Senate, No. 2250

 

Senate, May 24, 2007

 

Text of the Senate amendments to the House Bill making appropriations for the fiscal year 2008 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 (House, No. 4001)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Year Two Thousand and Seven

 

 

 

SECTION 1. To provide for the maintenance of the several departments, boards, commissions and institutions and other services, for certain permanent improvements and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in sections 2, 2B, 2D and 3, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified in sections 2, 2B, 2D and 3, are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise, subject to the provisions of law regulating the disbursement of public funds and the approval thereof for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.  All sums appropriated under this act, including supplemental and deficiency budgets, shall be expended in a manner reflecting and encouraging a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for members of minority groups, women and handicapped persons.  All officials and employees of an agency, board, department, commission or division receiving monies under this act shall take affirmative steps to ensure equality of opportunity in the internal affairs of state government, as well as in their relations with the public, including those persons and organizations doing business with the commonwealth.  Each agency, board, department, commission or division, in spending appropriated sums and discharging its statutory responsibilities, shall adopt measures to ensure equal opportunity in the areas of hiring, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment, layoff or termination, rates of compensation, in-service or apprenticeship training programs and all terms and conditions of employment.

SECTION 1A. In accordance with Articles LXIII and CVII of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and section 6D of chapter 29 of the General Laws, it is hereby declared that the amounts of revenue set forth in this section by source for the respective funds of the commonwealth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, are necessary and sufficient to provide the means to defray the appropriations and expenditures from such funds for said fiscal year as set forth and authorized in sections 2 and 2B. The comptroller shall keep a distinct account of actual receipts from each such source by each such fund to furnish the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with quarterly statements comparing such receipts with the projected receipts set forth herein and to include a full statement comparing such actual and projected receipts in the annual report for said fiscal year pursuant to section 13 of chapter 7A of the General Laws.  The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those specified in this section.

Fiscal Year 2008 Revenue by Source and Budgeted Fund (in Millions)

 

 

Source

All Budgeted Funds*

General Fund

Highway Fund

School Building Trust

MBTA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Alcohol. Bev.

72.0

 72.0

 

 

 

 Cigarettes

 426.3

 426.3

 

 

 

 Corporations

 1,518.5

 1,518.5

 

 

 

 Deeds

 177.0

 177.0

 

 

 

 Estate Inher.

 225.0

 225.0

 

 

 

 Financial Institutions

 254.4

 254.4

 

 

 

 Income 

 11604.6

 11604.,6

 

 

 

 Insurance

 439.9

 439.9

 

 

 

 Motor Fuels

 673.8

 96.7

 576.1

 

 

 Public Utils.

 132.8

 132.8

 

 

 

 Room Occupancy

 114.2

 74.2

 

 

 

 Sales-Regular

 3,035.7

 1,857.7

 

 537.7

 640.4

 Sales-Meals

 631.8

 631.8

 

 

 

 Sales-Mot.Veh.

 547.9

 335.3

 

 97.0

 115.6

 Miscellaneous

 3.7

 3.7

 

 

 

 UI Surcharges

 21.5

 

 

 

 

 Total Taxes

 19,879.0

 17,849.8

 576.1

 634.7

 756.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

SBAB Transfer

 (634.7)

 

 

 (634.7)

 

MBTA Transfer

 (756.0)

 

 

 

 (756.0)

Pension Transfer

 (1,398.6)

 (1,398.6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Taxes for Budget

 17,089.7

 16,451.2

 576.1

 0.0

 0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Tax Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Reimbursements

 6,431.5

 6,423.0

 3.6

 

 

Departmental Revenue

 2,425.8

 1,907.5

 422.5

 

 

Consolidated Transfers

 589.2

 823.5

 (.4)

 

 

TOTAL REVENUE FOR BUDGET

 25,536.2

 25,605.2

 1001.8

 

 

* Includes revenue deposited into and transfers out of the Workforce Training Fund, Mass Tourism Fund, Inland Fish and Game Fund, and Stabilization Fund.

 

 

SECTION 1B. The comptroller shall keep a distinct account of actual receipts of non-tax revenues by each department, board, commission or institution to furnish the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with quarterly statements comparing such receipts with projected receipts set forth herein and to include a full statement comparing such receipts with projected receipts in the annual report for such fiscal year pursuant to section 13 of chapter 7A of the General Laws.  The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those specified in this section.

 

                                           Non-Tax Revenue:  Department Summary

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Judiciary

Supreme Judicial Court                                                    $2,854,646                            $0                   $2,854,646

Committee for Public Counsel                                               $40,000                    $750,000                     $790,000

Appeals Court                                                               $461,650                            $0                     $461,650

Trial Court                                                               $73,222,065                $40,000,000                $113,222,065

                                                TOTALS :                 $76,578,361                $40,750,000                $117,328,361

District Attorneys

Hampden District Attorney                                                        $0                            $0                             $0

District Attorney's Association                                                    $0                  $1,785,056                   $1,785,056

                                                TOTALS :                             $0                  $1,785,056                   $1,785,056

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor                                                        $2,000                            $0                        $2,000

                                                TOTALS :                        $2,000                            $0                        $2,000

Office of the Secretary of State

Secretary of State                                                      $212,149,279                     $80,000                $212,229,279

                                                TOTALS :                $212,149,279                     $80,000                $212,229,279

Office of the State Treasurer

Treasurer's Office                                                      $373,419,502                            $0                $373,419,502

State Lottery Commission                                            $184,352,824               $935,028,283             $1,119,381,107

Mass Cultural Council                                                               $0                            $0                             $0

Alcohol Beverages Control Commission                               $3,791,600                            $0                   $3,791,600

                                                TOTALS :                $561,563,926               $935,028,283             $1,496,592,209

State Auditor's Office

State Auditor's Office                                                               $0                            $0                             $0

                                                TOTALS :                             $0                            $0                             $0

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General                                                        $12,834,023                    $450,000                 $13,284,023

                                                TOTALS :                 $12,834,023                    $450,000                 $13,284,023

Ethics Commission

State Ethics Commission                                                        $359                            $0                          $359

                                                TOTALS :                          $359                            $0                          $359

Office of the Inspector General

Inspector General                                                                    $0                    $300,000                     $300,000

                                                TOTALS :                             $0                    $300,000                     $300,000

Campaign and Political Finance

Campaign and Political Finance                                             $32,250                            $0                      $32,250

                                                TOTALS :                      $32,250                            $0                      $32,250

Executive Office: Administration and Finance

Secretary of Administration and Finance                               ($400,000)                            $0                   ($400,000)

Comptroller's Office                                                   $548,544,208                            $0                $548,544,208

                                                TOTALS :                $548,144,208                            $0                $548,144,208

Executive Office: Administration and Finance

Secretary of Administration and Finance                          ($353,563,976)                  $1,000,000              ($352,563,976)

DCAMM                                                                 $18,931,803                $16,398,500                 $35,330,303

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Bureau of State Office Buildings                                           $151,000                            $0                     $151,000

Civil Service Commission                                                    $19,200                            $0                      $19,200

Group Insurance Commission                                         $238,361,543                            $0                $238,361,543

Division of Administrative Law Appeals                                   $86,000                            $0                      $86,000

George Fingold Library                                                           $200                     $10,000                      $10,200

Department of Revenue                                               $227,499,149                $22,877,280                $250,376,429

Appellate Tax Board                                                     $1,798,835                    $300,000                   $2,098,835

Human Resources Division                                                 $554,295                  $1,677,500                   $2,231,795

Division of Operational Services                                          $684,850                  $1,208,000                   $1,892,850

Operational Services Division                                                      $0                            $0                             $0

Division of Information Technology                                        $9,322                    $467,837                     $477,159

                                                TOTALS :                $134,532,221                $43,939,117                $178,471,338

Executive Office: Environmental Affairs

Secretary of Environmental Affairs                                     $4,971,463                    $625,000                   $5,596,463

Department of Environmental Protection                           $41,925,070                  $1,200,000                 $43,125,070

Department of Fish and Game                                         $14,218,900                    $217,989                 $14,436,889

Department of Agricultural Resources                                  $4,375,256                            $0                   $4,375,256

Department of Conservation and Recreation                         $13,015,201                  $7,904,826                 $20,920,027

                                                TOTALS :                 $78,505,890                  $9,947,815                 $88,453,705

Department of Early Education and Care

Department of Early Education and Care                           $194,442,398                            $0                $194,442,398

                                                TOTALS :                $194,442,398                            $0                $194,442,398

Executive Office: Health and Human Services

Veterans Affairs                                                               $10,000                    $300,000                     $310,000

Secretary of Health and Human Services                          $2,913,333,398               $225,000,000             $3,135,656,398

Division of Health Care Finance and Policy                          $17,125,000                            $0                 $17,125,000

Mass Commission for the Blind                                         $3,586,457                            $0                   $3,586,457

Mass Rehabilitation Commission                                        $2,730,395                    $330,000                   $3,060,395

Mass Commission for the Deaf                                            $148,000                            $0                     $148,000

Chelsea Soldiers' Home                                                  $10,745,136                            $0                 $10,745,136

Office of Child Care Services                                                       $0                            $0                             $0

Holyoke Soldiers' Home                                                $12,925,096                    $319,000                 $13,244,096

Department of Youth Services                                          $6,103,958                            $0                   $6,103,958

Department of Transitional Assistance                              $392,317,405                  $7,000,000                $399,317,405

Department of Public Health                                           $87,284,673                $60,558,292                $147,842,965

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Department of Social Services                                        $224,429,445                  $5,000,000                $229,429,445

Department of Mental Health                                        $110,186,192                  $5,412,427                $115,598,619

Department of Mental Retardation                                  $438,388,339                    $150,000                $438,538,339

Office of Elder Affairs                                              $1,302,765,917                            $0             $1,302,765,917

                                                TOTALS :             $5,520,742,411               $304,069,719             $5,823,472,130

Executive Office: Transportation

Secretary of Transportation                                               $668,512                     $27,344                     $695,856

Mass Aeronautics Commission                                             $422,850                            $0                     $422,850

Mass Highway                                                             $7,630,000                  $7,000,000                 $14,630,000

Registry of Motor Vehicles                                           $421,320,000                $10,000,000                $431,320,000

                                                TOTALS :                $430,041,362                $17,027,344                $447,068,706

Board of Library Commissioners

Board of Library Commissioners                                             $2,000                            $0                        $2,000

                                                TOTALS :                        $2,000                            $0                        $2,000

Executive Office: Economic Development

Department of Labor                                                     $1,523,090                    $152,850                   $1,675,940

Secretary of Economic Development                                             $0                            $0                             $0

Department of Industrial Accidents                                   $20,752,788                            $0                 $20,752,788

Labor Relations Commission                                                       $0                            $0                             $0

Board of Concilliation and Arbitration                                     $95,500                            $0                      $95,500

Department of Workforce Development                                 $205,500                            $0                     $205,500

Division of Banks                                                       $15,695,355                            $0                 $15,695,355

Division of Insurance                                                   $78,726,410                            $0                 $78,726,410

Division of Professional Licensure                                    $14,208,490                            $0                 $14,208,490

Division of Standards                                                     $1,366,200                    $818,900                   $2,185,100

Department of Public Utilities                                         $11,240,669                     $75,000                 $11,315,669

Department of Telecommunications and Cable                        $2,446,137                            $0                   $2,446,137

State Racing Commission                                                $4,100,365                            $0                   $4,100,365

Division of Energy                                                          $680,498                            $0                     $680,498

                                                TOTALS :                $151,041,002                  $1,046,750                $152,087,752

Division of Housing and Community Development

Division of Housing and Community Development                   $2,602,560                  $2,200,000                   $4,802,560

                                                TOTALS :                   $2,602,560                  $2,200,000                   $4,802,560

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Department of Education

Department of Education                                                $7,633,300                            $0                   $7,633,300

                                                TOTALS :                   $7,633,300                            $0                   $7,633,300

Board of Higher Education

Board of Higher Education                                             ($3,400,000)                            $0                 ($3,400,000)

University of Massachusetts                                            $53,000,000                            $0                 $53,000,000

Bridgewater State College                                                $4,011,331                            $0                   $4,011,331

Fitchburg State College                                                   $2,726,000                            $0                   $2,726,000

Framingham State College                                               $2,649,000                            $0                   $2,649,000

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts                                     $998,275                            $0                     $998,275

Salem State College                                                       $2,888,000                            $0                   $2,888,000

Westfield State College                                                   $3,099,800                            $0                   $3,099,800

Worcester State College                                                  $3,537,000                            $0                   $3,537,000

Massachusetts Maritime Academy                                                 $0                            $0                             $0

Berkshire Community College                                             $323,000                            $0                     $323,000

Bristol Community College                                                $746,000                            $0                     $746,000

Cape Cod Community College                                             $587,200                            $0                     $587,200

Greenfield Community College                                            $576,000                            $0                     $576,000

Holyoke Community College                                            $1,233,000                            $0                   $1,233,000

Mass Bay Community College                                           $1,110,000                            $0                   $1,110,000

Massasoit Community College                                           $1,400,000                            $0                   $1,400,000

Mount Wachusett Community College                                   $391,000                            $0                     $391,000

Northern Essex Community College                                    $1,190,000                            $0                   $1,190,000

North Shore Community College                                        $1,634,000                            $0                   $1,634,000

Quinsigamond Community College                                      $1,088,000                            $0                   $1,088,000

Springfield Technical Community College                             $1,392,000                            $0                   $1,392,000

Roxbury Community College                                              $450,000                    $529,843                     $979,843

Middlesex Community College                                             $409,000                            $0                     $409,000

Bunker Hill Community College                                         $1,625,000                            $0                   $1,625,000

                                                TOTALS :                 $83,663,606                    $529,843                 $84,193,449

Executive Office: Public Safety

Secretary of Public Safety                                                          $0                    $675,500                     $675,500

Chief Medical Examiner                                                            $0                  $1,300,000                   $1,300,000

Sex Offender Registry Board                                               $210,000                            $0                     $210,000

Criminal History Systems Board                                         $5,491,424                    $185,000                   $5,676,424

  Revenue Source                                             Unrestricted Non-Tax          Restricted Non-Tax         Total Non-Tax

Department of State Police                                              $2,377,000                $23,635,000                 $26,012,000

Criminal Justice Training Council                                            $1,500                  $1,363,500                   $1,365,000

Department of Public Safety                                           $17,030,040                  $1,898,600                 $18,928,640

Department of Fire Services                                               $123,979                    $300,000                     $423,979

Merit Rating Board                                                           $32,000                            $0                      $32,000

Military Division                                                               $1,000                  $1,327,000                   $1,328,000

Emergency Management Agency                                          $858,765                            $0                     $858,765

Department of Corrections                                             $11,023,970                  $5,600,000                 $16,623,970

Parole Board                                                                  $20,000                    $600,000                     $620,000

                                                TOTALS :                 $37,169,678                $36,884,600                 $74,054,278

Sheriffs

Sheriff's Department Hampden                                            $363,500                  $1,518,345                   $1,881,845

Sheriff's Department Worcester                                           $178,300                            $0                     $178,300

Sheriff's Department Middlesex                                            $132,000                  $1,000,000                   $1,132,000

Sheriff's Department Franklin                                               $69,242                  $1,400,000                   $1,469,242

Sheriff's Department Hampshire                                            $63,900                    $163,000                     $226,900

Sheriff's Department Berkshire                                              $27,800                    $150,000                     $177,800

Sheriff's Department Essex                                                 $660,361                  $2,000,000                   $2,660,361

Sheriffs Association                                                                 $0                            $0                             $0

                                                TOTALS :                   $1,495,103                  $6,231,345                   $7,726,448

Mass Commission Against Discrimination

Massachusetts Commission Against  Discrimination                    $184,089                  $1,947,510                   $2,131,599

                                                TOTALS :                     $184,089                  $1,947,510                   $2,131,599

Total Tax and Non-Tax Revenue  :     $8,053,360,026     $1,402,217,382     $9,455,574,408

 


 

 

SECTION 2.      

JUDICIARY.

Supreme Judicial Court.

 

0320-0003           For the operation of the supreme judicial court, including salaries of the chief justice and the 6 associate justices............................................................................................................................................................. $7,588,951

 

0320-0010           For the operation of the clerk’s office of the supreme judicial court for Suffolk county........... $1,208,522

 

0321-0001           For the operation of the commission on judicial conduct ................................................................ $565,278

 

0321-0100           For the services of the board of bar examiners................................................................................ $1,087,055

 

Committee for Public Counsel Services.

