Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2013

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2013

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Expenditures from Fiscal Year 2012 Surplus

SECTION 17.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, after complying with clause (a) of section 5C of chapter 29 of the General Laws, the comptroller shall dispose of the consolidated net surplus in the budgetary funds for fiscal year 2012 in the following order to the extent that funds are available: (1) the comptroller shall transfer $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund established by section 6 of chapter 23I of the General Laws; (2) the comptroller shall transfer $10,000,000 from the General Fund to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund established by section 2WWW of chapter 29 of the General Laws, but the department of career services shall make expenditures from the Fund to establish regional centers of excellence at community colleges, vocational or technical high schools, or collaborations between community colleges and vocation or technical high schools; (3) the comptroller shall transfer $65,000,000 which shall be distributed to cities and towns in proportion to the amount by which each municipality's unrestricted general government aid in fiscal year 2011 exceeds such aid in fiscal year 2013; and (4) the comptroller shall transfer the remaining balance from the General Fund to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund.
(b) All transfers pursuant to this section shall be made from the undesignated fund balances in the budgetary funds proportionally from the undesignated fund balances; but no such transfer shall cause a deficit in any of the funds.
 
 

Summary:
This section distributes any surplus at the end of fiscal year 2012 in the following order, to the extent that funds are available: * $15,000,000 to the Massachusetts Life Sciences Investment Fund * $10,000,000 to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, including funding to establish regional centers of excellence at community colleges, vocational or technical high schools, * $65,000,000 in additional local aid; * the remaining balance to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund.



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