develop a voucher program that will allow Vermont students to attend programs at a postsecondary institution other than the state college system when programs at the other institution are better academically or geographically suited to student need.

(4)  Child Development. $852,658 is appropriated to department of children and families, child development program, to increase eligibility for child care. The eligibility threshold will be increased from its current base year by one year beginning January 1, 2009. The department shall adopt rules to ensure that the eligibility threshold will annually be updated so that the differential between base year and current year in each subsequent fiscal year is no greater than it is on January 1, 2009.

(5)  Accountability.  On or before March 15, 2009, the entities receiving appropriations under this section shall report to the house committees on commerce, education, and appropriations and the senate committees on economic development, housing and general affairs, education, and appropriations regarding the distribution of funds, the number and categories of students served, the categorical number and amount of scholarships and grants distributed, the geographic distribution of the funds, and the number and types of jobs created.

Sec. 5.802.  FISCAL YEARS 2008 AND 2009 RESERVES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 CONTINGENT APPROPRIATIONS  (Sec. 2.804)

(a)  The first $5,740,000 of settlements due to the general fund after April 1, 2008 in fiscal year 2008 shall be reserved and in fiscal year 2009 is hereby appropriated or transferred as follows:

(1)  First, $450,000 shall be appropriated to the secretary of state to fund expenses of the 2008 election and $90,000 shall be appropriated to the secretary of state to fund expenses incurred due to S.108 of the 2008 session;

(2)  Second, $4,600,000 is appropriated to the agency of human services for  Global Commitment;

(3)  Third, $600,000 is appropriated to Vermont housing finance agency (VHFA) and the Vermont economic development authority (VEDA) to cover interest rate subsidies and the cost of administering energy efficiency loans to homeowners and businesses in order to encourage homeowners and businesses to make improvements to their properties that will result in energy savings. The Vermont housing finance agency and Vermont economic development authority are authorized to make no- and low-interest loans, either directly or indirectly through other organizations, to finance such improvements and to establish guidelines for qualifying for such loans.

(b)  The amount of settlements due to the general fund in fiscal year 2009, not to exceed  the amount needed to reach $5,740,000 after the reserve in subsection (a) of this section and after the appropriation from the fiscal year 2008 general fund balance in Sec. 5.803(a)(3) of this act, shall be reserved, and in fiscal year 2009 is hereby appropriated or transferred as indicated in subsection (a) above.

Sec. 5.803.  FISCAL YEAR 2008 GENERAL FUND BALANCE

(a)  At the close of fiscal year 2008, the fiscal year 2008 unreserved and undesignated general fund balance on a budgetary basis, as determined by the commissioner of finance and management on July 31, 2008, to the extent funds are available; shall be reserved as follows:

(1)  First, shall be reserved in the general fund budget stabilization reserve, established in 32 V.S.A. § 308, to the extent necessary to attain its statutory maximum;

(2)  Second, $15,595,000 shall be reserved in the general fund surplus reserve established in 32 V.S.A. § 308c(a);

(3)  Third, any amount needed to reach $5,740,000 after the reserve of settlements due to the general fund in fiscal year 2008 pursuant to Sec. 5.802(a) of this act shall in fiscal year 2009 be appropriated or transferred consistent with Sec. 5.802(a); and

(4)  Any funds held in the general fund surplus reserve under 32 V.S.A. § 308(a) at the close of fiscal year 2008 shall be made available for expenditure in fiscal year 2009 to the extent necessary to offset any official forecast reduction from the general fund revenue forecast of January 2008.

Sec. 5.901.  Sec. 114 of No. 71 of the Acts of 2005, as amended by Sec. 273 of No. 65 of the Acts of 2007, is further amended to read:

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, 2009.

Sec. 5.902.  Sec. 26 of No. 30 of the Acts of 2007 is amended to read:    (Sec. 2.228)

Sec. 26.  EFFECTIVE DATES; IMPLEMENTATION

(a)  This act shall take effect upon passage for the purposes of adopting rules and rule modifications.