 

0321-1500           For the operation of the committee for public counsel services, as authorized by chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided, that the committee shall submit a report to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, not later than January 31, 2008, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the number of clients assisted by the committee in the prior fiscal year; (b) any proposed expansion of legal services delineated by type of service, target population and cost; (c) the total number of persons who received legal services by the committee, by type of case and geographic location; (d) the costs for services rendered per client, by type of case and geographic location; (e) the amount paid, if any, to the committee by clients for services rendered by type of case and geographic location; (f) the average cost for services rendered by the committee by type of case; and (g) the average number of hours spent per attorney or staff per type of case................................................................................................. $18,399,624

 

0321-1510           For compensation paid to private counsel assigned to criminal and civil cases under subsection (b) of section 6 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, pursuant to section 11 of said chapter 211D; provided, that not more than $2,000,000 of the sum appropriated in this item may be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2008 $119,763,305

 

0321-1513           For the expansion of the public defender division pursuant to chapter 54 of the acts of 2005; provided, that the committee shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 31, 2008, on the progress of said expansion; provided further, that said report shall include the following: (1) the number of offices that have been opened; (2) the number of staff hired to work in the district offices; and (3) the estimated savings the commonwealth has realized from having cases assigned to public defenders as opposed to being assigned to private bar advocates; and provided further, that no funds from this appropriation shall support existing costs associated with line item 0321-1500............................................................................................................................ $8,132,279

 

0321-1518           The chief counsel for the committee for public services may expend an amount not to exceed $750,000 from revenues collected from fees charged for attorney representation of indigent clients ............................. $750,000

 

0321-1520           For fees and costs as defined in section 27A of chapter 261 of the General Laws, as ordered by a justice of the appeals court or a justice of a department of the trial court of the commonwealth on behalf of indigent persons, as defined in said section 27A of said chapter 261; provided, that not more than $1,000,000 of the sum appropriated in this item may be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2008........................................................ $8,456,513

 

0321-1600           For the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to provide legal representation for indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents of the commonwealth; provided, that notwithstanding section 9 of chapter 221A of the General Laws, $1,204,604 shall be expended for the disability benefits project, $544,286 shall be expended for the Medicare Advocacy Project and $2,490,993 shall be expended for the Battered Women’s Legal Assistance Project; provided further, that the corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 30, 2008, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the number of persons whom the programs funded by the corporation assisted in the prior fiscal year; (b) any proposed expansion of legal services delineated by type of service, target population and cost; and (c) the total number of indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents of the commonwealth who received services of the corporation, by type of case and geographic location; and provided further, that the corporation may contract with any organization for the purpose of providing the representation ......................................................................................................... $9,670,424

 

0321-2000           For the operation of the mental health legal advisors committee and for certain programs for the indigent mentally ill, as provided in section 34E of chapter 221 of the General Laws ....................................................... $773,248

 

0321-2100           For the Massachusetts correctional legal services committee......................................................... $840,000

 

0321-2205           For the expenses of the social law library located in Suffolk county .......................................... $2,129,671

 

Appeals Court.

 

0322-0100           For the appeals court, including the salaries, traveling allowances and expenses of the chief justice, recall judges and the associate justices ........................................................................................................................... $11,037,284

 

Trial Court.

 

0330-0101           For the salaries of the justices of the trial court; provided, that the chief justice for administration and management shall provide written notification to the house and senate committees on ways and means of any transfers of funds from this item to any other item of appropriation within 30 days of the transfer.................................. $49,330,206

 

0330-0300           For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court non-employee services, trial court dental and vision health plan agreement, jury expenses, trial court law libraries, statewide telecommunications, private and municipal court rental and leases, operation of courthouse facilities, witness fees, printing expenses, equipment maintenance and repairs, court interpreter program, and insurance and chargeback costs; provided, that funds may be expended for the judicial training institute; provided further, that the chief justice for administration and management shall expend funds for the purposes of acquiring, through a lease agreement, suitable space in the town of Belchertown for the district court of eastern Hampshire by October 1, 2008; provided further, that funds from this item or any other item shall not be expended for the cost associated with the district court of eastern Hampshire, unless said division is located in the town of Belchertown as of said date; provided further, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, that all criminal and civil business within the eastern Hampshire district court jurisdiction shall be conducted in the town of Belchertown as of said date; provided further, that the chief justice shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than September 1, 2007, detailing the status of said lease agreement; provided further, that 50 per cent of all fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15(d) and 30(c)(8) shall be paid from this item; provided further, that, notwithstanding section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the rights afforded to a veteran, pursuant to said section 9A of said chapter 30, shall also be afforded to any veteran, as so defined, who holds a trial court office or position in the service of the commonwealth not classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws, other than an elective office, an appointive office for a fixed term or an office or position under section 7 of said chapter 30, and who: (1) has held the office or position for not less than 1 year and (2) has 30 years of total creditable service to the commonwealth, as defined in chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the implementation of a changing lives through literature program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended from this item for a contract with Massachusetts General Hospital for a research program on abused children; provided further, that the trial court shall submit a report to the victim and witness assistance board detailing the amount of assessments imposed within each court by a justice or clerk-magistrate during the previous calendar year pursuant to section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of cases in which the assessment was reduced or waived by a judge or clerk-magistrate within the courts; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the victim and witness assistance board on or before January 14, 2008................................................................................................................ $134,412,460

 

0330-0317           For the operation and expenses of the Massachusetts sentencing commission, pursuant to chapter 211E of the General Laws....................................................................................................................................................... $236,975

 

0330-0410           For alternative dispute resolution services for the trial court; provided, that the services shall be made available, to the extent possible, in connection with child care, protection and custody proceedings in juvenile and probate courts; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Housing Services and Mediation Program operated by the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority in Pittsfield; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for North Central Court Services, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the North Shore Community Mediation Program in Salem; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for Metropolitan Mediation Services; provided further, that not less than $62,811 shall be expended for Mediation Works, Inc; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Quabbin Mediation in Athol; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Mediation and Training Collaborative of Franklin County in Greenfield; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for Framingham Court Mediation Services; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the Cape Cod Dispute Resolution Center; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc., of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Greater Brockton Center for Dispute Resolution; provided further, that not less than $48,031 shall be expended for the Somerville Mediation Program; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the Middlesex Multi-door Court House Program; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program; provided further, that not less than $42,737 shall be expended for Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. in the city of Springfield; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Community Mediation of Worcester            $962,768

0330-0441           For permanency mediation services in the probate and juvenile courts......................................... $540,000

 

0330-3200           For the court security program, including personnel and expenses; provided, that the chief justice for administration and management shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 31, 2008, detailing the number of court officers and security personnel located in each trial court of the commonwealth........................................................................................................................................................... $63,614,924

 

0330-3333           The chief justice for administration and management may expend an amount not to exceed $20,000,000 from fees charged and collected pursuant to section 3 of chapter 90C, chapter 185, section 22 of chapter 218 and sections 2, 4A, 4C, 39 and 40 of chapter 262 of the General Laws; provided, that the chief justice shall only expend or allocate funds from this item to the 7 departments of the trial court for the operation of the departments; provided further, that any expenditures or allocations shall be made in accordance with schedules submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before the expenditures or allocations are made; provided further, that said schedule detailing the full allotment of said $20,000,000 shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008; provided further, that the only revenue available for expenditure in this item for fiscal year 2008 shall be revenue collected from the fees in excess of the amount collected and deposited into the General Fund in fiscal year 2003 from the fees; provided further, that no  allocation shall occur until the schedules have been approved by the committees; provided further, that the fees shall continue to be transmitted to the treasurer for deposit into the General Fund before the expenditure authorized by this item; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the chief justice may incur expenses and the comptroller shall certify for payments amounts not to exceed the lower of one half of this authorization or the most-recent revenue estimate therefor, as reported in the state accounting system ........................................................................................................................ $20,000,000

 

0330-3334           The chief justice for administration and management may expend an amount not to exceed $20,000,000 from fees charged and collected pursuant to section 87A of chapter 276 of the General Laws; provided, that the chief justice shall expend or allocate funds from this item only to the district court and Boston municipal court departments of the trial court for the operation of those departments; provided further, that any expenditures or allocations shall be made in accordance with schedules submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before the expenditures or allocations are made; provided further, that said schedule detailing the full allotment of said $20,000,000 shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008; provided however, that the chief justice shall allocate or expend the funds authorized in this item in a manner that accounts for the individual district court’s compliance with section 13 of chapter 300 of the acts of 2002; and provided further, that the fees shall continue to be transmitted to the treasurer for deposit into the General Fund before the expenditure authorized by this item .................................................................................................................. $20,000,000

 

0330-3337       For additional expenses associated with the operation of the trial court; provided, that these funds may be transferred to  items of the trial court department by the chief justice of administration and management; and provided further, that any expenditures or allocations shall be made in accordance with schedules submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before the expenditures or allocations are made $20,457,323

 

Superior Court Department.

 

0331-0100           For the administrative office of the superior court department including costs associated with the administrative office of the superior court department and the 15 divisions of the superior court; provided, that, should departments, divisions, employees, services or functions of the Bristol superior court need to be relocated for any reason, including but not limited to the temporary relocation for the purposes of new courthouse construction or renovations, the relocation shall be limited to within ¼ mile radius of the downtown area of the city of Taunton........ $23,398,071

 

District Court Department.

 

0332-0100           For the office of the district court department, including a civil conciliation program and the 62 divisions of the district court; provided, that, should employees, services or functions of the Taunton district court need to be relocated for any reason, including but not limited to, the temporary relocation for the purposes of the new courthouse construction or renovations, that the relocation will be limited to within a ¼ mile radius of the city of Taunton $39,147,707

 

Probate and Family Court Department.

 

0333-0002           For the administrative office of the probate and family court department, the 14 divisions of the probate court, the operation of the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire family court clinic to be administratively located in the city of Springfield and to serve the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire divisions of the probate court, the Middlesex probate court family services clinic, the Norfolk probate court family services clinic and the Worcester probate court family services clinic; provided, that the probate and family court shall maintain a full-service office in the city of Taunton within a ¼ mile radius of the downtown area................................................ $21,080,726

 

Land Court Department.

 

0334-0001           For the operation of the land court ................................................................................................... $2,386,331

 

Boston Municipal Court Department.

 

0335-0001           For the operation of the Boston municipal court............................................................................. $7,733,802

 

Housing Court Department.

 

0336-0002           For the operation of the housing court department, including costs associated with the administrative office of the housing court department and the 5 divisions of the housing court....................................... $4,287,589

 

Juvenile Court Department.

 

0337-0002           For the administrative office of the juvenile court and the personnel and expenses associated with the expansion of the juvenile court, including Bristol, Barnstable, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire/Franklin, Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester and Nantucket/Dukes counties; provided, that $100,000 shall be expended on the CASA program in the Lawrence juvenile court; provided further, that $72,920 shall be expended for the CASA program in the Worcester juvenile court; provided further, that $72,920 shall be expended for the CASA program in the Plymouth county juvenile court; provided further, that $77,478 shall be expended for the Franklin/Hampshire CASA program, including Northampton, Greenfield, Orange and Ware district courts; provided further, that $54,690 shall be expended for a Berkshire CASA program in the Berkshire county juvenile court; and provided further, that $145,841 shall be expended for the CASA program in the Springfield juvenile court........................................ $11,565,822

 

Office of the Commissioner of Probation.

 

0339-1001           For the office of the commissioner of probation; provided, that, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the commissioner, subject to appropriation, shall have exclusive authority to appoint, dismiss, assign and discipline probation officers, associate probation officers, probation officers-in-charge, assistant chief probation officers and chief probation officers; provided further, that the associate probation officers shall only perform in-court functions and shall assume the in-court duties of the currently-employed probation officers, who shall be reassigned within the probation service subject to collective bargaining agreements to perform intensive, community-based supervision of probationers, including the provisions of intensive supervision and community restraint services as described in item 0339-1004; provided further that not less than $2,771,000 shall be expended for costs associated with full implementation of chapters 303 and 418 of the acts of 2006 to ensure effective supervision of probationers who are monitored through global positioning system bracelets; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this  item to cover the costs of building leases; provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, probation officer personnel and probation clerical support staff assigned to the courts shall be provided with suitable office space in their current location in and around the various divisions and departments of the trial court, as the case may be, or in suitable office space as appropriate, with the advice and consent of the commissioner; provided further, that there shall be 2 regional program managers funded from this item who shall be responsible for the oversight of the management and daily operation of the probation electronic monitoring program; provided further, that the office shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the department of revenue to verify income data and to  use the departments wage reporting and bank match system for the purpose of weekly tape-matching for the purposes of determining an individual’s eligibility for appointment of indigent counsel, as defined in chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that the office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the progress of eligibility verification with the department; and provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of individuals found to be  misrepresenting assets, revenue generated through collection of indigent client fees, the average indigent client fee that each court division collects per case since the effective date of this act, recommendations on improvements in verifying eligibility for counsel and other pertinent information to ascertain the effectiveness of verification........................................................................................................ $131,969,628

 

0339-1003           For the operation of the trial court office of community corrections, including the costs of personnel; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this  item to cover the costs of building leases....................... $5,984,033

 

0339-1004           For the cost of intensive supervision and community corrections programs; provided, that the programs shall include, but not be limited to, tracking, community service, educational assistance, drug and alcohol testing and treatment, curfew enforcement, home confinement, day reporting, means-tested fines, restitution and community incapacitation or restraint; provided further, that the number of placements in the programs shall not exceed a daily average goal of 5,000 intensively-supervised probationers; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended to cover the costs of the programs that are undertaken and administered by court probation offices and county sheriffs’ offices; provided further, that the funds shall be expended for the purpose of providing programs in Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that the executive director of the office of community corrections of the trial court shall enter into interagency service agreements and memoranda of understanding with the probation offices and sheriffs’ offices for the provision of the programs, including the contracting for detention space for probationers arrested for violating probation and awaiting court action and detention space for probationers who have been ordered by the trial court to be supervised at a higher level of restraint; provided further, that the agreements and memoranda shall be entered into at the direction of the executive director; provided further, that the executive director shall submit a spending and management plan for the programs to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 30, 2008; and provided further, that the plan shall include the projected number of probationers to be served by each program and include a description of the oversight and services provided to the probationers........................................................................................................................................................... $17,442,697

 

Office of the Jury Commissioner.

 

0339-2100           For the office of the jury commissioner in accordance with chapter 234A of the General Laws $2,610,457

 

Suffolk District Attorney.

 

0340-0100           For the Suffolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the domestic violence unit and the children’s advocacy center; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that not more than $125,000 shall be expended for a North Dorchester safe neighborhood initiative in Suffolk county; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for additional support of the Gun Prosecution Task Force, also known as the Gun Court; and provided further, that office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2008 detailing the number of cases prosecuted pursuant to the Gun Court............................................................................................................................. $16,075,834

 

0340-0101           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney’s office $384,537

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

 

Middlesex District Attorney.

 

0340-0200           For the Middlesex district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that not more than $200,000 shall be expended for a Community Justice Initiative; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by said office in calendar year  2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer........................................................................................................................... $12,605,911

 

0340-0201           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office $532,558

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

Eastern District Attorney.

 

0340-0300           For the Eastern district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of  how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008;  provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; and provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program................................................ $8,535,273

 

0340-0301           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Eastern district attorney’s office $497,389

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

 

Worcester District Attorney.

 

0340-0400           For the Worcester district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that $75,000 may be expended for financial criminal investigations; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer....................................................................................................................... “$8,535,103

 

0340-0401           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Worcester district attorney’s office $437,707

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

0340-0410           For the analyses of narcotic drug synthetic substitutes, poisons, drugs, medicines and chemicals at the University of Massachusetts medical school in order to support the law enforcement efforts of the district attorneys, the state police and municipal police departments..................................................................................................... $450,000

 

Hampden District Attorney.

 

0340-0500           For the Hampden district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer............................................................... $8,120,817

 

0340-0501           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office $358,881

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

Hampshire/Franklin District Attorney.

 

0340-0600           For the Hampshire/Franklin district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in said fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the salaries and expenses of a children’s advocacy project; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer $5,039,388

 

0340-0601           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampshire/Franklin district attorney’s office        $251,615

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

 

Norfolk District Attorney.

 

0340-0700           For the Norfolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer .............................................................. $8,317,136

0340-0701           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Norfolk district attorney’s office $463,770

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

Plymouth District Attorney.

 

0340-0800           For the Plymouth district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer .............................................................. $6,705,316

 

0340-0801           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Plymouth district attorney’s office $378,832

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

 

Bristol District Attorney.

 

0340-0900           For the Bristol district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the purpose of establishing a pilot program for the provision of classroom- based educational programs in schools within Bristol county to prevent relationship violence and to be administered by the Bristol county district attorney................................................................................................................... $7,137,953

 

0340-0901           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Bristol district attorney’s office $354,165

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

Cape and Islands District Attorney.

 

0340-1000           For the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that $125,000 shall be expended to support the sex offender management unit; provided further, that 2 prosecutors and administrative support shall be provided to the Cape Cod offender management task force; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that not more than $20,000 be expended for Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Cove in Hyannis; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer ... $3,644,512

 

0340-1001           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office            $302,521

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

 

Berkshire District Attorney.

