June 29, 2009

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives:

Pursuant to Article LVI, as amended by Article XC, Section 3 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I am returning to you for amendment Section 130 of House Bill No. 4129, "An Act Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2010 for the Maintenance of the Departments, Boards, Commissions, Institutions and Certain Activities of the Commonwealth, for Interest, Sinking Fund and Serial Bond Requirements and for Certain Permanent Improvements."

Section 130 transfers a total of $31 million from certain trust funds to the General Fund. While this section is consistent with a proposal that I filed as part of my revised budget proposal, it requires the transfer of balances that are no longer available in certain trust funds.

For these reasons, I recommend that Section 130 be amended by striking out the text and inserting in place thereof the following text:-

SECTION 130. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall transfer the following amounts to the General Fund after notice from the secretary of administration and finance that sufficient funds are available:

(a) $3,000,000 from the County Registers Technological Fund, established in section 2KKK of chapter 29 of the General Laws;

(b) $3,000,000 from the Commonwealth Covenant Fund established in section 35EE of chapter 10 of the General Laws;

(c) $1,859,744 from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Scholar-Internship Match Fund; and

(d) $1,140,256 from the Massachusetts Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics Grant Fund established in section 2MMM of chapter 29.

Transfers under this section shall be made not later than June 30, 2010.

Respectfully submitted,

Deval Patrick