70660000 - Department of Higher Education

Account Description FY2010
Spending
FY2011
GAA
7066-0000 Department of Higher Education
For the operation of the department of higher education; provided, that the department shall recommend savings proposals that permit institutions of public higher education to achieve administrative and program cost reductions, resource re-allocation and program re-assessment and to utilize resources otherwise available to such institutions; and provided further, that in order to meet the estimated costs of employee fringe benefits provided by the commonwealth on account of employees of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, and in order to meet the estimated cost of heat, light, power and other services, if any, to be furnished by the commonwealth to projects of these authorities, the boards of trustees of the state colleges and the University of Massachusetts shall transfer to the General Fund from the funds received from the operations of the projects such costs, if any, as shall be incurred by the commonwealth for these purposes in the current fiscal year, as determined by the appropriate building authority, verified by the commissioner of higher education and approved by the secretary of administration and finance; provided, that funds may be expended for a program in math, science, engineering and technology for academically accelerated students in their final 2 years of high school pursuant to item 7061-9612 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that funds may be expended by the department of higher education on a review conducted by an external entity of the capacities and sustainability of the community colleges in the commonwealth in the context of the current fiscal climate and rapidly increasing student enrollments, and the overall role of the colleges in contributing to the economic, social and educational progress of the commonwealth; provided further, that said review shall include but not be limited to an analysis of the sufficiency of program and course availability, faculty and administrative staffing including, but not limited to, the use of adjunct faculty, academic and other student support services and academic facilities in relation to student demand, the sustainability of the current funding mechanisms and patterns, ability of community colleges to respond to the needs of employers for workforce development, overall course and program affordability at each college; provided further, that the department of higher education shall solicit private grants supporting said review; and provided further, that said review shall include a comprehensive report to be completed not later than November 15, 2010 and submitted to the speaker of the house, the senate president, the co-chairs of the joint committee on higher education, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the house and senate minority leaders, the secretary of education, the secretary of administration and finance and the secretary of workforce and economic development; and provided further, that upon receipt of a written certification by the secretary of administration and finance, addressed to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the comptroller of the commonwealth, that legislation extending the commonwealth's eligibility for an enhanced federal medical assistance percentage pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, not in effect as of June 1, 2010, has been duly enacted and signed into law by the President of the United States or that the federal government has otherwise obligated itself to release additional funding not available as of June 1, 2010, to the commonwealth during state fiscal year 2011,that the department shall expend funds for a program in math, science, engineering and technology for academically accelerated students in their final 2 years of high school pursuant to item 7061-9612 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008



General Fund 88.707%

FMAP Budget Relief Fund 11.293%

1,890,529 1,570,984

Veto Explanation:   I am vetoing this language and reducing this amount because none of the enhanced FMAP funds have been received from or committed by the federal government.