 

0340-1100           For the Berkshire district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, summarizing the number and types of criminal cases managed or prosecuted by the office in calendar year 2007 and the disposition or status thereof, which shall be delineated by each jurisdiction of the district, juvenile, probate or superior court in which the cases were managed or prosecuted; provided further, that 50 per cent of fees payable pursuant to Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15 (d) and 30 (c)(8) for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2008, detailing the office’s use of drug forfeiture funds collected pursuant to chapter 94C of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of the funds deposited into the office’s special law enforcement trust fund in fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007; (b) a description of how the funds were used in those fiscal years; and (c) the balance of the trust fund as of January 1, 2008; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the operation and management of the Berkshire county drug task force; provided further, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008, detailing the total number and use of private attorneys participating in any volunteer prosecutor program; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the total number of personnel from private law firms participating in the program; (2) the name and address of the law firms; (3) the duties performed by the personnel; and (4) the benefits and cost savings associated with the program; provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $37,500; and provided further, that at least 30 days before transferring any funds authorized in this item from the AA object class, the district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of its intention to make that transfer ....................... $3,548,856

 

0340-1101           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Berkshire district attorney’s office $140,984

General Fund....................................................................................... 11.80%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 88.20%

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS’ ASSOCIATION.

 

0340-2100           For the operation of the Massachusetts District Attorneys’ Association, including the implementation and related expenses of the district attorneys’ office automation and case management and tracking system; provided, that expenses associated with the system may be charged directly to this item; provided further, that the 11 district attorneys of the commonwealth may contribute a portion of their fiscal year 2008 appropriation to the Massachusetts District Attorneys’ Association in order to alleviate the cost of the case management and tracking system as well as the cost of data lines associated with the district attorney’s computer network; provided further, that each district attorney shall submit a report to the Massachusetts District Attorneys’ Association and the house and senate committees on ways and means delineating all funds expended for the purpose of implementing the case management and tracking system not later than January 30, 2008; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the total cost of the district attorneys’ computer network, the total cost incurred by each district attorney’s office, a detailed list of all hardware and software leased, owned or operated by each district attorney, a plan for purchases to be made in the remainder of fiscal year 2008 and a detailed summary of policies implemented to contain the costs of the network by either the Massachusetts District Attorneys’ Association or the individual district attorneys’ offices; provided further, that expenditures shall not be made, on or after the effective date of this act which would cause the commonwealth’s obligation for the purpose of this item to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; and provided further, that the association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways an means not later than January 31, 2008 detailing, by district attorney office, all sources of revenue, including, but not limited to, federal and state grants that were received in fiscal year 2007, and the amount of each source of revenue…..$1,785,056.

 

0340-8908           For the costs associated with maintaining the association’s wide area network....................... $1,342,463

 

EXECUTIVE.

 

0411-1000           For the offices of the governor, the lieutenant governor and the governor’s council; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item may be used at the discretion of the governor for the payment of extraordinary expenses not otherwise provided for and for transfer to appropriation accounts where the amounts otherwise available may be insufficient; provided further, that funds may be expended for the governor’s commission on mental retardation; and provided further, that the advisory council on Alzheimer diseases and related disorders, as established in the office of the governor by section 379 of chapter 194 of the acts of 1998 and section 80 of chapter 236 of the acts of 2000, shall continue during fiscal year 2008 .................................................................................................... $5,564,771

 

0411-1001           For the operation of the development coordinating council............................................................ $246,720

 

0411-1002           For a contract with the Massachusetts Service Alliance to operate the commonwealth corps program $3,000,000

 

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

 

0511-0000           For the operation of the office of the secretary; provided, that the office shall submit a report detailing staffing patterns for each program operated by the office; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, actual and functional job titles by program and compensation rates and lengths of service for each employee; provided further, that the office shall submit the report not later than January 31, 2008, to the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that the secretary may transfer funds between items 0540-0900, 0540-1000, 0540-1100, 0540-1200, 0540-1300, 0540-1400, 0540-1500, 0540-1600, 0540-1700, 0540-1800, 0540-1900, 0540-2000 and 0540-2100 pursuant to an allocation schedule filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before the transfer; provided further, that each register of deeds using electronic record books shall ensure that all methods of electronically recording instruments conform to any regulation or standard established by the state secretary or the records conservation board; and provided further, that those regulations shall be  issued not later than June 30, 2008...................................................................................................................................... $7,040,894

 

0511-0001           The state secretary may expend revenues not to exceed $30,000 from the sale of merchandise at the Massachusetts state house gift shop for the purpose of replenishing and restocking gift shop inventory............... $30,000

 

0511-0108           The state secretary, acting on behalf of the commonwealth, may sell, transfer or license the division of corporations’ software and related documents pertaining to its web-based searching and filing applications, including uniform commercial code software, developed by the department of the secretary and copyrighted by it to other states, multi-state or regional associations or other sovereign governments on such terms or conditions as, in his sole discretion, reasonably compensates the commonwealth for its interests; provided, that the secretary may retain and expend revenues collected from the sales, licensure or user agreements in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for technical activities of the corporations division, the remainder to be deposited in the General Fund; provided further, that the secretary may also provide web hosting, and on-going support and maintenance to other states, provinces or territories of Canada relative to their UCC and corporate applications; and provided further, that the department of the state secretary may accept credit and debit cards from individuals and corporations filing documents with the department.............................................................................................................................................. $50,000

 

0511-0200           For the operation of the state archives division................................................................................. $550,353

 

0511-0230           For the operation of the records center................................................................................................ $156,738

 

0511-0250           For the operation of the archives facility............................................................................................. $477,003

 

0511-0260           For the operation of the commonwealth museum............................................................................... $198,071

 

0511-0270           The state secretary may contract with the UMass Donahue Institute to provide the commonwealth with technical assistance on US census data and to prepare annual population estimates............................. $600,000

 

0511-0420           For the operation of the address confidentiality program................................................................. $113,269

 

0517-0000           For the printing of public documents................................................................................................... $908,733

 

0521-0000           For the operation of the elections division, including preparation, printing and distribution of ballots and for other miscellaneous expenses for primary and other elections; provided, that the state secretary may award grants for voter registration and education in the cities of Boston, Springfield, Lawrence and Worcester; provided further, that the registration and education activities may be conducted by community-based voter registration and education organizations; and provided further, that the secretary shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 31, 2008, detailing the amount appropriated for the purposes of providing reimbursements for the costs of extended polling hours from this item to each city or town $3,676,647

 

0521-0001           For the operation of the central voter registration computer system; provided, that an annual report detailing voter registration activity shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before January 31, 2008............................................................................................................................................... $4,865,473

 

0524-0000           For providing information to voters..................................................................................................... $583,744

 

0526-0100           For the operation of the Massachusetts historical commission .................................................. $1,020,948

 

0527-0100           For the operation of the ballot law commission.................................................................................... $12,380

 

0528-0100           For the operation of the records conservation board.......................................................................... $39,459

 

0540-0900           For the registry of deeds located in Lawrence in the former county of Essex............................ $1,289,092

 

0540-1000           For the registry of deeds located in Salem in the former county of Essex................................... $2,899,846

 

0540-1100           For the registry of deeds in the former county of Franklin............................................................... $581,706

 

0540-1200           For the registry of deeds in the former county of Hampden.......................................................... $2,202,485

 

0540-1300           For the registry of deeds in the former county of Hampshire........................................................... $608,341

 

0540-1400           For the registry of deeds located in Lowell in the former county of Middlesex......................... $1,412,945

 

0540-1500           For the registry of deeds located in Cambridge in the former county of Middlesex.................. $3,631,756

 

0540-1600           For the registry of deeds located in Adams in the former county of Berkshire............................. $319,742

 

0540-1700           For the registry of deeds located in Pittsfield in the former county of Berkshire.......................... $563,870

 

0540-1800           For the registry of deeds located in Great Barrington in the former county of Berkshire............ $269,234

 

0540-1900           For the registry of deeds in the former county of Suffolk.............................................................. $2,312,250

 

0540-2000           For the registry of deeds located in Fitchburg in the former county of Worcester...................... $796,380

 

0540-2100           For the registry of deeds located in the city of Worcester in the former county of Worcester “$2,743,416

 

TREASURER AND RECEIVER-GENERAL.

Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General.

 

0610-0000           For the office of the treasurer and receiver-general; provided, that the treasurer shall provide computer services required by the teachers’ retirement board; provided further, that not less than $37,000 shall be granted to the elder advocacy organization known as the Silver-Haired Legislature; provided further, that the treasurer’s office shall submit a report to the victim and witness assistance board which details the amount of assessments transmitted to the treasurer during the previous calendar year on a monthly basis from the courts, the registrar of motor vehicles and the sheriff or superintendent of any correctional facility pursuant to section 8 of chapter 258B; provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the board on or before January 31, 2008; provided further, that up to $3,600,000 may be expended for the payment of bank fees; and provided further, that the treasurer’s office shall pay half of the administrative costs of the municipal finance oversight board from this item............................................................... $11,132,804

General Fund...................................................................................... 90.0%

Highway Fund.................................................................................... 10.0%

 

0610-0050           For the administration of the alcoholic beverages control commission in its efforts to regulate and control the conduct and condition of traffic in alcoholic beverages; provided, that the commission shall maintain at least 1 chief investigator and other investigators for the purpose of regulating and controlling the traffic of alcoholic beverages; provided further, that the commission shall work and cooperate with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms division of the United States Department of Justice and other relevant federal agencies to assist in its efforts to regulate and control the traffic of alcoholic beverages; provided further, that the commission shall seek out matching federal dollars and apply for federal grants that may be available to assist in the enforcement of laws pertaining to the traffic of alcoholic beverages; provided further, that not more than $350,000 may be expended for the costs associated with the investigation and enforcement division of the alcoholic beverages control commission’s implementation of the enhanced liquor enforcement programs, known as Safe Campus, Safe Holidays, Safe Prom and Safe Summer; provided further, that funds from this appropriation shall not support other operating costs of this item; and provided further, that the commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2008, on the results of the programs........................................................................................................ $2,259,139

 

0610-0140           For funding administrative, transactional and research expenses associated with maintaining and increasing the interest earnings on the Commonwealth’s General and Stabilization Fund investments......................... $25,000

 

0610-2000           For payments made to veterans pursuant to section 16 of chapter 130 of the acts of 2005; provided, that the office of the state treasurer may expend not more than $150,000 for costs incurred in the administration of these payments; and provided further, that funds available in fiscal year 2007 shall be available for expenditure until June 30, 2008 $5,159,080

 

0611-1010           For the cost of life insurance premiums for National Guard members pursuant to section 88B of chapter 33 of the General Laws.................................................................................................................................................... $1,700,000

 

0611-1000           For bonus payments to war veterans..................................................................................................... $50,000

 

0611-5500           For additional assistance to cities and towns to be distributed according to section 3 and for assistance to certain public entities of the commonwealth which have constructed water pollution abatement facilities; provided, that the distribution to the public entities shall equal $1,249,948; and provided further, that if there is a conflict between the provisions of the distribution set forth in section 3 and any other provisions of this act, the distribution set forth in section 3 shall control.................................................................................................................. $379,767,936

 

0611-5510           For reimbursements to cities and towns instead of taxes on state-owned land pursuant to sections 13 to 17, inclusive, of chapter 58 of the General Laws..................................................................................................... $28,300,000

 

0611-5800           For distribution to each city and town within which racing meetings are  conducted pursuant to section 18D of chapter 58 of the General Laws.......................................................................................................................... $2,000,000

 

Pension Benefits.

 

0612-0105           For payment of the public safety employee killed in the line of duty benefit authorized by section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws.................................................................................................................................. $500,000

 

Commission on Firefighters’ Relief.

 

0620-0000           For financial assistance to injured firefighters........................................................................................ $9,808

 

Lottery Commission.

 

0640-0000           For the operation of the state lottery commission and arts lottery; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for any costs associated with the promotion or advertising of lottery games; provided further, that not later than November 15, 2007, the treasurer shall submit a report to the secretary of administration and finance and the chairpersons of the house and senate ways and means committees on the feasibility of incorporating a factor in the lottery distribution formula to account for statewide variances in lottery sales in each community; provided further, that the state lottery commission will perform a study of programs to ensure responsible gaming habits for consumers; provided further, that the commission shall provide results of the study to the chairpersons of the house and senate ways and means committees not later than December 31, 2007;  provided further, that positions funded by this item shall not be subject to chapters 30 and 31 of the General Laws; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated herein shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery Fund to the General Fund $80,970,610

 

0640-0005           For the costs associated with the continued implementation of the monitoring of games; provided, that any sums expended on promotional activities shall be limited to point-of-sale promotions and agent newsletters; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery fund to the General Fund................................................................................................................. $1,293,311

 

0640-0010           For the promotional activities associated with the state lottery program; provided, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery Fund to the General Fund ........................................................................................................................................................... $10,000,000

 

0640-0013           For the costs of the anti-litter program; provided, that the lottery commission may continue to develop regional environmental awareness events to limit the number of discarded instant tickets that become litter; provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery Fund to the General Fund ....................................................................................................................................... $100,000

 

0640-0096           For the purpose of the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2008 contributions to the health and welfare fund established pursuant to the collective-bargaining agreement between the lottery commission and the service employees international union, Local 254, AFL-CIO; provided, that the contributions shall be paid to the trust fund on such basis as the collective bargaining agreement provides; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery Fund to the General Fund ...... $355,945

 

MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL.

 

0640-0300           For the services and operations of the Massachusetts cultural council, including grants to, or contracts with, public and non-public entities; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the council may expend the amounts herein appropriated for the purposes of the council, as provided in sections 52 to 58, inclusive, of chapter 10 of the General Laws, in amounts and at times as the council may determine, pursuant to section 54 of said chapter 10; provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated herein shall be transferred quarterly from the Arts Lottery Fund to the General Fund; provided further, that any funds expended from this item for the benefit of schoolchildren shall be expended for the benefit of all Massachusetts schoolchildren and on the same terms and conditions; provided further, that the council shall not expend funds from this item for any grant or contract recipient that, in any program or activity for Massachusetts schoolchildren, does not apply the same terms and conditions to all such schoolchildren; provided further, that not more than $1,000,000 of the funds appropriated herein shall be used to assist cultural organizations in augmenting or initiating endowments to promote the financial stability of the organizations and the assistance shall be in the form of challenge grants to the organizations; provided further, that in order to receive a grant, a cultural organization shall raise an amount at least equal to the amount of the grant for the organization’s endowment; provided further, that funds provided by the grants shall, in perpetuity, be used solely to provide free or reduced rate public programs or services to citizens of the commonwealth; provided further, that a grant made under this program shall not exceed $100,000; provided further, that a person employed under this item shall be considered an employee within the meaning of section 1 of chapter 150E of the General Laws and shall be placed in the appropriate bargaining unit; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be allocated to increase the Local Cultural Council Grant Program to provide for a minimum grant of $4,000 per municipality; and provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended to establish the Cultural Tourism Initiative under the Massachusetts cultural council, which shall provide matching funds for marketing programs created through regional or local partnerships between tourism professional and non-profit cultural organizations through 4 pilot programs to be created in 4 different regions of the state......................................................................................................................... $12,268,059

 

Debt Service.

 

0699-0015           For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain bonded debt and the sale of bonds of the commonwealth, previously charged to the Local Aid Fund, the State Recreation Areas Fund, the Metropolitan Parks District Fund, the Metropolitan Water District Fund, the Metropolitan Sewerage District Fund, the Watershed Management Fund, the Highway Fund and the Inter-City Bus Fund; provided, that payments of certain serial bonds maturing previously charged to the Local Aid Fund, the State Recreation Areas Fund, the Metropolitan Water District Fund, the Metropolitan Sewerage District Fund and the Highway Fund shall be paid from this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state treasurer may make payments pursuant to section 38C of chapter 29 of the General Laws from this item and item 0699-9100; provided further, that the payments shall pertain to the bonds, notes or other obligations authorized to be paid from each item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller may transfer the amounts that would otherwise be unexpended on June 30, 2008, from item 0699-0015 to item 0699-9100 or from item 0699-9100 to item 0699-0015 which would otherwise have insufficient amounts to meet debt service obligations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008; provided further, that each amount transferred shall be charged to the funds as specified in the item to which the amount is transferred; provided further, that payments on bonds issued pursuant to section 2O of chapter 29 of the General Laws shall be paid from this item and shall be charged to the Infrastructure sub-fund of the Highway Fund; provided further, that payments of interest, discount and principal on certain bonded debt of the commonwealth associated with the Watershed Management Fund for the acquisition of development rights and other interests in land, including fee simple acquisitions of watershed lands of the Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs and the Ware river watershed above the Ware river intake pipe, shall be paid from this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary or other provisions of this item, the comptroller may charge the payments authorized herein to the appropriate budgetary or other fund subject to a plan which the comptroller shall file 10 days in advance with the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that the comptroller shall transfer from this item to the Government Land Bank Fund an amount equal to the amount by which debt service charged to said Fund exceeds revenue deposited to said Fund........................................ $1,762,906,000

General Fund....................................................................................... 68.07%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 31.93%

 

0699-2004           For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness which may be incurred for financing the central artery/third harbor tunnel funding shortfall................................................................ $112,596,000

Highway Fund................................................................................... 100.0%

 

0699-9100           For the payment of interest and issuance costs on bonds and bond and revenue anticipation notes and other notes pursuant to sections 47 and 49B of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided, that the treasurer shall certify to the comptroller a schedule of the distribution of costs among the various funds of the commonwealth; provided further, that the comptroller shall charge costs to the funds in accordance with the schedule; and provided further, that any deficit in this item at the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or Highway Fund debt service reserves............................................................. $16,950,000

 

0699-9101           For the purpose of depositing with the trustee under the trust agreement authorized in section 10B of chapter 11 of the acts of 1997 an amount to be used to pay the interest due on notes of the commonwealth issued pursuant to section 9 of said chapter 11 and secured by the Federal Highway Grant Anticipation Note Trust Fund $53,464,000

 

STATE AUDITOR.