(b)  The amendments to 33 V.S.A. chapter 11 contained in Secs. 2-13 (Reach Up), 14 (solely state‑funded programs), and 16 (Reach Up transitions) of this act shall take effect immediately when the rule changes necessary to implement the sections become final, but no later than April 1, 2008.  Until the time that the rule modifications are final, the Reach Up program shall operate under current law.  Any provisions in these sections relating to Reach Ahead shall take effect on October 1, 2008 April 1, 2009.

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(d)  Reach First established in Sec. 1 of this act shall be implemented no later than April 1, 2008.  Reach Ahead established in Sec. 18 shall be implemented for families who leave Reach Up on or after April 1, 2009 as provided for in 33 V.S.A. § 1203(1) no later than October 1, 2008.  Subject to appropriation, Reach Ahead shall be implemented for all other families as provided for in 33 V.S.A. § 1203 no later than April 1, 2009 July 1, 2009.

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Sec. 5.903.  Sec. 2(c) of No. 71 of the Acts of 2007 is amended as follows:   

(c)  After submission of the application, the agency shall determine if the applicant meets full eligibility requirements.  Beginning January 1, 2008, October 1, 2009 if the individual is found eligible for the Vermont health access plan, the agency shall, subject to approval from the center for Medicare and Medicaid services, provide payment for any services received by the individual beginning with the date the application was received by the agency.

Sec. 5.904.  REPEAL

(a)  Sec. 3 of  No. 86 of the Acts of 1969 (lieutenant governor’s expenses to be paid from legislative appropriation) is repealed.

(b)  20 V.S.A. § 38(a)(3) (radiological emergency response plan) is repealed.

Sec. 6.001.  9 V.S.A. § 5613(b)  is amended to read:

(b)  There is hereby created a fund to be known as the securities regulation and supervision fund. The fund shall be used for the purpose of providing the commissioner the means to administer the provisions of this chapter, and for the support of the corporate records division and other corporate regulatory activities of the office of the secretary of state and the activities of the department of economic development. All agent and investment adviser representative fees received pursuant to subsections 5410(b) and (d) of this title, and all examination fees and investigation expenses received pursuant to section 5614 of this title shall be transmitted to the state treasurer and credited to this fund. All payments from the securities regulatory and supervision fund for the maintenance of staff and associated expenses, including contractual services as necessary, shall be disbursed from the state treasury only upon warrants issued by the commissioner of finance and management, after receipt of proper documentation regarding services rendered and expenses incurred. The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32.

Sec. 6.002.  10 V.S.A. § 1941(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A fund to be known as the petroleum cleanup fund is created in the state treasury, to be expended by the secretary of the agency of natural resources. The fund shall consist of licensing fees and petroleum tank fees assessed under the provisions of this chapter, loan repayments, and disbursements that have been recovered, except for underground storage tank permit fees and licensing fees for tank inspectors.  The fund shall have two accounts: the motor fuel account and the heating fuel account.  The motor fuel account shall consist of all moneys deposited into the fund, with the exception of the licensing fees for heating oil and kerosene described in section 1942 of this title.  The heating fuel account shall consist of all the moneys deposited into the fund from the licensing fees for heating oil and kerosene sold or used in the state. All balances in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain a part of the fund.  The secretary may transfer money, in each fiscal year, between the accounts, provided that the transfer is approved by the advisory committee established under subsection (e) of this section and does not exceed $250,000.00 $750,000.00. Interest earned by the fund shall be deposited into the fund. Disbursements from the fund shall be made by the state treasurer on warrants drawn by the commissioner of finance and management.  The secretary shall seek to recover from responsible parties costs incurred under subdivision (b)(8) of this section.

Sec. 6.003.  10 V.S.A. § 2624 is amended to read:

§ 2624.  MARKED TIMBER SALES

(a)  The department of forests, parks and recreation may shall provide marked timber to Vermont citizens for personal use at a reasonable price to be determined by the secretary of the agency of natural resources.

