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(a) Whenever the commonwealth has borrowed funds as authorized by law to fund the acquisition of equipment that would have otherwise been funded under an item of appropriation in section 2, the secretary of administration and finance may authorize the transfer of funds from the item of appropriation in section 2 from which the equipment acquisition would have been funded to any other item of appropriation for the purpose of funding personnel or other operating-related expenses that would have otherwise been funded in the fiscal year 2009 capital budget from the proceeds of bonds. The secretary may establish an appropriation account to receive this transfer if none exists under section 2. Any amount transferred under this section shall not exceed the cost of the related equipment acquisition, and the aggregate amount of all such transfers shall not exceed $50,000,000.
(b) Before making any transfer authorized by this section, the secretary of administration and finance shall submit a transfer report and certification to the house and senate committees on ways and means. The report and certification shall include the following: (1) a schedule showing the cost of equipment acquisition that would have been funded from an item of appropriation in section 2, the item of appropriation from which the equipment would have been funded and the bond authorization against which bonds may be issued to fund the acquisition of the equipment; (2) a schedule showing the cost of all personnel and other operating expenses that would have been funded from the fiscal year 2009 capital budget, identification of each of the agencies that pay the related expenses, the item in the capital budget and the bond authorization from which the personnel or operating expenses would have been funded, and the item of appropriation in section 2 from which the personnel or operating expenses will be funded; (3) a schedule of each amount that will be transferred from one item of appropriation in section 2 to another under subsection (a) in order to effectuate the transactions described in clauses (1) and (2); and (4) a certification of the secretary confirming that the equipment will be acquired in fiscal year 2009 with bond proceeds pursuant to the fiscal year 2009 capital budget and the bond authorization identified in clause (1).
This section establishes a no-cost mechanism for potentially taking hundreds of personnel and other operating cost expenses off the capital budget, by allowing transfers between budget accounts.
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