Office of the State Auditor.

 

0710-0000        For the office of the state auditor, including the review and monitoring of privatization contracts in accordance with sections 52 to 55, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws and shared oversight of the central artery/third harbor tunnel project…                                                                                                 $15,669,516

 

0710-0100           For the operation of the division of local mandates .......................................................................... $623,699

 

0710-0200           For the operation of the bureau of special investigations; provided, that the office shall file quarterly reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total amount of fraudulently obtained benefits identified by the bureau of special investigations of the office of the state auditor, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections, and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections ............................................................................................................................................................. $1,852,697

 

0710-0225           For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations in an effort to prevent and to identify fraud and abuse in the MassHealth system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this line item shall not be less than 50 per cent; and provided further, that the division shall submit a  report not later than December 1, 2007, to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the MassHealth system.......................................................................... $655,434

 

Office of the Attorney General.

 

0810-0000           For the office of the attorney general, including the administration of the local consumer aid fund, the operation of the anti-trust division, all regional offices, a high-tech crime unit and the victim and witness compensation program; provided, that the victim and witness compensation program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary for administration and finance a report detailing the claims submitted to the state treasurer for payment under item 0810-0004 indicating both the number and costs for each category of claim; provided further, that not more than $320,000 shall be expended for predatory lending and consumer credit units; provided further, that not more than $355,000 shall be expended for a health care division; provided further, that not more than $300,000 shall be expended for a victim witness rights services unit; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the United Teen Equality Center; provided further, that not more than $250,000 shall be expended for a grants program for the safe neighborhood initiative-jobs for youth program; provided further, that not more than $250,000 shall be expended for a safe neighborhood initiative program in the Grove Hall area of Boston; provided further, that not more than $250,000 shall be expended from the funds appropriated in this item for a safe neighborhood initiative pilot program in the Bowdoin/Geneva area of the Dorchester section of the city of Boston and in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that the public proceedings unit shall review the water rate increases; provided further, that not more than $240,000 shall be expended for the operation of a child protection unit; provided further, that funds may be expended for the commission on uniform state laws; provided further, that not more than $200,000 shall be provided for the Dorchester Youth Collaborative; and provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley; and provided further, that not less than $180,000 shall be expended to provide culturally competent education and training to law enforcement, labor organizers and workers and community service providers on the issue of human trafficking............................................................................................................................. $26,885, 871

 

0810-0004           For compensation to victims of violent crimes; provided, that notwithstanding chapter 258C of the General Laws, if a claimant is 60 years of age or older at the time of the crime and is not employed or receiving unemployment compensation, such claimant shall be eligible for compensation in accordance with said chapter 258C even if the claimant has suffered no out-of-pocket loss; provided further, that compensation to such claimant shall be limited to a maximum of $50; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, victims of the crime of rape shall be notified of all available services designed to assist rape victims including, but not limited to, the provisions outlined in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws ................................... $2,156,000

 

0810-0007           For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the attorney general; provided, that costs associated with those officers shall not be funded from item 8100-0007; and provided further, that expenditures shall not be made on or after the effective date of this act which would cause the commonwealth’s obligation for the purpose of this item to exceed the amount appropriated in this item................................................................................... $541,201

Highway Fund ...................................................................................  88.20%

General Fund .....................................................................................  11.80%

 

0810-0013           For a false claims program the office of the attorney general may expend an amount not to exceed $450,000 from revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims act;  provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system………………………………………....................................................................................... $450,000

 

0810-0014           For the operation of the department of telecommunications and energy proceedings unit, pursuant to section 11E of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that not withstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed under said section 11E of said chapter 12 of the General Laws, shall equal the amount expended from this item; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the expenses of legal and technical personnel and associated administrative and travel expenses relative to participation in regulatory proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of  Massachusetts ratepayers................ $1,611,700

 

0810-0021           For the operation of the Medicaid fraud control unit; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 75 per cent of the expenditure; provided further, that not less than $225,000 shall continue to be used specifically for the investigation and prosecution of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation based on referrals from the department of public health pursuant to section 72H of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that the unit shall provide training for all investigators of the department’s division of health care quality responsible for the investigations on a periodic basis pursuant to a comprehensive training program to be developed by the division and the unit; and provided further, that training shall include instruction on techniques for improving the efficiency and quality of investigations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation pursuant to said section 72H of said chapter 111........................................................................ $2,727,105

 

0810-0045           For the labor law enforcement program pursuant to subsection (b) of section 1 of chapter 23 of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a non-management position funded by this item shall be considered a job title in a collective bargaining unit as prescribed by the labor relations commission and shall be subject to chapter 150E of the General Laws................................................................. $3,558,786

 

0810-0201           For the costs incurred in administrative or judicial proceedings on insurance, as authorized by section 11F of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that funds made available in this item may be used to supplement the automobile insurance fraud unit and the workers’ compensation fraud unit of the office of the attorney general; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for the costs shall be equal to the amount expended from this item .............................................................................. $1,389,979

 

0810-0338           For the investigation and prosecution of automobile insurance fraud; provided, that notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 399 of the acts of 1991, the amount assessed pursuant to said section 3 for the cost of this program shall be $432,026 ................................................................................................................................................................ $432,026

 

0810-0399           For the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud; provided, that notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 399 of the acts of 1991, the amount assessed pursuant to said section 3 for the cost of this program shall be $280,164; provided further, that the attorney general shall investigate and prosecute, where appropriate, employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance in accordance with the laws of the commonwealth; and provided further, that the unit shall investigate and report on all companies not in compliance with chapter 152 of the General Laws....................................................................................................................................................... $280,164

 

Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

 

0840-0100           For the operation of the victim and witness assistance board; provided, that the board shall submit a comprehensive report compiled from the information required of and submitted to the office by the trial court, the registry of motor vehicles and the state treasurer relative to the collection of assessments for the previous calendar year under section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before February 15, 2008 ................................................ $521,213

 

0840-0101           For the salaries and administration of the safeplan advocacy program, to be administered by the Massachusetts office of victim assistance; provided, that the office shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than February 3, 2008, a report detailing the effectiveness of contracting for the program, including, but not limited to, the number and types of incidents to which the advocates responded, the types of services and service referrals provided by the domestic violence advocates, the cost of providing such services and the extent of coordination with other service providers and state agencies..................................................................................... $780,116

 

STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.

 

0900-0100           For the operation of the state ethics commission............................................................................ $1,617,734

 

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

 

0910-0200           For the operation of the office of the inspector general................................................................. $2,766,695

 

0910-0210           The office of the inspector general may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $300,000 from the fees charged to participants in the Massachusetts public purchasing official certification program and the certified public manager program for the operation of such programs; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipts of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office of the inspector general may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................................... $300,000

 

OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN AND POLITICAL FINANCE.

 

0920-0300           For the operation of the office of campaign and political finance ................................................ $1,193,985

 

MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.

 

0940-0100           For the office of the commission, including the processing and resolution of cases pending before the commission that were filed on or before July 1, 2004; provided, that on or before November 1, 2007, the commission shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on the total number of all currently pending cases and the total number of the cases in the investigation, conciliation, post-probable cause and pre-public hearing and post-hearing stages; provided further, that the commission shall file an update of the report with the committees on or before March 1, 2008; provided further, that the commission shall identify in the reports the number of cases in which the commission has determined there is probable cause to believe that a violation of chapter 151B of the General Laws has been committed in a case in which the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is named as a respondent; provided further, that the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, on or before November 1, 2007, the number of cases pending before the commission in which a state agency or state authority is named as a respondent, specifying those cases in which the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is named as a respondent, and the number of the cases in which there is probable cause to believe that a violation of said chapter 151B has been committed; provided further, that the commission shall include in the report the total number of new cases filed in fiscal year 2007 and the total number of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that funds made available in this item shall be in addition to funds available in item 0940-0101; provided further, that all positions, except clerical, shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws; and provided further, that the commission shall pursue the highest allowable rate of federal reimbursement $2,287,160

 

0940-0101           The Massachusetts commission against discrimination may expend not more than $1,920,010 from revenues from federal reimbursements received for the purposes of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development fair housing type 1 program and the equal opportunity resolution contract program during fiscal year 2008 and federal reimbursements received for these and other programs in prior years; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commission may also expend revenues generated through the collection of fees and costs so authorized; and provided further, that for the purposes of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.................................................................................................................. $1,920,010

 

0940-0102           The Massachusetts commission against discrimination may expend not more than $27,500 from revenues collected from fees charged for the training and certification of diversity trainers for the operation of the discrimination prevention certification program............................................................................................................................. $27,500

 

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER.

 

1000-0001           For the office of the state comptroller for the purpose and cost of compliance with the Single Audit Act of 1984, Public Law 89-502, and for the federally-required comprehensive, statewide single audit of state operations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; provided, that the office of the comptroller shall charge other items of appropriation for the cost of the audit from allocated federal funds transferred from federal reimbursement and grant receipts; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall charge not more than a total of $750,000 to other items of appropriation for the cost of the audit; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, allocated federal funds transferred from federal reimbursement and grant receipts shall be retained and expended from a separate item without further appropriation, in addition to state funds appropriated to this item, for the cost of compliance with the mandate of the federal law and the office of management and budget regulations; provided further, that the amount of any such federal funds and grant receipts so credited and expended from this item shall be reported to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the comptroller shall maintain a special federal and non-tax revenue unit which shall operate under policies and procedures developed in conjunction with the secretary for administration and finance; provided further, that the comptroller shall provide quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means, which shall include for each state agency for which the commonwealth is billing, the eligible state services and the full-year estimate of revenues and revenues collected; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall deduct an amount of $1,000 from any item of appropriation in section 2 of this act in which a reporting requirement is stipulated within said item and which report is not filed within 10 days of the stated due date; provided further, that any and all amounts deducted shall be deposited in the General Fund and the comptroller shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means of any and all amounts so deducted; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller may enter into contracts with private vendors to identify and pursue cost avoidance opportunities for programs of the commonwealth and to enter into interdepartmental service agreements with state agencies, as applicable, for said purpose; provided further, that said notification shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the project, the purpose and intent of the interdepartmental service agreement, a projection of the costs avoided in the current fiscal year, a copy of the contract with the private vendor, including the proposed rate of compensation and any previous agreements related to, or similar to, the new agreement with the above information; provided further, that payments to private vendors on account of such cost avoidance projects shall be made only from such actual cost savings as have been certified in writing to the house and senate committees on ways and means by the comptroller and the budget director as attributable to such cost avoidance projects; provided further, that the comptroller may establish such procedures in consultation with the budget director and the affected departments as he considers appropriate and necessary to accomplish the purpose of this section; and provided further, that the comptroller shall report on said projects as a part of his annual report pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws ................... $8,814,316

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE.

Office of the Secretary.

 

1100-1100           For the office of the secretary and the administration of the fiscal affairs division; provided, that the secretary shall conduct an ongoing review of affirmative action steps taken by the various agencies, boards, departments, commissions or divisions to determine whether such agencies, boards, departments, commissions or divisions are complying with the commonwealth’s policies of non-discrimination and equal opportunity; provided further, that whenever non-compliance is determined by the secretary, the secretary shall hold a public hearing on the matter and report her resulting recommendations to the head of the particular agency, board, department, commission or division, to the governor and to the Massachusetts commission against discrimination; provided further, that the secretary shall report on the status of each agency, board, department, commission or division receiving monies under this act, including supplemental and deficiency budgets, as to compliance or non-compliance with affirmative action policies to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on public service and the joint committee on commerce and labor on or before December 1, 2007; provided further, that agencies within the executive office may, with the prior approval of the secretary, streamline and improve administrative operations pursuant to interdepartmental service agreements; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance in conjunction with the trial court, the executive office of health and human services, the division of capital asset management and maintenance, the bureau of state office buildings and the division of energy resources, shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means concerning the commonwealth's energy costs, which shall include, but not be limited to: (a) energy consumption and costs incurred by commonwealth-owned or operated facilities, including the state house, state office buildings, hospitals, courthouses, correction facilities and  related properties, (b) cost saving initiatives relating to energy consumption and procurement, (c) the energy consumption and costs for all vehicles operated by the commonwealth and its subsidiary secretariats and agencies, and (d) the current status of the state’s energy infrastructure and plans for either replacement or conversion of existing systems; provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than January 25, 2008; and provided further, that the budget director shall report on a quarterly basis to the house and senate committees on ways and means the status of all cost avoidance projects which are undertaken pursuant to item 1000-0001....................................................................... $3,826,821

 

1100-2010  For the purposes of establishing an administrative records list in accordance with section 53A………………………..……………………….…..$200,000

 

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

 

1102-3205           The division may expend for the maintenance and operation of the Massachusetts information technology center an amount not to exceed $7,648,500 in revenues collected from rentals, commissions, fees, parking fees and any and all other sources pertaining to the operations of said center; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, and for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system    $7,648,500

 

1102-3214           For the state transportation building; provided, that the division may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $7,600,000 from rentals, commissions, fees, parking fees and from any and all other sources pertaining to the operation of the state transportation building for the maintenance and operation of the building; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system $7,600,000

 

1102-3231           For the Springfield state office building; provided, that the division may expend not more than $850,000 in revenues from rents charged to agencies occupying the building for the maintenance and operation of the building; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system    $850,000

 

1102-3232           For the division of capital asset maintenance and management; provided, that the division may expend not more than $300,000 received from application fees charged in conjunction with the certification of contractors and subcontractors pursuant to section 44D of chapter 149 of the General Laws; and provided further, that only expenses, including staffing, incurred to implement and operate the certification program shall be funded from this item $300,000

 

Bureau of State Office Buildings.

 

1102-3301           For the operation of the bureau and for the maintenance and operation of buildings under the jurisdiction of the state superintendent of buildings; provided, that the bureau shall retain jurisdiction over all contracts, purchases and payments for materials and services required in the operation of the bureau........................ $6,440,277

 

1102-3302           For the purposes of utility costs and associated contracts for the properties managed by the bureau of state office buildings............................................................................................................................................ $7,323,626

 

1102-3306           For the maintenance and joint operation of the state house under the jurisdiction of the state superintendent of state office buildings and the legislature’s joint committee on rules; provided, that the bureau shall work in coordination with the house of representatives and the senate relative to the maintenance, repair, purchases and payments for materials and services.......................................................................................................................................... $750,000

 

1102-3307           For state house accessibility coordination, including communications access to public hearings and meetings  $239,000

 

1107-2400           For the office on disability..................................................................................................................... $724,977

 

Disabled Persons Protection Commission.

 

1107-2501           For the disabled persons protection commission; provided, that the commission shall facilitate compliance by the department of mental health and the department of mental retardation with uniform investigative standards; provided further, that the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than the last day of each quarter on the number of claims of abuse by caretakers made by employees or contracted service employees of the departments of mental retardation and mental health and the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; provided further, that the report shall include: (i) the number of claims found to be substantiated; (ii) the number of claims found to be unsubstantiated; and (iii) the number of claims found to be falsely reported as a result of intentional and malicious action; and provided further, that the commission shall ensure that all calls received by the commission’s 24-hour hotline are capable of being recorded, that all persons who call the hotline are immediately informed that all calls are routinely recorded and that each such person is provided with the opportunity to elect that the call not be recorded................................................................................................................... $1,988,247

 

Civil Service Commission.

 

1108-1011           For the civil service commission; provided, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed for the appropriation herein through a fee charged on a per claim basis; provided further, that the commission shall develop and implement regulations to implement reimbursement to the General Fund; and provided further, that the civil service commission shall have the power to assess a fee upon the appointing authority when inappropriate action has occurred  $512,366

 

Group Insurance Commission.