(b)  The commissioner of forests, parks and recreation shall establish a firewood for homes program.  As part of this program, the commissioner shall:

(1)  designate areas of state-owned lands, situated at various locations throughout the state, that will be available to members of the general public for harvesting firewood for purposes of heating their own homes;

(2)  provide adequate notice to the members of the general public regarding the existence of the program, where to find the wood lots in question, and the requirements that must be met by participants in the program;

(3)  provide notice on the various sites where the firewood is to be harvested, together with information explaining program requirements and harvesting guidelines and an explanation of which trees are marked for harvest;

(4)  mark trees for harvesting under the program and ensure compliance with the requirements of the program;

(5)  allow program participants to use appropriate machinery and equipment to harvest the wood and remove it from the woodlot.  The commissioner may develop reasonable guidelines with regard to the use of machinery and equipment;

(6)  warn program participants that harvesting wood may be a dangerous activity and require program participants to release the state from liability for accidents that may occur during a harvesting operation taking place on state lands;

(7)  require participants to pay a reasonable fee per cord to offset the state’s costs in administering and marketing the program in general and the state’s costs in marking trees on the parcel in question as being suitable for harvest under the program;

(8)  monitor and report annually to the house and senate committees on appropriations during the legislative appropriations process on the state’s experience in conducting the program, the degree of participation in the program, any particular challenges posed by the program, and any recommendations regarding how the program might be improved.

Sec. 6.004.  16 V.S.A. § 1565(b)(1)(C) is amended to read:

(C)  Adult service coordinators’ salary assistance shall be not exceed 50 percent of actual salaries and benefits. Payment under this subsection does not preclude a district from using other state and federal grants to supplement the actual salaries and benefits of adult service coordinators.

Sec. 6.005.  19 V.S.A. § 11a.is amended to read:

Sec. 11a.  Transportation funds appropriated for support of government

The maximum amount of transportation funds that may be appropriated for the support of government, other than for the agency of transportation, the transportation board, transportation pay act funds, construction of transportation capital facilities used by the agency of transportation, and transportation debt service shall not exceed $35,007,219. $33,852,807.

Sec. 6.006.  22 V.S.A. § 724 is amended to read:

Sec. 724.  Historic sites special fund

(a)  There is hereby established a fund to be known as the historic sites operations special fund.  This fund will be managed pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32 and used by the division for historic preservation to carry out the provisions of 22 V.S.A. §§ 723(a)(9) and 723(b)(1).  Revenues to the fund shall be from the following sources:

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(3)  Gifts, grants, and other donations and moneys from any other source received for historic sites, specimens, or the Vermont archeology heritage center;

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Sec. 6.007.  22 V.S.A. § 725 is amended to read:

Sec. 725.  Acceptance of funds or gifts for historic sites and Vermont archeology heritage center with the approval of the secretary of administration, the state historic preservation officer may accept grants, gifts, donations, loans, or other things of value on behalf of the division for historic preservation for use by the division for historic preservation in establishing and maintaining displays and exhibits at any historic site and at the Vermont archeology heritage center, or restoring any historic site maintained and developed under section 723 of this chapter.

Sec. 6.008.  22 V.S.A. § 903(c)(1) is amended to read:

(c)(1)  The commissioner shall contract enter into a grant agreement with the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL), a broad-based health information technology advisory group that includes providers, payers, employers, patients, health care purchasers, information technology vendors, and other business leaders, to develop the health information technology plan, including applicable standards, protocols, and pilot programs. In carrying out their responsibilities under this section, members of VITL shall be subject to conflict of interest policies established by the commissioner to ensure that deliberations and decisions are fair and equitable.

Sec.  6.009.  32 V.S.A. § 111 is added to read:

§ 111.  Financial literacy trust fund

(a)  There is hereby established and created a fund entitled the financial literacy trust fund to be administered by the state treasurer.  The purpose of the fund is to promote the adoption of fiscally sound money management practices by Vermonters through education and outreach efforts that raise awareness of the need for and benefits of practicing such skills; and to create opportunities to build and encourage the development of new financial literacy activities and educational products for Vermont citizens.