 

1108-5100           For the administration of the group insurance commission; provided, that the commission shall generate the maximum amounts allowable under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, as amended, and from reimbursements allowed by sections 8, 10B, 10C and 12 of chapter 32A of the General Laws $3,047,718

 

1108-5200           For the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium and plan costs incurred in fiscal year 2008; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, funds in this item shall not be available during the accounts-payable period of fiscal year 2008, and any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2008; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall charge the division of unemployment assistance and other departments, authorities, agencies and divisions, which have federal or other funds allocated to them for this purpose, for that portion of insurance premiums and plan costs as the secretary determines should be borne by such funds, and shall notify the comptroller of the amounts to be transferred, after similar determination, from the several state or other funds and amounts received in payment of all such charges or such transfers shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for the commonwealth’s share of group insurance premium and plan costs provided to the employees and retirees in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the group insurance commission shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means the amounts expended from this item for prior year costs; provided further, that the group insurance commission shall obtain reimbursement for premium and administrative expenses from other agencies and authorities not funded by state appropriation; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may charge all agencies for the commonwealth’s share of the health insurance costs incurred on behalf of any employees of those agencies who are on leave of absence for a period of more than 1 year; provided further, that the amounts received in payment for the charges shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that notwithstanding section 26 of chapter 29 of the General Laws, the commission may negotiate, purchase and execute contracts before July 1 of each year for policies of group insurance as authorized by chapter 32A of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding chapter 150E of the General Laws and as provided in section 8 of chapter 32A and for the purposes of section 14 of chapter 32A, the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium for state employees who have retired before July 1, 1994, shall be 90 per cent and the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium for state employees who have retired on or after July 1, 1994, shall be 85 per cent; provided further, that the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium for active employees upon retirement shall be 85 per cent; provided further, that the commonwealth’s share of the premiums for active state employees and their dependents shall be 85 per cent; provided further, that the commonwealth’s share of the premiums for active state employees hired after June 30, 2003, and their dependents shall be 80 per cent; provided further, that the commission shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means by March 15 of each year of the cost of the commonwealth’s projected share of group insurance premiums for the next fiscal year; and provided further, that the group insurance commission may pay premium and plan costs for municipal employees and retirees who are enrolled in the group insurance commission’s health  plans pursuant  to the commission’s regulations.............................................................................. $736,866,118

 

1108-5350           For elderly governmental retired employee premium payments....................................................... $736,327

 

1108-5400           For the costs of the retired municipal teachers’ premiums and the audit of such premiums.. $83,926,853

 

1108-5500           For the costs, notwithstanding chapter 32A of the General Laws to the contrary, of dental and vision benefits for those active employees of the commonwealth, not including employees of authorities and any other political subdivision, who are not otherwise provided those benefits pursuant to a separate appropriation or the terms of a contract or collective bargaining agreement; provided, that the employees shall pay 15 per cent of the monthly premium established by the commission for the benefits.......................................................................... $6,869,468

 

Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

 

1110-1000           For the operation of the division of administrative law appeals, established by section 4H of chapter 7 of the General Laws; provided, that the division shall maintain, to the fullest extent practicable, a complete physical and technological separation from any agency, department, board, commission or program whose decisions, determinations or actions may be appealed to it; provided further, that every decision issued by a commissioner or other head of agency, or designee, following the issuance of a recommended decision by an administrative law judge of the division, shall be an agency decision subject to judicial review pursuant to chapter 30A of the General Laws; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the processing and adjudication of all pending and newly-filed department of environmental protection appeals.................................................................................................. $1,360,836

 

George Fingold Library.

 

1120-4005           For the administration of the George Fingold library; provided, that the library shall maintain regular hours of operation from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m................................................................................................................. $1,275,012

 

1120-4006           The George Fingold library may expend revenues collected, up to a maximum of $10,000, from the fees charged for copying services; provided, that the library shall submit a report that details revenue collected and expenditures made to the house and senate committees on ways and means on or before January 1, 2008............ $10,000

 

Department of Revenue.

 

1201-0100           For the operation of the department of revenue, including tax collection administration, audits of certain foreign corporations and the division of local services; provided, that the department may allocate an amount not to exceed $250,000 to the office of the attorney general for the purpose of the tax prosecution unit; provided further, that the department may charge the expenses for computer services, including the cost of personnel and other support costs provided to the child support enforcement unit, from this item to item 1201-0160, consistent with the costs attributable to the unit; provided further, that the department shall maintain regional offices in the cities of Springfield, Pittsfield, Fall River and Worcester and in the Hyannis section of the town of Barnstable; provided further, that the department shall provide to the general court access to the municipal data bank; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this account are positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than full-time basis, beginning no earlier than December 1 and ending no later than November 30; provided further, that seasonal positions funded by this account may not be filled by an incumbent for more than 10 months within a 12 month period; and provided further, that in order to increase participation in the earned income credit program, the department shall: (a) not later than January 1, 2008, provide to every employer, without charge, a notice in conformity with clause (iii) of subsection (d) of section 62A of chapter 151A of the General Laws concerning the availability of the federal and state earned income credits, including the option to receive the credit in paychecks throughout the year, and require every employer to post the notice in conformity with section 16 of chapter 151 of the General Laws; (b) work with the chambers of commerce, municipalities, community-based organizations, taxpayer advocates and labor  organizations to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information concerning the availability of the credits; and (c) not later than March 1, 2008, file a report with the joint committee on revenue and the house and senate committees on ways and means concerning its efforts under this proviso to increase earned income credit participation............................................................................................. $122,062,516

General Fund .....................................................................................  95.0%

Highway Fund .....................................................................................  5.0%

 

1201-0130           The department of revenue may expend for the operation of the department an amount not to exceed $16,330,000 from revenues collected by the additional auditors for an enhanced audit program; provided, that the auditors shall: discover and identify persons who are delinquent either in the filing of a tax return or the payment of a tax due and payable to the commonwealth; obtain said delinquent returns; and collect such delinquent taxes for a prior fiscal year; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses, and the comptroller may certify for payment, amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of revenue produced from these additional auditors, and (2) the amount of revenue produced by this item in fiscal years 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007............................. $16,330,000

 

1201-0160           For the child support enforcement unit; provided, that the department may allocate funds appropriated herein to the department of state police, the district courts, the probate and family courts, the district attorneys and other state agencies for the performance of certain child support enforcement activities, and that those agencies may expend the funds for the purposes of this item; provided further, that all such allocations shall be reported quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the allocation of said funds; provided further, that the federal receipts associated with the child support computer network shall be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and deposited into a revolving account to be expended for the network; provided further, that federal receipts associated with child support enforcement grants shall be deposited into a revolving account to be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and to be expended for the grant authority; provided further, that the department shall file quarterly reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means, detailing the balance, year-to-date and projected receipts and year-to-date and projected expenditures, by subsidiary, of the child support trust fund established pursuant to section 9 of chapter 119A of the General Laws; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment the amounts not to exceed the lower of the authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor as reported in the state accounting system for federal incentives and said network in accounts 1201-0161, 1201-0410 and 1201-0412......................................................................................................................... $50,513,466

 

1201-0164           For the child support enforcement division; provided, that the division may expend revenues in an amount not to exceed $6,547,280 from the federal reimbursements awarded for personnel and lower subsidiary related expenditures; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment the amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system.................................................. $6,547,280

 

1231-1000           For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established in section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided, that the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways means and the secretary of administration and finance no later than October 1, 2007, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) an analysis of the options for reducing operating costs of the authority; (b) the use of contracts with private entities for the operation and maintenance of facilities owned or operated by the authority; and (c) the cost savings and any legislation necessary to effectuate the proposed recommendations of the report........................................................................................................................................................... $15,000,000

 

1231-1020           For a program of loans, loan purchases or loan guarantees or interest subsidies to assist homeowners, homeowner associations or condominium associations in complying with revised state environmental code for subsurface disposal of sanitary waste, Title V; provided, that the program shall be in addition to the loan program established pursuant to item 2200-9959 in section 2 of chapter 85 of the acts of 1994; provided further, that the department may contract with third parties, including, but not limited to, commonwealth-based financial institutions to manage the program; provided further, that the department and the third parties shall take all steps necessary to minimize the program’s administrative costs; provided further, that the loans, loan purchases or loan guarantees shall be available on the basis of a sliding scale that relates a homeowner’s income and assets to the cost of Title V compliance; provided further, that interest subsidies shall be means-tested and may be for zero-interest loans pursuant to income standards developed by the department; and provided further, that the department of revenue shall consult with the department of environmental protection in developing rules, regulations and guidelines for said program, prior appropriation continued.

 

1232-0100           For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products pursuant to chapter 21J of the General Laws; provided, that in the prioritization of claims, consideration shall be given to claimants who own not more than 2 dispensing facilities.......................................................................... $18,200,000

 

1232-0200           For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund administrative review board, established by section 8 of chapter 21J of the General Laws, and for the administration of the underground storage tank program associated with the implementation of said chapter 21J; provided, that notwithstanding section 4 of said chapter 21J or any other general or special law to the contrary, appropriations made in this item shall be sufficient to cover the administrative expenses of the underground storage tank program; provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on the status of the underground storage program, including, but not limited to, the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks and the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; provided further, that the report shall detail how many tanks are out of compliance with said chapter 21J; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than February 16, 2008..................................................................................................................................................... $1,784,544

 

1232-0300           For underground storage tank municipal grants to remove and replace the tanks pursuant to section 2 of chapter 21J of the General Laws and section 37A of chapter 148 of the General Laws...................................... $465,406

 

1233-2000           For the tax abatement program for certain veterans, widows, blind persons and the elderly; provided, that cities and towns shall be reimbursed for the abatements granted pursuant to clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second E and Thirty-seventh of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws................................................................................................................................... $17,241,130

 

1233-2006           For reimbursing cities and towns for additional exemptions from the motor vehicle excise granted pursuant to the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws, as amended by sections 13 to 14 of section 1 of chapter 260 of the acts of 2006............................................................................................................................ $1,468,525

 

1233-2310           For reimbursing cities and towns for taxes abated pursuant to the clauses Forty-first, Forty-first B and Forty-first C of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or clause Forty-first C for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under those clauses in an amount not to exceed $2 per exemption granted........ $9,890,345

 

Appellate Tax Board.

 

1310-1000           For the operation of the appellate tax board; provided, that the board shall schedule hearings in Barnstable, Gardner, Lawrence, Milford, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and southeastern Massachusetts; and provided further, that the board shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 1, 2007, on the number of hearings held at each location............................................................... $2,139,987

 

1310-1001           The appellate tax board may expend revenues up to a maximum of $300,000 from fees collected; provided, that in order to accommodate discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the board may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.......................................... $300,000

 

Department of Veterans’ Services.

 

1410-0010           For the operation of the department of veterans’ services; provided that not less and $25,000 shall be expended for the purpose of maintaining the Massachusetts Vietnam veterans memorial locate in the Green Hill park in Worcester; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Korean War veterans committee of Massachusetts for the purpose of maintaining the Korean War memorial located in the shipyard park of the Charlestown navy yard; and provided further, that the department may expend funds for the Glory 54th Brigade............................................................................................................................................................. $2,157,102

 

1410-0012           For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that the centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam era veterans and their families who may have been exposed to agent orange; provided further, that these centers shall also provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001, and their families; provided further, that not less than $367,422 shall be obligated for a contract with the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in the city of Gardner; provided further, that not less than $228,771 shall be obligated for a contract with the Veterans Benefit Clearinghouse in the Roxbury section of Boston”; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be obligated for a contract with the Puerto Rican Veterans Association of Massachusetts, Inc., in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $131,500 shall be obligated for a contract with Nam Vets Association of the Cape and Islands in the Hyannis section of the town of Barnstable; provided further, that not less than $106,102 shall be obligated for a contract with the North Shore Veterans Counseling Center in the city of Beverly; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for veteran’s services to be administered by the Falmouth veterans agent through the Falmouth Free Clinic and Community Center; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be obligated for a contract with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to United Veterans of America for the purpose of providing services to homeless veterans in Berkshire County; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Association of Bristol County in Fall River; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Nathan Hale Foundation of Plymouth to assist veterans with transportation; provided further, that not less than $84,453 shall be obligated for a contract with the Metrowest/Metrosouth Outreach Center in the town of Framingham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for  the Middleboro Veterans’ Outreach Center; and provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the oral history project at the Morse Institute Library in Natick; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Mason Square Veterans Outreach Center in the city of Springfield  ................................ $1,783,222

 

1410-0015           For the women veterans’ outreach program.......................................................................................... $42,282

 

1410-0018           The department may expend not more than $300,000 for the maintenance and operation of Agawam and Winchendon veterans’ cemeteries from revenue collected from fees, grants, gifts or other contributions to the cemeteries; prior appropriations continued .................................................................................................................. $300,000

 

1410-0100           For the revenue maximization project of the executive office of elder affairs to identify individuals eligible for veterans’ pensions who are currently receiving home health care services.................................................. $98,000

 

1410-0250           For homelessness services; provided, that not less than $652,395 shall be obligated for a contract with the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program, Inc., in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that not less than $625,105 shall be obligated for a contract with the central Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $405,500 shall be obligated for contracts with the Veterans Hospice Homestead in the city of Leominster and the Veterans Hospice in the town of Fitchburg; provided further, that not less than $220,000 shall be obligated for a contract with the United Veterans of America shelter in the town of Leeds; provided further, that not less than $199,405 shall be obligated for a contract with Unity House in the city of Gardner; provided further, that not less than $100,350 shall be obligated for a contract with Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse located in Dorchester; provided further, that not less than $73,350 shall be obligated for a contract with the Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse located in Roxbury; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be obligated for a contract with the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in the city of Haverhill for homelessness services; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for a contract with the Springfield Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center for the operation and maintenance of a homeless veterans transition house located in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $51,975 shall be expended for a contract with the Springfield Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center for the operation and maintenance of homeless veterans transitional housing units at the YMCA of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $42,000 shall be obligated for a contract with the Turner House located in the town of Williamstown; provided further, that not less than $37,350 shall be obligated for a contract with the Homestead in the town of Hyannis; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for transitional services at Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury...................................................................................................... $2,621,930

 

1410-0251           For the maintenance and operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans located in the city of Boston.................................................................. $2,276,703

 

1410-0300           For the payment of annuities to certain disabled veterans and the parents and un-remarried spouses of certain deceased veterans; provided, that the payments shall be made pursuant to section 6B of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall take reasonable steps to terminate payments upon the death of a recipient; provided further, that the department shall prorate annuity payments to ensure that the total payments in fiscal year 2008 shall not exceed the amount appropriated herein; and provided further, that the secretary of veterans’ services shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means a report detailing the number of applications received for annuities offered under this program at the end of each fiscal quarter............ $18,103,768

 

1410-0400           For reimbursing cities and towns for money paid for veterans’ benefits and for payments to certain veterans under section 6 of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amounts of veterans’ benefits paid by cities and towns to residents of a soldiers’ home shall be paid by the commonwealth to the several cities and towns; provided further, that pursuant to section 9 of said chapter 115, the department shall reimburse cities and towns for the cost of United States flags placed on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of veteran services may continue a training program for veterans’ agents and directors of veterans’ services in cities and towns; provided further, that the purpose of the training program shall be to maximize federal assistance available for veterans and to assure that the agents and directors receive uniform instruction on providing veterans and dependents with advice relative to procurement of state, federal and local benefits to which they are entitled, including employment, education, health care, retirement and other veterans’ benefits; provided further, that the subject matter of the training program shall include benefits available under said chapter 115 and alternative resources, including those which are partially or wholly subsidized by the federal government, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits, as well as federal pension and compensation entitlements; provided further, that the secretary shall promulgate regulations for the training program; provided further, that upon successful participation by the veterans’ agents or directors of veterans’ services in the training program, the costs of the training program incurred by the several cities and towns shall be reimbursed by the commonwealth on or before November 10 following the fiscal year in which the costs were paid; provided further, that any person applying for veterans’ benefits to pay for services available under chapter 118E of the General Laws, shall also apply for medical assistance under said chapter 118E to minimize cost of the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans’ agents shall complete applications authorized by the executive office under said chapter 118E for any veteran, widow and dependent applying for medical assistance under said chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall file the application for the veteran or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the executive office shall act on all chapter 118E applications and advise the applicant and the veterans’ agent of the applicant’s eligibility for chapter 118E healthcare; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall advise the applicant of the right to assistance for medical benefits under said chapter 115 pending approval of the application for assistance under said chapter 118E by the executive office; provided further, that the secretary may supplement healthcare pursuant to said chapter 118E with healthcare coverage under said chapter 115 if he determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to or on behalf of a veteran or dependent pursuant to said chapter 115 shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility under said chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded pursuant to section 6B of said chapter 115 shall be considered countable income ..................................................... $15,165,374

 

1410-0630           For the administration of the veterans’ cemeteries in the towns of Agawam and Winchendon $879,450

 

Reserves.

 

1599-0025           To provide the commonwealth’s customers with the convenience of expanded access to internet payment options and to improve revenue collections and cash flow, the secretary of the executive office for administration and finance may expend an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 collected from payments made electronically to subsidize the costs associated with processing those payments; provided, that the secretary, in consultation with the comptroller, may enter into agreements with state agencies to provide for an electronic transaction fee subsidy, which shall be structured to expire after 3 years.................................................................................................... $1,000,000

 

1599-0035           For certain debt service contract assistance to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, in accordance with section 39 of chapter 190 of the acts of 1982; provided, that the assistance shall be expended notwithstanding section 35J of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority shall enter into such agreements necessary for the right to name all or any part of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the city of Boston, pursuant to the powers granted the Authority by clause (q) of section 35 of chapter 190 of the acts of 1982 for due consideration and for a term of years, not to exceed 30 years; provided further, that said Authority may decline to enter into such an agreement if it finds the proposed terms to be inappropriate, and certifies such finding and the reasons therefore, in writing, to the clerks of the house and senate; and provided further, that any and all compensation realized from such sale of said naming rights shall be deposited in the Civic and Convention Center Fund, established pursuant to said section 39 of said chapter 190............................. $2,533,359

 

1599-0042           For a reserve to improve the quality of the commonwealth’s early education and care system; provided, that payments from this reserve shall be distributed by the department of early education and care to increase reimbursement rates for subsidized early education and care; provided further, that the increases shall be directed to expenditures for salaries, benefits and stipends for professional development of early education and care workers or programmatic quality improvements; provided further, that the remainder of the funds appropriated herein shall be used to adjust said rates so as to reduce disparities between said rates relative to the relevant private market rates, including such disparities as those between the rates paid for the same type of care from items 3000-3050, 3000-4050 and 3000-4060 and those paid from item 3000-4000, those between the rates paid for services for infants and toddlers and those paid for services for other children, and those between the rates paid for services provided by family child care providers and those paid for services provided by other providers; and provided further, that all the adjustments shall be subject to the approval of the board of early education and care........................................................................................... $7,000,000

 

1599-0049           For contract assistance payments to the Foxborough Industrial Development Financing Authority in accordance with section 8 of chapter 16 of the acts of 1999.................................................................................... $4,935,988

 

1599-0050           For Route 3 North contract assistance payments......................................................................... $26,757,093

 

1599-0093           For contract assistance to the water pollution abatement trust for debt service obligations of the trust, pursuant to sections 6, 6A and 18 of  chapter 29C of the General Laws..................................................... $64,166,198

 

1599-1970           For a reserve for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority for costs incurred in fiscal year 2007 for the operation and maintenance of the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel Project pursuant to chapter 235 of the acts of 1998........................................................................................................................................................... $25,000,000

 

1599-1971           For the cost of hired and leased equipment, vehicle repair, and sand, salt, and other control chemicals used for snow and ice control; provided, that the secretary for administration and finance shall submit to the house and senate committees on post audit and oversight, the house and senate committees on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on snow and ice control efforts no later than September 1, 2007, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) a detailed account of the administrative oversight exercised by either the secretary for administration and finance, the secretary of transportation or the department of highways for snow and ice control efforts, including an explanation of measures taken to verify services provided, audit vendor payment vouchers, or any other measures taken to ensure accountability relative to the expenditure of the state funds for snow and ice control efforts; and (b) a statement of how many salt storage facilities in the commonwealth are in conformity with section 7A of chapter 85 of the General Laws and how many are not.......................................................... $4,000,000

 

1599-3234           For the commonwealth’s South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment........................ $91,422

 

1599-3384           For a reserve for the payment of certain court judgments, settlements and legal fees, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the comptroller, which were ordered to be paid in the current fiscal year or a prior fiscal year; provided, that the comptroller shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the amounts expended from this item................................................................................................................... $2,500,000

 

1599-3856           For rent and associated costs at the Massachusetts information technology center in Chelsea $7,115,000

 

1599-3857           For capital lease payments from the University of Massachusetts to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and for annual operations of the advanced technology and manufacturing center in Fall River $1,581,922

 

1599-6901         For a reserve to adjust the wages, compensation or salary and associated employee-related costs to personnel earning less than $40,000 in annual compensation who are employed by private human service providers that deliver human and social services under contracts with departments within the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs; provided, that home care workers shall be eligible for funding from this appropriation; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may allocate the funds appropriated in this item to the departments in order to implement this initiative; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall condition the expenditure of the reserve upon assurances that the funds shall be used solely for the purposes of adjustments to wages, compensation or salary; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2008, the executive office shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report delineating the number of employees, by job title and average salary, receiving the adjustment in fiscal year 2008 and the average percentage adjustment funded by this reserve; provided further, that the report shall also include, for each contract scheduled to receive any allocation from this item in each such department, the total payroll expenditures in each contract for the categories of personnel scheduled to receive the adjustments; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be allocated to special education programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws, contracts for early education and care services or programs for which payment rates are negotiated and paid as class rates as established by the division of health care finance and policy; provided further, that no funds shall be allocated from this item to contracts funded exclusively by federal grants as delineated in section 2D; provided further, that the total fiscal year 2008 cost of salary adjustments and any other associated employee costs authorized thereunder shall not exceed $23,000,000; provided further, that the executive office shall submit an allocation schedule to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days after disbursement of funds; provided further, that the annualized cost of the adjustments in fiscal year 2009 shall not exceed the amount appropriated herein; provided further, that the raises provided through this item shall be in addition to any already agreed to or collectively bargained pay increases; and provided further, that the executive office shall submit a plan by January 1, 2008, to the executive office of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with recommendations for moving toward a more rational, market-based system for reimbursement rates for social services purchased under the purchase-of-service system; provided further, that the plan shall organize current services according to their similarity of purpose, cost structure and intended outcome; provided further, that the plan shall outline a strategy and resource requirements to restructure reimbursement rates for services; and provided further, that the plan shall be based on a comprehensive cost and market analysis with regard to unit rates, uniform pricing, efficiency standards, performance outcomes, annual rate of inflation, cost comparison of current system versus proposed system and other relevant factors, as determined by the executive office............................................................................................................................... $23,000,000

 

1599-7011        For a comprehensive review of the state's education accountability system including a plan for a streamlined, effective system that meets the educational goals of the entire state and provides schools and districts with the professional assistance necessary to improve teaching and learning for all students................................... $300,000

 

1599-7104           For a reserve for the facilities costs associated with the college of visual and performing arts at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; provided, that funds may be expended for Bristol Community College                $2,700,000

 

Division of Human Resources.

 

1750-0100           For the operation of the human resources division and the costs of administration, training, and customer support related to the commonwealth’s human resources and compensation management system; provided, that the information technology division shall continue a chargeback system for its bureau of computer services including the operation of the commonwealth’s human resources and compensation management system, which complies with the requirements of section 2B; provided further, that the division shall be responsible for the administration of examinations for state and municipal civil service titles, establishment of eligible lists, certification of eligible candidates to state and municipal appointing authorities, technical assistance in selection and appointment to state and municipal appointing authorities; provided further, that notwithstanding clause (n) of section 5 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of administration and finance shall charge a fee of not less than $50 to be collected from each applicant for a civil service examination; provided further, that the division shall administer a program of state employee unemployment management, including, but not limited to, agency training and assistance; provided further, that the division shall administer the statewide classification system, including, but not limited to, maintaining a classification pay plan for civil service titles within the commonwealth in accordance with generally accepted compensation standards and reviewing appeals for reclassification; provided further, that the secretary for administration and finance shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means the amounts of any and all economic benefits necessary to fund any incremental cost items contained in any collective bargaining agreements with the various classified public employees’ unions; provided further, that the nature and scope of economic proposals contained in those agreements shall include all fixed percentage or dollar based salary adjustments, non-base payments or other forms of compensation and all supplemental fringe benefits resulting in any incremental costs; and provided further, that any employee of the commonwealth who chooses to participate in a bone marrow donor program or an organ donor transplant program shall be granted a leave of absence with pay to undergo the medical procedure and for associated physical recovery time, but this leave shall not exceed 5 days $4,044,456

 

1750-0102           The human resources division may expend not more than $1,327,500 from revenues collected from fees charged to applicants for civil service and non-civil service examinations and fees charged for the costs of goods and services rendered in administering training programs; provided, that the division shall collect from participating non-state agencies, political subdivisions, and the general public fees sufficient to cover all costs of the programs, including, but not limited to, a fee to be collected from each applicant for a civil service examination or non-civil examination, notwithstanding paragraph (n) of section 5 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.................. $1,327,500

 

1750-0111           For the planning and implementation of a civil service continuous testing program and the operation of the bypass appeals process program; provided, that the division shall file quarterly reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the number of tests administered and the amount of revenue collected through the program................................................................................................................................................. $101,403

 

1750-0119           For payment of workers’ compensation benefits to certain former employees of Middlesex and Worcester counties; provided, that the division shall routinely recertify the former employees pursuant to current workers’ compensation procedures.............................................................................................................................................. $76,350

 

1750-0201           The human resources division may expend not more than $350,000 from revenues collected for implementation of the medical and physical fitness standards program established pursuant to sections 61A and 61B of chapter 31 of the General Laws and chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided, that the personnel administrator shall charge a fee of not less than $50 to be collected from each applicant who participates in the physical ability test; provided further, that the human resources division shall submit a semi-annual report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all expenditures on the program including, but not limited to, the costs of personnel, consultants, administration of the wellness program, establishment of standards and any other related costs of the program; and provided further, that the division shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means by February 1, 2008, on the projected costs of the program for fiscal year 2008 ................................................ $350,000

 

1750-0300           For the commonwealth’s contributions in fiscal year 2008 to health and welfare funds established pursuant to certain collective bargaining agreements; provided, that the contributions shall be calculated as provided in the applicable collective bargaining agreement and shall be paid to the health and welfare trust funds on a monthly basis or on such other basis as the applicable collective bargaining agreement provides............................... $25,421,036

 

Operational Services Division.

 

1775-0100           For the operation of the operational services division; provided, that the division shall expend funds for the purpose of achieving savings pursuant to this act; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the division of purchased services of the operational services division which, under section 274 of chapter 110 of the acts of 1993, is responsible for determining prices for programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws, shall set the prices in fiscal year 2008 by increasing the final fiscal year 2007 price by the rate of inflation as determined by the division; provided further, that the division shall also adjust prices for Extraordinary Relief, as defined in 808 CMR 1.06(4); provided further, that the department shall accept applications for Program Reconstruction in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that programs for which prices in fiscal year 2007 were lower than the full amount permitted by the division of purchased services shall be permitted to charge in fiscal year 2008 the full price calculated for fiscal year 2007 adjusted by the rate of inflation as determined by the division; provided further, that upon the request of a program, the operational services division shall authorize a minimum price for the program to charge out-of-state purchasers; and provided further, that the division shall determine the minimum price for out-of-state purchasers by identifying the most recent price calculated for the program and applying the estimated rates of inflation which are established by December 1 of each year pursuant to section 274 of chapter 110 of the acts of 1993 in a compounded manner for each fiscal year following the most recent calculated price .................................. $2,052,506

 

1775-0124           The operational services division may expend an amount not to exceed $500,000 from revenue collected in the recovery of cost-reimbursement and non-reimbursable over billing and recoupment for health and human service agencies and as a result of administrative reviews, as determined during the division’s audits and reviews of providers pursuant to section 274 of chapter 110 of the acts of 1993; provided, that the division may only retain revenues collected in excess of $207,350............................................................................................................................................ $500,000

 

1775-0600           The operational services division may expend not more than $100,000 in revenues from the sale of state surplus personal property, including the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of surplus property; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the operational services division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, including the costs of personnel.............................. $100,000

 

1775-0700           The operational services division may expend not more than $53,000 in revenues collected in addition to the amount authorized in item 1775-1000 of section 2B, for printing, photocopying, related graphic art or design work and other reprographic goods and services provided to the general public, including all necessary incidental expenses $53,000

 

1775-0900           The operational services division may expend not more than $55,000 in revenues collected pursuant to chapter 449 of the acts of 1984 and section 4L of chapter 7 of the General Laws, including the costs of personnel, from the sale of federal surplus property, including the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of federal surplus property; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the operational services division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system....................................................................... $55,000

 

1775-1100           The operational services division may expend not more than $500,000 in revenues collected from the disposal of surplus motor vehicles, including, but not limited to, state police vehicles from vehicle accident and damage claims and from manufacturer warranties, rebates and settlements, for the purchase of motor vehicles; provided, that the division shall evaluate the use of technology, the internet,  and online auctions to enhance the sales of surplus vehicles and submit a report of its findings to the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the house and senate committees on post audit and oversight on or before October 1, 2007; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the operational services division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, including the costs of personnel     $500,000

 

1775-1101           For the operation of the affirmative marketing program, housed within the operational services division, for costs associated with the administration of services for minority and women business owners to develop and maintain equitable practices and policies in the public marketplace........................................................... $299,588

 

Information Technology Division.

 

1790-0100           For the operation of the information technology division; provided, that the division shall continue a chargeback system for its bureau of computer services including the operation of the commonwealth’s human resources and compensation management system, which complies with the requirements of section 2B; provided further, that the division shall develop a formula to determine the cost that will be charged to each agency for its use of the human resources and compensation management system; provided further, that the division may coordinate with any state agency or state authority which administers a grant program to develop a statewide grant information page on the commonwealth’s official worldwide web site, that shall include all necessary application forms and a grant program reference in a format that is retrievable and printable; provided further, that the division shall continue conducting audits and surveys to identify and realize savings in the acquisition and maintenance of communications lines; provided further, that the commissioner shall file an annual status report with the house and senate committees on ways and means by May 16, 2008, with actual and projected savings and expenditures for the audits in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008; provided further, that the state comptroller shall establish accounts and procedures as he deems appropriate and necessary to assist in accomplishing the purposes of this item; provided further, that any planned information technology development project or purchase by any agency under the authority of the governor for which the total projected cost exceeds $200,000 including the cost of any related hardware, software, or consulting fees, and regardless of fiscal year or source of funds, shall be reviewed and approved by the chief information officer before such agency may obligate funds for the project or purchase; and provided further, that the chief information officer may establish rules and procedures necessary to implement this item............................................................. $4,771,058

 

1790-0300           The information technology division may expend not more than  $467,837  from revenues collected from the provision of computer resources and services to the general public for the costs of the bureau of computer services, including the purchase, lease or rental of telecommunications lines, services and equipment....................... $467,837

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS.

Office of the Secretary.

 

2000-0100           For the operation of the office of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, including the water resources commission, the hazardous waste facility site safety council, the coastal zone management program, environmental impact reviews conducted pursuant to chapter 30 of the General Laws, the mosquito-borne disease vector control chapter program, and a central data processing center for the secretariat; provided, that the secretary of environmental affairs may enter into interagency agreements with any line agency within the secretariat, whereby the line agency may render data processing services to said secretary; provided further, that the comptroller may allocate the costs for such data processing services to the several state and other funds to which items of appropriation of such agencies are charged; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended to the UMass Lowell’s Center for Family, Work and Community and partnering with the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to develop an outreach research project based on the Green Building Initiative; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a one to one matching grant to the Cape Cod bay sanctuary program; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for a coastal shore water testing program administered by the Coalition for Buzzards Bay; provided further, that “$100,000 shall be expended for the executive office of energy and environmental affairs for work on the Plymouth-Carver Aquifer Plan........................................................................................... $7,200,741

 

2000-9900           For the office of geographic and environmental information established in section 4B of chapter 21A of the General Laws................................................................................................................................................................ $290,874

 

2001-1001           The secretary of energy and environmental affairs may expend not more than $125,000 from fees charged to entities other than political subdivisions of the commonwealth for the distribution of digital cartographic and other data for the review of environmental notification forms pursuant to sections 61 to 62H, inclusive, of chapter 30 of the General Laws................................................................................................................................................................ $125,000

 

2010-0100           For recycling and related purposes consistent with the recycling plan of the solid waste master plan which includes municipal equipment, a municipal recycling incentive program, recycled product procurement, guaranteed annual tonnage assistance, recycling transfer stations, source reduction and technical assistance, consumer education and participation campaign, municipal household hazardous waste program, the recycling loan program, research and development, recycling market development and recycling business development, and the operation of the Springfield materials recycling facility; provided, that funds may be expended for a recycling industry reimbursement program pursuant to section 241 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997; and provided further, that funds may be expended on municipal recycling incentives and equipment grants................................................................ $2,145,456

 

2010-0200           For redemption centers; provided, that the department of environmental protection shall expend the funds appropriated in this item for a program to preserve the continuing ability of redemption centers to maintain operations in pursuit of the commonwealth’s recycling goals consistent with section 323 of chapter 94 of the General Laws; provided further, that for the purposes of this item and said chapter 94, a redemption center shall be any business registered with the commonwealth whose primary purpose is the redemption of reusable beverage containers; provided further, that the program shall take into consideration the volume of redeemables per redemption center, the length of time the center has been in operation, the number of returnables redeemed quarterly by the centers, the submission by the centers of documentation of their redeemed returnables to the department and the costs of transportation, packing, storage and labor; and provided further, that a redemption center shall be eligible for the funds if registered with the commonwealth as of April 1, 2003................................................................................................................................ $550,000

 

2020-0100           For toxics use reduction technical assistance and technology in accordance with chapter 21I of the General Laws............................................................................................................................................................. $1,534,463

 

2030-1000           For the operation of the office of environmental law enforcement; provided, that officers shall provide monitoring pursuant to the National Shellfish Sanitation Program; provided further, that the department shall maintain and operate the boat registration and titling offices in Hyannis and Fall River; provided further, that the department shall provide police patrols on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during peak camping season in Wompatuck State Park in the towns of Hingham, Norwell and Cohasset; and provided further, that funds from this item shall not be expended for the purposes of item 2030-1004........................................................................................................... $10,801,950

 

2030-1004           For environmental police private details; provided, that the office may expend revenues of up to $500,000 collected from the fees charged for private details; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................................................................................................................................................................ $500,000

 

Department of Public Utilities.