(b)  The fund may receive state appropriations, gifts, grants, federal funds, and any other funds, both public and private, consistent with this section.  The funds may be expended for financial literacy projects as the treasurer may direct, in accordance with the trust fund provisions of section 462 of this title 32.

(c)   The treasurer may invest monies in the fund in accordance with the provisions of section 434 of this title 32. All balances in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried forward and shall not revert to the general fund. Interest earned shall remain in the fund.  The treasurer's annual financial report to the governor and the general assembly shall contain an accounting of receipts, disbursements and earnings of the fund.

Sec. 6.010.  2 V.S.A. § 305a(a) is amended to read:

§ 305a.   Official state revenue estimate

(a)  On or about January 15 and again by July 31 of each year, and at such other times as the emergency board or the governor deems proper, the joint fiscal office and the secretary of administration shall provide to the emergency board their respective estimates of state revenues in the general, transportation, education, Catamount, state health care resources, and Global Commitment funds, and revenues from the gross receipts tax under 33 V.S.A. § 2503. The January revenue estimate shall be for the current and next two succeeding fiscal years, and the July revenue estimate shall be for the current and immediately succeeding fiscal years. Federal fund estimates shall be provided at the same times for the current fiscal year.

Sec. 6.011.  32 V.S.A. § 703 is amended to read:

Sec. 703.  Unexpended appropriations
The unexpended and unencumbered balances of any sums appropriated by the general assembly shall annually at the end of the fiscal year, unless otherwise specially specifically provided, be covered into the state treasury on July 1 revert to the appropriate fund balance. Refunds of expenditures and reimbursements shall be credited to the appropriate fund and to appropriation accounts in the current fiscal year.

Sec. 6.012.  33 V.S.A. § 1203 is amended to read:

§ 1203.  Eligibility

A family shall be eligible for Reach Ahead if the family resides in Vermont and:

(1)  has left Reach Up or the postsecondary education program within the prior six months for unsubsidized employment that meets the work requirements for the Reach Up program for the family's size and composition and meets the financial eligibility guidelines for the Vermont Health Access Program;

Sec. 6.013.  33 V.S.A. § 1211 is amended to read:

§ 1211.  Recertification

A family's income and hours of employment and other countable work activities shall be verified every six months to determine continuing eligibility for the program. To the extent possible for families receiving food stamps, income verification may be done at the same time as the food stamps recertification or verification of employment hours.

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Sec.  6.014.   33 V.S.A. § 1910 is amended to read:

§ 1910.   LIABILITY OF THIRD PARTIES; LIENS

(a)   The agency shall have a lien against a third party, to the extent of the amount paid by the agency for medical expenses, on any recovery for that claim, whether by judgment, compromise, mediation, or settlement, whenever:

(1)   the agency pays medical expenses for or on behalf of a recipient who has been injured or has suffered an illness or disease as a result of negligence; and

(2)   the person recipient asserts a claim against a third party for damages resulting from the injury, illness, or disease.

(b)   The agency shall have a lien against the insurer, to the extent of the amount paid by the agency for medical expenses, on any recovery from the insurer, whenever:

(1)  the agency pays medical expenses or renders medical services on behalf of a person recipient who has been injured or has suffered an injury, illness, or disease; and

(2)  the person recipient asserts a claim against an insurer as a result of the injury, illness, or disease.

(c)  An attorney representing a person who, as a result of injuries, illness or disease suffered as the result of the negligence or wrong of another has received, is receiving or has applied for medical assistance under this subchapter or for residential care provided by the agency at a hospital for the mentally ill or habilitative care center for the developmentally disabled shall, provided the attorney has notice of the receipt or application, notify the agency prior to distribution of the settlement or judgment.  A recipient who has applied for or has received medical assistance under this subchapter and the recipient’s attorney, if any, shall cooperate with the agency by:

(1)  informing the recipient’s insurer of the agency’s right to repayment of medical expenses consistent with the provisions of this subchapter;

(2)  no later than 30 days after initiating informal recovery activity or filing a legal recovery action against a third party, providing the agency with written notice of such activity or action; and

(3)  no later than 30 days after initiating informal recovery activity or filing a legal recovery action against a third party, providing the third party and the third party’s insurer, if any, with written notice of the existence of the agency’s lien and the text of subdivision (e)(1) of this section.