 

2100-0012           For the operations of the department of public utilities; provided, that notwithstanding the second sentence of the first paragraph of section 18 of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2008 under that paragraph shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce $6,276,014.......................................... $6,276,014

 

2100-0013           For the operation of the transportation division................................................................................ $584,812

 

2100-0014           The department of public utilities may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board an amount not to exceed $75,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2008 and prior fiscal years from utility companies.................................................................................................................................................................. $75,000

 

Department of Environmental Protection.

 

2200-0100           For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the office of environmental results and strategic planning, the bureau of resource protection, the Senator William X. Wall experimental station, and a contract with the University of Massachusetts for environmental research; provided, that  section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws shall not apply to fees established pursuant to section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the administration and enforcement of the mercury management act; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be provided to the town of Millville for water contamination remediation services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for department of environmental protection pump testing at the Cole property site for a municipal water supply for the town of Carver; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program; and provided further, that $168,000 shall be expended for sediment control in Lake Webster “$33,946,004

 

2200-0102           The department of environmental protection may expend an amount not to exceed $1,200,000 from revenues collected from fees collected from wetland permits; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment the amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that the wetlands fees that will be directed into the General Fund shall not be lower than the amount deposited at the end of fiscal year 2004...................................................................................................................... $1,200,000

 

2210-0100           For the implementation and administration of chapter 21I of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008 detailing the status of the department’s progress in meeting the statutory and regulatory deadlines associated with said chapter 21I and detailing the number of full-time equivalent positions assigned to various implementation requirements of said chapter 21I........................................................................................................................................................... $982,731

 

2220-2220           For the administration and implementation of the federal Clean Air Act, including the operating permit program, the emissions banking program, the auto-related state implementation program, the low emission vehicle program, the non-auto-related state implementation program, and the commonwealth’s commitments under the New England Governor’s/Eastern Canadian Premier’s Action Plans for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions............................................................................................................................................................. $1,048,831

 

2220-2221           For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the federal Clean Air Act..................................................................................................................................... $2,049,996

 

2250-2000           For the purposes of state implementation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act under section 18A of chapter 21A of the General Laws..................................................................................................................................... $1,593,756

 

2260-8870           For the expenses of the hazardous waste cleanup and underground storage tank programs, notwithstanding section 323F of chapter 94 of the General Laws and section 4 of chapter 21J of the General Laws.......... $16,116,601

 

2260-8872           For the brownfields site audit program............................................................................................. $1,847,248

 

2260-8881           For the operations of the board of registration of hazardous waste site cleanup professionals, notwithstanding section 19A of chapter 21A of the General Laws......................................................................................... $377,680

 

Department of Fish and Game.

 

2300-0100           For the office of the commissioner; provided, that the commissioner’s office shall assess and receive payments from the division of marine fisheries, the division of fisheries and wildlife, the public access board, the riverways programs, and all other programs under the control of the department of fish and game; provided further, that the purpose of those assessments shall be to cover appropriate administrative costs of the department, including but not limited to payroll, personnel, legal and budgetary costs; provided further, that the amount and contribution from each division or program shall be determined by the commissioner of fish and game; and provided further, that $50,000 in matching funds shall be provided to the National Marine Life Center for animal care.............................. $545,106

 

2300-0101           For a program of riverways protection, restoration and promotion of public access to rivers, including grants to public and nonpublic entities; provided, that the positions funded in this item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws....................................................................................................................................................... $578,198

 

2310-0200           For the administration of the division of fisheries and wildlife, including expenses of the fisheries and wildlife board, the administration of game farms and wildlife restoration projects, for wildlife research and management, the administration of fish hatcheries, the improvement and management of lakes, ponds and rivers, for fish and wildlife restoration projects, the commonwealth’s share of certain cooperative fishery and wildlife programs, and for certain programs reimbursable under the federal Aid to Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act; provided, that funds from this item shall be made available to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the purposes of wildlife and fisheries research in an amount not to exceed the amount received in fiscal year 2007 for such research; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended to continue to operate fish hatcheries in the towns of Montague and Sandwich; provided further, that the department shall expend the amount necessary to restore anadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems; provided further, that expenditures for such programs shall be contingent upon prior approval of the proper federal authorities for reimbursement of at least 75 per cent of the amount so expended; and provided further, that funds may be expended to supplement the natural heritage and endangered species program $9,660,000

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund.................................................... 100.0%

 

2310-0306           For the hunter safety training program................................................................................................ $472,459

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund.................................................... 100.0%

 

2310-0316           For the purpose of land containing wildlife habitat and for the costs of the division of fisheries and wildlife directly related to the administration of the wildlands stamp program pursuant to sections 2A and 2C of chapter 131 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall not be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees assigned to any item........................................................................................... $1,500,000

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund ..................................................  100.0%

 

2310-0317           For the waterfowl management program pursuant to section 11 of chapter 131 of the General Laws $85,000

Inland Fisheries and Game Fund ................................................... 100.0%

 

2320-0100           For the administration of the public access board, including the maintenance, operation, and improvements of public access land and water areas; provided, that positions funded in this item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Law.......................................................................................................................................... $630,419

 

2330-0100           For the operation of the division of marine fisheries, including expenses of the Annisquam river marine research laboratory, marine research programs, a commercial fisheries program, a shellfish management program, including coastal area classification, mapping and technical assistance, and for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant and shellfish classification program; provided, that $300,000 shall be expended on a recreational fisheries program to be reimbursed by federal funds; provided further, that not less than $333,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant and that plant shall generate not less than $115,000 from purification fees; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for the joint operation of a shellfish propagation program on Cape Cod between the division and the Barnstable county department of health and environment; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the Family Fishing Assistance Center in the city of New Bedford; and provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the Family Fishing Assistance Center in the city of Gloucester; and provided further, that the division shall develop a strategy for the sustainable and commercially practicable harvest of dogfish by the commonwealth’s commercial fishing industry........... $4,966,481

 

2330-0120           For the division of marine fisheries for a program of enhancement and development of marine recreational fishing and related programs and activities, including the cost of equipment maintenance, staff and the maintenance and updating of data ................................................................................................................................................... $580,439

 

2330-0121           For the division of marine fisheries to utilize reimbursable federal sportfish restoration funds to further develop marine recreational fishing and related programs, including the costs of activities that increase public access for marine recreational fishing, support research on artificial reefs, and otherwise provide for the development of marine recreational fishing; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend revenues up to $217,989 collected from federal sportfish restoration funds and from the sale of materials which promote marine recreational fishing    $217,989

 

Department of Agricultural Resources.

 

2511-0100           For the operation of the department of agricultural resources, including the office of the commissioner, the expenses of the board of agriculture, the division of dairy services, and the division of regulatory services and animal health, including a program of laboratory services at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the expenses of the pesticides board, and the division of agricultural development and fairs; provided, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for shellfish propagation on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to be administered by the state aquaculture coordinator and Dukes and Nantucket counties; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for 4H activities from this item; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended on the YouthGROW program; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Plymouth Animal shelter; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to enhance the buy local effort in western, central, northeastern, and southeastern Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for agricultural fair prizes and rehabilitation, including the expenses of the agricultural lands board; provided further, that the department shall, to the extent possible, encourage corporate sponsorships for the purposes of providing agricultural fair prizes; and provided further, that funds may be expended for implementation of the agricultural marketing strategic plan, including, but not limited to funding for agricultural business training and technical assistance....................... $4,942,183

 

2511-0105           For the purchase of supplemental foods for the Massachusetts emergency food assistance program within the America's second harvest nationally-certified food bank system of Massachusetts; provided, that the funds appropriated herein shall reflect the America's second harvest allocation formula, to benefit the four regional food banks in Massachusetts: The Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Good Bank, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Worcester County Food Bank; and provided further, that the department may assess an administrative charge not to exceed 2  per cent of the total appropriation herein.................................................................. $10,500,000

 

2511-2000           For the Agricultural Innovation Center; provided, that the Agricultural Innovation Center shall provide a broad range of technical and business development services to the commonwealth’s agricultural producers that may add value to the producers products and services; provided further, that the Agricultural Innovation Center shall develop an outreach program to identify and foster new, innovative ideas and approaches to adding value to the commonwealth’s agricultural economy; and provided further, that the Agricultural Innovation Center shall solicit requests from the commonwealth’s agricultural industry for funding and technical assistance in training, marketing, distribution, applied research, agri-tourism, aquaculture, forestry, processing, fiber and agricultural resource management               $1,500,000

 

2511-3002           For the Integrated Pest Management program................................................................................... $300,000

 

Department of Conservation and Recreation.

 

2800-0100           For the operation of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that said department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the department of state police to provide police coverage on department of conservation and recreation properties and parkways; provided further, that the department of state police shall reimburse said department of conservation and recreation for costs incurred by said department including, but not limited to vehicle maintenance and repairs, the operation of department of state police buildings and other related costs; provided further, that notwithstanding  any general or special law to the contrary, all offices and positions of the division performing construction activities for the department of conservation and recreation shall be subject to classification under sections 45 to 50, inclusive, of chapter 30 of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws, the department shall establish or renegotiate fees, licenses, permits, rents and leases, and to adjust or develop other revenue sources to fund the maintenance, operation, and administration of the department; provided further, that an annual report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means regarding fee adjustments not later than February 14, 2008; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law or administrative bulletin to the contrary, the department shall not pay any fees charged for the leasing or maintenance of vehicles to the operational services division; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for personnel overtime costs; provided further, that the department of conservation and recreation shall provide the house and senate committees on ways and means with a 30 day notice before any intersubsidiary transfers or interagency service agreements and the reason for said transfer; provided further, that the amount transferred pursuant to interagency service agreements shall not increase from fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the department shall maintain and retain all operations, programs, real property and employees related to the Connecticut River Action Program to promote the conservation and protection of the unique natural resources present in the Connecticut river valley; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall continue to fund a maintenance contract for daily trash removal at Revere beach through proceeds received by the city of Revere and the department of conservation and recreation pursuant to section 29 of chapter 236 of the acts of 2002 and section 2 of this act; and provided further, that the department shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least  30 days before closing any facility owned or operated by the department; provided further, that $10,000 shall be expended for the Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network to help protect natural resources and promote public health.................................... $6,004,212

 

2800-0101           For the watershed management program to operate and maintain reservoirs, watershed lands and related infrastructure of the department and the office of water resources in the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that $500,000 shall be paid to the town of Clinton, under section 8 of chapter 307 of the acts of 1987, to compensate for the use of certain land; provided further, that the amount of the payment shall be charged to the General Fund and shall not be included in the amount of the annual determination of fiscal year charges to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority assessed to the authority under the General Laws; provided further, that $48,000 shall be expended for the flood control activities undertaken by the Thames river valley communities of Massachusetts in conjunction with the state of Connecticut; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the invasive weed control in the Pepperell pond impoundment of the Nashua river of Groton and Pepperell; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for invasive weed control on the Charles river in Waltham; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of invasive aquatic weeds on the Charles river in Auburndale; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for aquatic weed control in the Upper Mystic lake in Winchester; and provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for weed control in Winter pond in Winchester; and provided further that $40,000 shall be expended for aquatic nuisance control in Sluice pond and Flax pond in the city of Lynn ..................................................................................... “$2,026,548

 

2800-0401           For a program to provide stormwater management for all properties and roadways under the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that the department shall develop and implement a stormwater management program in compliance with federal and state stormwater management requirements; provided further, that the department shall inventory all existing stormwater infrastructure, assess its current stormwater practices, analyze long term capital and operational needs, and develop a stormwater management plan to comply with federal and state regulatory requirements; and provided further, that in order to protect public safety and to protect water resources for water supply, recreational and ecosystem uses, the department will immediately implement interim stormwater management practices including but not limited to street sweeping, inspection and cleaning of catch basins, and emergency repairs to roadway drainage................................................................................... $941,288

 

2800-0500           For the freshwater and saltwater beaches under the control of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that all beaches shall remain open and staffed from Memorial Day through Labor Day; provided further, that the beaches shall have their full amount of required maintenance and upkeep; provided further, that no less than $35,000 shall be expended for the cleanup of Pilayella algae on Nahant Beach Reservation; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Jones River Watershed Association of Kingston for program support; and provided further, that the department shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 15, 2007, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of funding provided to each beach under the control of the department in fiscal years 2006 and 2007; (2) a breakdown of how the funds were spent for each beach and the services that were provided; (3) the items of appropriation used to provide funding; (4) the amount of funding to be provided for each beach in fiscal year 2008 from this item; and (5) a list of the services or materials for each beach that will be provided from this item; and provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for personnel for the Metropolitan beaches, as recommended by the report Beaches We Can Be Proud Of, a report prepared for the Metropolitan beaches commission; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the cleanup of Pilayella algae on Kings beach and Long beach in the city of Lynn $3,885,000

 

2800-0600           For the pools and spray pools under the control of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that all pools and spray pools shall remain open and staffed from Memorial Day through Labor Day; provided further, that the pools and spray pools shall have their full amount of required maintenance and upkeep; and provided further, that the department shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 15, 2007, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of funding provided to each pool under the control of the department in fiscal years 2006 and 2007; (2) a breakdown of how the funds were spent for each pool and the services that were provided; (3) the items of appropriation used to provide funding; (4) the amount of funding to be provided for each pool in fiscal year 2008 from this item; and (5) a list of the services or materials for each pool that will be provided from this item ................................................................................................................. $750,000

 

2800-0700           For the office of dam safety; provided, that the department shall, in collaboration with the department of environmental protection and the department of fish and game, establish and maintain a comprehensive inventory of all dams in Massachusetts, and develop a coordinated permitting and regulatory approach to dam removal for stream restoration and public safety ............................................................................................................................. $1,045,000

 

2800-2000           For the state licensed foresters program the department of conservation and recreation may expend an amount not to exceed $600,000 from revenues collected from the sale of timber for materials, supplies, equipment and compensation of employees of the program; provided, that all expenditures from this item shall be subject to chapter 29 of the General Laws and recorded in the Massachusetts management accounting and reporting system…..$600,000.

 

 

2800-9004           For certain payments for the maintenance and use of the Trailside Museum and the Chickatawbut Hill center     “$425,000

 

2810-0100           For the operations of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to operate all of the division’s parks, heritage state parks, reservations, campgrounds, beaches and pools and for the oversight of rinks, to protect and manage the division’s lands and natural resources including the forest and parks conservation services and the bureau of forestry development; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be made available for payment to true seasonal employees; provided further, that the department may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that Watson’s Pond state park in Taunton and Ames Nowell state park in Abington shall remain open and appropriately staffed to allow public swimming and recreation for the season; provided further, that $185,000 shall be expended for the Schooner Ernestina commission; and provided further, that the level of funding for the beaches and pools from this item in fiscal year 2008 shall not be reduced from fiscal year 2007................................................................................................................................ $22,255,308

 

2810-0200           For summer employment programs at department of conservation and recreation facilities; provided, that the programs shall include peer-led youth recreation and interpretive programs, a youth all-star band, and a park repair and improvement program by skilled and unskilled laborers; provided further, that the programs shall provide opportunities for underprivileged populations, especially in economic development areas........................ $2,000,000

 

2810-2000           For the seasonal hires of the division of state parks and recreation, including hires for the forest fire control unit; provided, that no funds from this item shall be expended for year-round seasonal employees; provided further, that seasonal employees who are hired  before the second Sunday before Memorial Day and whose employment continues beyond the Saturday following Labor Day and who received health insurance benefits in fiscal year  2007 shall continue to receive such benefits in fiscal year 2008 during the period of their seasonal employment; provided further, that no expenditures shall be made from the amount appropriated other than for those purposes identified in this item; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this item are positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than full-time basis beginning not earlier than April 1 and ending not later than November 30, or beginning not earlier than September 1 and ending not later than April 30; and provided further, that notwithstanding said section 1 of said chapter 31, seasonal positions funded by this item shall not be filled by an incumbent for more than 8 months within a 12-month period         $5,570,015

 

2810-2040           The division of state parks and recreation may expend not more than $4,454,826  from revenue collected from fees charged by the division, including revenues collected from campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registration program for additional expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system and for the personnel costs of seasonal employees; provided, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the costs of full-time equivalent personnel; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that no expenditures made in advance of the receipts shall be permitted to exceed 75 per cent of the amount of revenues projected by the first quarterly statement required by section 1B; provided further, that the comptroller shall notify house and senate committees on ways and means at the time subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each such quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made; and provided further, that the division may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item $4,454,826

 

2820-0100           For the administration, operation and maintenance of the division of urban parks and recreation, including for the maintenance, operation and related costs of the parkways, boulevards, roadways, bridges and related appurtenances under the care, custody and control of the division, flood control activities of the division, purchase of all necessary supplies and related equipment, and the civilianization of crossing guards located at division intersections where state police previously performed such duties; provided, that no less than $45,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of Red Rock park on Lynn Shore drive in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $225,000 shall be expended for lighting, infrastructure repair and horticulturalist personnel for the southwest corridor park; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for repairs, exhibit design and construction and additional staff for a Heritage State Park located in the Roxbury section of the city of Boston; provided further, that the parkways, boulevards, roadways, bridges and related appurtenances under the care and custody of the metropolitan district commission in fiscal year 2003 shall remain solely under the jurisdiction, custody and care of the division of urban parks and recreation; provided further, that not less than $3,900 shall be expended on the Senator Charles E. Shannon Crossing Guard Corps at the corner of Mystic avenue and Shore drive in the city of Somerville; provided further, that $297,000 shall be expended for the James Michael Curley Recreation Center in the city of Boston; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be made available for payment to true seasonal employees; provided further, that the rinks under the control of the department shall remain open and staffed for the full rink season; and provided further, that the level of funding for the beaches and pools from this item in fiscal year 2008 shall not be reduced from fiscal year 2007........................................................................................................................................................... $26,788,582