(d)  Any written notice provided to the agency pursuant to subdivision (c)(2) of this section shall disclose the identity and address of any third party against whom the recipient has or may have a right of recovery, the name of the court in which the legal recovery action, if any, was brought, and a copy of the pleadings, if any.  The agency may choose to become a party to such an action.

(e)(1)  A recipient, an attorney on behalf of a recipient, a third party, or an insurer shall not settle, compromise, release, or waive a claim or otherwise allocate the proceeds of any settlement without providing the agency with reasonable notice in order to provide the agency with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the settlement negotiations to ensure a fair allocation of the settlement proceeds to the past medical expenses.  No settlement, compromise, release, or waiver of claim or other allocation shall be finalized without the written consent of the director of the agency or designee, and any settlement, compromise, release, waiver, or other allocation obtained without the agency’s written consent shall be invalid and shall not bind the agency.  If a settlement, compromise, release, waiver, or other allocation is obtained without the consent of the agency, the agency may bring an action in the superior court in Washington County to have the allocation reviewed and modified.

(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (i) of this section, the agency may bring a civil action in the superior court in Washington County to recover up to the full amount it has expended in medical costs on behalf of a recipient from any party, including the recipient, to whom the proceeds of a judgment, settlement, compromise, release, or waiver were paid or made payable.

(3)  Unless the agency intervenes in the lawsuit or files a separate lawsuit, recipients, including minors, shall be vested with the right to recover medical expenses as part of their cause of action for other damages.  Absent a court finding to the contrary, recipients shall be deemed to recover medical expenses as part of any recovery.

(4)  A recipient or an attorney on behalf of a recipient shall pay to the agency, within 30 days after receipt of settlement proceeds or recovery of a judgment, the full amount of the medical assistance owed to the agency.  If full payment of the required sum is not made to the agency within the 30-day period, the recipient or his or her attorney shall place a sum equal to the full amount of the medical assistance provided in an escrow account pending a mediation or judicial determination of the agency’s right to the amount.

(5)  The agency’s lien for its medical costs relating to the recipient’s injury, illness, or disease shall be given priority over all other damages.

(6)  Notwithstanding any other part of this section, if the amount the agency reasonably expects to recover for medical expenses paid on behalf of the recipient from a liable third party, the third party’s insurer, or both is less than or equal to the estimated costs of such recovery, the agency shall not be required to seek reimbursement from, or may reduce or compromise a claim against, the liable third party, the insurer, or both.  In making the determination whether to pursue, reduce, or compromise a claim, the agency may consider the factual and legal issues of liability between the recipient and the liable third party and the total amount available to satisfy the recipient’s claim.

(d)(f)  A lien created under this section shall not be effective unless:

(1)  notice of the lien is filed in the office of the clerk of the town in which the agency is located and contains the name and address of the recipient, acknowledgment of the recipient's application for or receipt of medical assistance, and the name of the person alleged to be liable; and

(2)  the agency mails a notice of the lien with a statement of the date it was filed to the person alleged to be liable.

(e)(g)  The agency shall send a copy of the notice of the lien required by subsection (f) of this section to the following persons, if the appropriate names and addresses can be determined:

(1)  The injured, ill or diseased person recipient for whom the department has paid medical expenses.

(2)  Any insurance carrier that may be ultimately liable.

(3)  Any attorney for the injured, ill or diseased person recipient.

(f)(h)  Within 45 days after the filing of the notice of the lien, the agency shall send an itemized statement of the medical expenses paid by the agency for which the agency seeks to perfect a lien to the persons listed in subsection (e)(g) of this section.  The notice provisions contained in this subsection may be waived by agreement of the parties.

(g)(i)  The agency may, on behalf of a recipient, perfect a lien by filing an action file a civil action in the superior court in Washington County against a liable third party, the third party’s insurer, or both, to recover up to the full amount of medical expenses it has incurred on behalf of the recipient.  The agency may initiate this action only if:

(1)  the recipient has not initiated legal proceedings against the third party within one year after the occurrence of the injury, illness, or disease resulting, at least in part, from the actions or omissions, including negligence, of the third party; and

(2)   the time remaining under the statute of limitations for the action is six months or less.

(h)(j)  The attorney general shall be responsible for initiating actions on behalf of the agency.

(i)(k)  Whenever the agency recovers under the lien and that recovery is the result of an action initiated by a recipient, the attorney for the recipient may withhold the agency's pro rata share of reasonably necessary fees and costs and expenses incurred in asserting the claim.  If the agency waives its right to a lien reimbursement, it is shall not be liable for a pro rata share of any fees or costs under this subsection incurred by the recipient or attorney.

(j)  The attorney for the recipient may negotiate an attorney fee with the agency.

(k)  In cases in which the agency's lien equals or exceeds the amount of judgment or settlement, the agency shall reduce its claim by recognizing reasonable attorney fees and other reasonable costs of procurement of settlement. Additionally, the agency shall compromise its claim taking into consideration the nonmedical claims of the recipient.

(l)  In cases in which the court has determined the amount of recovery allocated for past medical expenses, the agency's lien shall be limited to that amount.

Sec. 6.015.  33 V.S.A. § 1953(a)(1) is amended to read:

(1)  Beginning July 1, 2005 January 1, 2008, each hospital's annual assessment, except for hospitals assessed under subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall be 6.0 5.5 percent of its net patient revenues (less chronic, skilled, and swing bed revenues) for the hospital's fiscal year as determined annually by the director from the hospital's financial reports and other data filed with the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration.  The annual assessment shall be based on data from a hospital's third most recent full fiscal year.

Sec. 6.016.  33 V.S.A. § 1984(c)(1) is amended to read:

(c)(1)  For the lowest cost plan, an individual's contribution shall be:

(A)  Income less than or equal to 200 percent of FPL: $60.00 $65.00 per month.

(B)  Income greater than 200 percent and less than or equal to 225 percent of FPL: $90.00 $100.00 per month.

(C)  Income greater than 225 percent and less than or equal to 250 percent of FPL: $110.00 $125.00 per month.

(D)  Income greater than 250 percent and less than or equal to 275 percent of FPL: $125.00 $145.00 per month.

(E)  Income greater than 275 percent and less than or equal to 300 percent of FPL: $135.00 $160.00 per month.

(F)  Income greater than 300 percent of FPL: the actual cost of Catamount Health.

Sec. 6.017.  33 V.S.A. § 2073 is amended to read:

§. 2073.  V-pharm assistance program

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(c)  V-Pharm shall provide supplemental benefits by paying or subsidizing:

(1)  the actual Medicare part D premium for the standard prescription drug benefit offered by Medicare part D prescription drug programs, except for any late enrollment penalties, provided that OVHA may pay or subsidize a higher premium for a Medicare part D prescription drug plan offering expanded benefits if it is cost-effective to do so;

(2)  any other cost-sharing required by Medicare part D, except for

co-payments for individuals eligible for Medicaid. For those not eligible for Medicaid, effective July 1, 2008, V-Pharm will pay cost-sharing less the applicable copayment: $3.00 for prescriptions costing $29.99 or less, $5.00 for prescriptions costing $30.00 through $49.99, and $7.00 for prescriptions costing $50.00 or more;

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(d)(1)  The secretary of the agency of human services shall develop by rule the manner by which an individual shall contribute the individual's cost established in subdivision (2) of this subsection, except that individuals eligible for Medicaid shall only be subject to the cost-sharing requirements established by Medicaid and Medicare.  The rule shall seek to minimize the possibility of inadvertent loss of eligibility for Medicare part D and V-Pharm benefits.  Prior to filing the rule, the secretary shall submit the proposed rule to the health access oversight committee.  The health access oversight committee shall review and advise on the agency rules and policies developed under this subsection and shall submit for consideration any recommendations to the joint legislative committee on administrative rules.

(2)  An individual shall contribute the following base cost-sharing amounts which shall be indexed to the increases established under 42 C.F.R.

§ 423.104(d)(5)(iv) and then rounded to the nearest dollar amount:

(A)  $13.00 In the case of recipients whose household income is no greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, such premium shall be $17.00 per month or $156.00 per year in the case of recipients whose household income is no greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

(B)  $17.00 In the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level, the premium shall be $23.00 per month or $204.00 per year in the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level.

(C)  In the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 225 percent of the federal poverty level, the premium shall be $50.00 $35.00 per month or $420.00 per year in the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 225 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Sec. 6.018.  33 V.S.A. § 2074 is amended to read:

§ 2074.  Vermont-Rx program

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(c)  Benefits under Vermont-Rx shall be subject to payment of a premium amount by the recipient in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(1)  In the case of recipients whose household income is no greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, such the premium shall be $13.00 $17.00 per month.

(2)  In the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level, the premium shall be $17.00 $23.00 per month.

(3)  In the case of recipients whose household income is greater than 175 percent of the federal poverty level and no greater than 225 percent of the federal poverty level, the premium shall be $35.00 $50.00 per month.

(d)  Any manufacturer of pharmaceuticals purchased by individuals receiving assistance from Vermont-Rx established under this section shall pay to OVHA, as a condition of participation in the program, a rebate in an amount at least as favorable as the rebate paid to OVHA in connection with the Medicaid program.

(e)  Under Vermont-Rx, a pharmaceutical may be dispensed to an eligible recipient provided such dispensing is pursuant to and in accordance with any contractual arrangement that OVHA may enter into or approve for the group discount purchase of pharmaceuticals.  When a person or business located in Vermont and employing citizens of this state has submitted a bid for the group discount purchase of pharmaceuticals and has not been selected, the director of OVHA shall record the reason for nonselection.  The director's report shall be a public record available to any interested person.  All bids or quotations shall be kept on file in the director's office and open to public inspection.


Sec. 6.019.  33 V.S.A. § 2501a(b) is amended to read:

(b)  The responsibilities of the office of home energy assistance shall include:

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(7)  Coordinating with Vermont housing finance agency and Vermont economic development authority in establishing income, efficiency and administrative guidelines for the energy efficiency loan program.

Sec. 6.020.  33 V.S.A. § 1955(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Each Beginning January 1, 2008, each ICF/MR’s annual assessment shall be six 5.5 percent of the ICF/MR’s total annual direct and indirect expenses for the most recently settled ICF/MR audit.

Sec. 6.021.  2 V.S.A. chapter 27 is added to read:

CHAPTER 27.   HEALTH IT-FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE

§ 961.   HEALTH IT-FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE

There is created a health IT-fund advisory committee.  Members of the committee shall include two members appointed jointly by the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate and two members appointed by the governor.  Committee members shall not be potential recipients of the health IT-fund grants, subcontracts, or contracts.  The committee shall meet as necessary to monitor the progress of the health IT-fund established in subsection 962(a) of this title, review the quarterly expenditure reports submitted by the Vermont information technology leaders (VITL) and others pursuant to subsection 962(h) of this title, advise the secretary of administration and the general assembly regarding proposals from VITL and others for disbursements from the health IT-fund, and consider recommendations to the commission on health care reform relating to continuation of the health care information technology reinvestment fee established in section 4089k of Title 8, including the realization of any unanticipated receipts.  Legislative members shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in section 406 of this title.  All other members shall be entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in section 1010 of Title 32.

§ 962.  VERMONT HEALTH IT-FUND

(a)  The Vermont health IT-fund is established in the department of the treasury as a special fund to be a source of funding for medical health care information technology programs and initiatives such as those outlined in the Vermont health information technology plan administered by the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL).  One hundred percent of the fund shall be disbursed for the advancement of health information technology adoption and utilization in Vermont as appropriated by the general assembly, less any disbursements relating to the administration of the fund.  The fund shall be used for the development of programs and initiatives sponsored by VITL and state entities designed to promote and improve health care information technology, including:

(1)  a program to provide electronic health information systems and practice management systems for primary care practitioners in Vermont;

(2)  financial support for VITL to build and operate the health information exchange network;

(3)  implementation of the Blueprint for Health information technology initiatives and the advanced medical home project; and

(4)  consulting services for installation, integration, and clinical process re-engineering relating to the utilization of healthcare information technology such as electronic medical records.

(b)  The health IT-fund shall be administered by the secretary of administration or his or her designee.

(c)  Into the fund shall be deposited:

(1)  revenue from the reinvestment fee imposed on health insurers pursuant to section 4089k of Title 8;

(2)  contributions from the office of Vermont health access, as appropriated by the general assembly; and

(3)  the proceeds from grants, donations, contributions, taxes, and any other sources of revenue as may be provided by statute, rule, or act of the general assembly.

(d)  The fund shall be administered pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of Title 32, except that interest earned on the fund and any remaining balance shall be retained in the fund.  All monies received by or generated to the fund shall be disbursed solely as allowed by appropriation of the general assembly.

(e)  VITL and any other entity requesting disbursements from the health IT-fund shall develop an annual detailed plan for proposed expenditures from the health IT-fund for the upcoming fiscal year.  The expenditure plan shall be included within the context of the entity’s overall budget, including all revenue and expenditures. 

(f)  The plan developed under subsection (e) of this section shall be submitted to the secretary of administration or his or her designee, who shall then submit his or her recommendations on the plan to the general assembly.

(g)  The secretary of administration or his or her designee shall submit an annual report on the receipts, expenditures, and balances in the health IT-fund to the joint fiscal committee at its September meeting and to the commission on health care reform by October 1.  The report shall include information on the results of an annual independent study of the effectiveness of programs and initiatives funded through the health IT-fund, with reference to a baseline, benchmarks, and other measures for monitoring progress and including data on return on investments made.

(h)  VITL and any other beneficiary receiving funding shall submit quarterly expenditure reports to the secretary of administration, the IT-fund committee, and the health care reform commission, including a year-end report by August 1.

Sec. 6.022.  8 V.S.A. § 4089k is added to read:

§ 4089k.  HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

                 REINVESTMENT FEE

(a)  Quarterly, beginning October 1, 2008, each health insurer shall pay a fee into the health IT-fund established in section 962 of Title 2.  The fee shall be 0.5 0.12 of one percent of all medical claims paid by the health insurer in the previous fiscal quarter.

(b)  As used in this section:

(1)  “Health insurance” means any group or individual health care benefit policy, contract, or plan offered, issued, or renewed to a Vermont resident, including any health care benefit plan offered, issued, or renewed by any health insurance company, any nonprofit hospital and medical service corporation, or any managed care organization as defined in section 9402 of Title 18.  It does not include any state health care assistance program financed in whole or in part through a federal program, unless authorized by federal law and approved by the general assembly, nor does it apply to coverage for specified disease or other limited benefit policies that only provide fixed indemnity coverage.

(2)  “Health insurer” means any person who offers, issues, or renews a health insurance policy, contract, or plan, and includes third party administrators who administer self-insured plans.  The term does not apply to coverage for specified disease or other limited benefit policies that only provide fixed indemnity coverage.

(c)  No later than June 30, 2011, the secretary of administration, or his or her designee, in consultation with the health IT-fund advisory committee, shall assess the adequacy of funding and make recommendations to the commission on health care reform concerning the appropriateness of the duration of the health care information technology reinvestment fee.

(d)  This section shall sunset July 1, 2018.

Sec. 7.001.  EFFECTIVE DATES

(a)  This section and Secs. 4.003, 4.004(b), 5.006(a), 5.010, 5.109, 5.208, 5.216, 5.802(a), 5.803, 6.006, 6.007, and 6015 of this act shall take effect on passage.

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