 

2820-0101           For the costs associated with the department’s urban park rangers specific to the security of the state house; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall only be expended for the costs of security and urban park rangers at the state house.................................................................................................................................................. $1,914,803

 

2820-0200           For seasonal hires of the division of urban parks and recreation; provided, that no funds in this item shall be used for year-round seasonals; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this item are positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than full-time basis beginning not earlier than April 1 and ending not later than November 30, or beginning not earlier than September 1 and ending not later than April 30; and provided further, that notwithstanding said section 1 of said  chapter 31, seasonal positions funded by this item shall not be filled by an incumbent for more than 8 months within a 12-month period ............................................................................................................................... $3,000,000

 

2820-0300           For the operation and maintenance of the central artery/tunnel parks and Spectacle island .. $1,371,000

 

2820-1000           The division of urban parks and recreation may expend not more than $200,000 from revenue collected pursuant to section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws .............................................................................. $200,000

 

2820-1001           The division of urban parks and recreation may expend not more than $50,000 from revenue collected for the operation and maintenance of the division’s telecommunications system from revenues received from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the department of highways, central artery/Ted Williams tunnel project, the department of state police and quasi-public and private entities through a system of user fees and other charges established by the commissioner of conservation and recreation; provided, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the system under agreements previously entered into; and provided further, that this item may be reimbursed by political subdivisions of the commonwealth and private entities for direct and indirect costs expended by the division to maintain the telecommunications system ................................................................................................................ $50,000

 

2820-2000           For the expenses of maintaining the parkways within the division of urban parks and recreation, including the costs of personnel and snow and ice removal expenses; provided, that the department of conservation and recreation shall take all measures to ensure that the department’s snow and ice control efforts are efficient and cost effective         $1,000,000

 

2820-3001           The division of urban parks and recreation may expend not more than $1,000,000 from revenue collected from skating rink fees and rentals for the operation and maintenance, including personnel costs, of 4 rinks between September 1, 2007 and April 30, 2008 for an expanded and extended rink season; provided, that when assigning time for the use of its rinks, the division shall give priority to those which qualify under applicable state and federal law as nonprofit organizations or as a public school .............................................................................................. $1,000,000

 

2820-4420           For the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course; provided, that the division of urban parks and recreation may expend not more than  $1,100,000 from revenue collected from fees generated by the golf course; provided further, that for the purposes of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this account are positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than a full-time basis beginning not earlier than April 1 and ending not later than November 30............................ $1,100,000

 

2820-4421           For the operation and maintenance of the Leo J. Martin golf course; provided, that the division of urban parks and recreation may expend not more than  $1,100,000 from revenue collected from fees generated by the golf course; provided further, that for the purposes of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this account shall be positions requiring the services of an incumbent, on either a full-time or less than a full-time basis beginning not earlier than April 1 and ending not later than November 30 ........................... $1,100,000

 

2820-9005           For the operation of street lighting on the division of urban parks and recreation parkways; provided, that no expenditure shall be made other than in the GG object class; and provided further, that the department of conservation and recreation shall take all measures to further ensure that said department’s street lighting efforts are efficient and cost effective.............................................................................................................................................. $3,157,174

 

Division of Energy Resources.

 

7006-1000           For the operation of the division of energy resources................................................................... $1,027,121

 

7006-1001           For the residential conservation service program under chapter 465 of the acts of 1980, and the commercial and apartment conservation service program pursuant to section 11A of chapter 25A of the General Laws $201,272

 

7006-1003           For the operation of the division of energy resources; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed under section 11H of chapter 25A of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item...................................................................................................................... $441,404

 

Department of Early Education and Care.

 

3000-1000           For the administration of the department of early education and care and the costs of field operations and licensing provided through the department; provided, that funds from this item shall be expended on the development and piloting of a kindergarten readiness assessment system that is educationally sound; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended on the development of a comprehensive evaluation system for all early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided further, that the department shall report monthly to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children and families, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the secretary of administration and finance on the unduplicated number of children on waiting lists for state-subsidized early education and care programs and services; and provided further, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of early education and care, the lead agencies of community partnership councils, the child care resource and referral agencies, the department of education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of social services, and the department of public health may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive services provided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting, and policy development purposes.......................................................................................................................................... $11,567,320

 

3000-2000           For the regional administration of early education and care programs and services related to early education and care activities; provided, that the activities shall include, but not be limited to, voucher management, regional child care provider training, resource and referral for children with disabilities in child care programs, community-based programs that provide direct services to parents and coordination of waiting lists for state-subsidized early education and care; and provided further, that regional administration offices shall offer walk-in services for homeless families........................................................................................................................................................... $11,508,216

 

3000-2025           For grants to community partnership councils to maximize local participation in the programs and services of the department, and provide an opportunity for local input into departmental goals and policies; provided, that said grants shall be used by the councils to fund administrative costs, pay for program coordination and support, provide outreach to hard to reach populations, encourage comprehensive planning at the local level through interagency and community collaboration, support comprehensive services for children and families, and work to increase and improve the quality of programs; provided further, that the department shall establish a consolidated application process by which said councils may apply for any funds available to them through the department, and a means of reporting expenditures that is consistent with the line item structure of this act; provided further, that funds may be expended for administrative costs of local councils; provided further, that recipients of grants distributed from this item shall not expend more than $5,496,045 for administrative costs, as defined by the department; and provided further, that the department shall coordinate with the community partnership councils to submit a report detailing all projected administrative expenditures by council under this item, including all salaries and benefits, to the chairpersons of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairpersons of the joint education committee no later than February 1, 2008........................................................................................................................................................... $14,174,695

 

3000-2050           For the administration of the Children’s Trust Fund; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of early education and care shall collaborate with Children’s Trust Fund on the implementation of section 202 of chapter 6 of the General Laws, but shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board ........................................................................................................................ $1,323,194

 

3000-3050           For supportive early education and care associated with the family stabilization program; provided, that funds from this item shall only be expended for early education and care costs of children with active cases at the department of social services; provided further, that the department of social services and the department of early education and care are directed to design and implement standards for early education and care placements made under this item; provided further, that the department of early education and care, in collaboration with the department of social services, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for services in this item, the number of supportive slots filled, and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that no waiting list for the services shall exist; provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive said services; provided further, that if  the department determines that available appropriations for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the secretary of administration and finance, a report detailing the amount of appropriation needed to address such a deficiency; and provided further, that the commissioner of the department of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from items 3000-1000, 3000-4050 and 3000-4060, as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days before the transfer...................................... $67,298,130

 

3000-4000           For preschool programs and direct services provided to children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible, through a mixed system of service delivery including cities, towns, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, and licensed child care providers, under criteria, guidelines and eligibility established by the board of early education and care; provided, that all families receiving services through this line item shall be identified and enrolled from the centralized waiting list for financial aid maintained by the department; provided further, that children receiving services through this program shall retain priority status for future services available through the department upon attaining the age of 5, notwithstanding the receipt of services funded through this item; provided further, that in allocating the funds and evaluating grant applications, the board of early education and care shall give priority consideration to 3 and 4-year-old children in cities and towns where high concentrations of low-income working families reside; provided further, that not less than one-third of the total slots funded through this line item shall be for full-day, full-year care that meets the needs of working parents; provided further, that for the purpose of this item, appropriated funds may be expended through August 31, 2008 to allow for the continuation of individual child placements during the summer months; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town, or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town, or regional school district without municipal appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary ........................................................................................................................................................... $47,761,095

 

3000-4050           For early education and care programs for families in transition; provided, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded from this item and item 3000-3050 by category of eligibility; provided further, that the report shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 funded from this item; provided further, that recipients of benefits under the employment services program or any successor program, participants of any component activity under the program of transitional aid to families with dependent children, former recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children who are employed during the year after termination of benefits, former recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children participating in education or training programs authorized by department of transitional assistance regulations, parents under the age of 18 currently enrolled in an education or job training program who would qualify for transitional aid for families with dependent children, but for the deeming of grandparents' income, and former recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children who are employed or in an authorized period of job search as of the expiration of the transitional year, and require post-transitional early education and care vouchers, shall be paid for from this item; provided further, that recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children shall not be charged fees for care provided under this item; provided further, that early education and care for the children of teen parents receiving transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits, parents or other relatives receiving supplemental security income or otherwise not receiving the aid but whose dependent children receive the aid and teen parents at risk of becoming eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits shall be paid from this item; provided further, that all teens eligible for year-round full-time early education and care services shall be participating in school, education, work and training-related activities or a combination thereof for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations promulgated for the program of transitional aid, whether or not such teens are recipients of benefits from the program; provided further, that early education and care slots funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits shall be funded from this item; provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services; provided further, that income-eligible early education and care shall not be funded from this item; provided further, that all early education and care providers that are part of a public school system shall accept vouchers from recipients funded through this appropriation; provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive said services; and provided further, that if the department determines that available appropriations for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the secretary of administration and finance, a report detailing the amount needed to address the deficiency......................................................................................................................................................... $164,444,998

 

3000-4060           For income-eligible early education and care subsidies; provided, that income eligible subsidies shall not include the employment services child care program, transitional child care programs, or post-transitional child care programs; provided further, that the department of early education and care may not fund programs from this item unless explicitly authorized; provided further, that not less than 500 early education and care slots shall be reserved for children in the foster care program at the department of social services; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families meeting income-eligibility criteria shall be funded from this item; provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services; provided further, that early education and care slots funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that all early education and care providers that are part of a public school system shall be required to accept vouchers from recipients funded through this appropriation; provided further, that the commissioner of the department of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from items 3000-1000 and 3000-4050 as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days before the transfer; and provided further, that the department shall maintain not less than the same number of vouchers funded in fiscal year 2007....................................................................... $162,064,752

 

3000-5000           For matching funds to head start programs; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on early head start programs ........................................................................................................................................... $9,000,000

 

3000-5075           For the Massachusetts Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program; provided, that funds from this item shall be expended on grants to provide preschool programs and services to children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible, through a mixed system of service delivery; provided further, that programs designated as Massachusetts Universal Pre-Kindergarten program participants shall have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of Family Child Care or a Child Development Associate credential; provided further, the department shall make available a report on the implementation of these grants and the department’s projected timeline for making the program universally accessible over time no later than December 15, 2007, together with any legislative recommendations for the improvement of the universal preschool programs; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of a city, town, or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town, or regional school district without municipal appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary............................................................................................................................................................. $7,138,739

 

3000-6000           For early education and care quality expenditures; provided, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for resource and referral services provided through item 3000-2000; provided further, that funds shall be expended for grants to early education and care providers in the commonwealth for the costs associated with accreditation and professional development; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include community partnership councils, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, licensed child care providers, and child care resource and referral centers; provided further, that the department shall work with community partnership councils and child care resource and referral centers to identify applicants who are highly talented providers capable of meeting the rigorous accreditation requirements of these agencies; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be used to fund capital assets or equipment for for-profit providers or agencies; provided further, that the department may only expend funds appropriated in this item under the CC, MM, PP, or RR object classes; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended, obligated or transferred from this item before the submission of written certification by the commissioner to the house and senate committees on ways and means that all planned expenditures and allocations from this item shall have no fiscal impact beyond fiscal year 2008 $6,111,743

 

3000-6075           For early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided, that preference shall be given to those services designed to limit the number of expulsions and suspensions from the programs; and provided further, that eligible recipients for the grants shall include community partnership councils, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, licensed child care providers, child care resource and referral centers and other qualified entities... $2,400,000

 

3000-7000           For statewide neonatal and postnatal home parenting education and home visiting programs for at-risk newborns to be administered by the Children’s Trust Fund; provided, that the department shall collaborate with the Children’s Trust Fund, whenever feasible and appropriate, to coordinate services provided though this item with services provided through item 3000-7050 and 3000-7070 in order to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that the services shall be made available statewide to parents under the age of 21 years; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, priority for such services shall be given to low-income parents ......................................................................................................................................................... “$12,763,844

 

3000-7050           For grants to programs which improve the parenting skills of participants in early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided, that not less than $5,395,694 shall be expended on the Mass Family Networks program; and provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for grants for the home-based parenting, family literacy, and school readiness program known as the Parent-Child Home Program.............. $8,395,694

 

3000-7070           For matching grants to fund the Reach Out and Read program, to provide books to at-risk children through book distribution programs established in community health centers, medical practices and hospitals for at-risk children; provided, that the funds distributed through this program shall be contingent upon a match of not less than $1 in private or corporate contributions for every $1 in state funding distributed through the grant program; and provided further, that the department shall, to the maximum extent feasible, coordinate services provided though this item with services provided through items 3000-7000 and 3000-7050 in order to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department $1,000,000

 

Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Office of the Secretary.

 

4000-0112           For matching grants to boys’ and girls’ clubs, YMCA and YWCA organizations, nonprofit community centers, and youth development programs; provided, that the secretary of health and human services shall award the full amount of each grant to each organization upon commitment of matching funds from the organization; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Greater Worcester YMCA youth programs; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the YMCA of Greater Lynn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Oak Square YMCA that will service teens from ages 13 to 17, inclusive; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Chelsea YMCA; that not less than $3,300,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for the young parents program of the Newton Community Service Centers; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the public partnership program between the greater Lynn YMCA and YWCA and the public partnership program between the town of Saugus and the Saugus YMCA and YWCA; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for programs at the Northeast Family YMCA; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for programs at the YWCA of Newburyport; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Project Adventure Youth Leadership Program administered by Family Services Incorporated of Lawrence; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for programs at the Girls Incorporated of Holyoke drop-in center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for programs at the Fishing Academy, Incorporated; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for programs at the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Methuen; provided further, that not less that $300,000 shall be expended for the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for youth and family programs at the West Suburban YMCA; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for health and wellness programming at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the YMCA of Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Springfield Day Nursery; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Franklin Community Action Corporation for youth services; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Dot-Well youth services and out of school time activities; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for youth programs in Massachusetts administered by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Children’s Friend and Family Services of Salem; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a community fitness and nutrition program for youth in the town of Watertown operated by Boston Boxing and Fitness, Inc.; and provided further, that the secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the exact amount distributed in fiscal year 2008 by February 1, 2008; and provided further, that an amount not to exceed $35,000 shall be provided in a matching grant to United Way of Tri-County for services at the Milford Youth Center; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 be expended for programs and improvements at the Haverhill YWCA............................................................................................................................................................. $5,480,000

 

4000-0265           For a primary care workforce development and loan forgiveness grant program at community health centers, for the purpose of enhancing recruitment and retention of primary care physicians and other clinicians at community health centers throughout the Commonwealth; provided, that the grant shall be administered by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers in consultation with the secretary of the executive office of health and human services and relevant member agencies; and provided further, that the funds shall be matched by other private funds         $1,700,000

 

4000-0300           For the operation of the executive office, including the operation of the managed care oversight board; provided, that the executive office shall provide technical and administrative assistance to agencies under the purview of the secretariat receiving federal funds; provided further, that the executive office and its agencies, when contracting for services on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, shall take into consideration the increased costs associated with the provision of goods, services, and housing on said islands; provided further, that the executive office shall monitor the expenditures and completion timetables for systems development projects and enhancements undertaken by all agencies under the purview of the secretariat, and shall ensure that all measures are taken to make such systems compatible with one another for enhanced interagency interaction; provided further, that the executive office shall continue to develop and implement the common client identifier; provided further, that the executive office shall ensure that any collaborative assessments for children receiving services from multiple agencies within the secretariat shall be performed within existing resources; provided further, that funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for the administrative, contracted services and non-personnel systems costs related to the implementation and operation of programs authorized by sections 9A to 9C, inclusive, and sections 16B and 16C of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that the costs shall include, but not be limited to, pre-admission screening, utilization review, medical consultants, disability determination reviews, health benefit managers, interagency service agreements, the management and operation of the central automated vendor payment system, including the recipient eligibility verification system, vendor contracts to upgrade and enhance the central automated vendor payment system, the Medicaid management information system and the recipient eligibility verification system MA21, costs related to the information technology chargebacks, contractors responsible for system maintenance and development, personal computers and other information technology equipment; provided further, that 50 per cent of the cost of provider point of service eligibility verification devices purchased shall be assumed by the providers utilizing the devices; provided further, that the executive office shall assume the full cost of provider point of service eligibility verification devices utilized by any and all participating dental care providers; provided further, that in consultation with the division of health care finance and policy, no rate increase shall be provided to existing Medicaid provider rates without taking all measures possible under Title XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure that rates of payment to providers do not exceed such rates as are necessary to meet only those costs which must be incurred by efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that expenditures for the purposes of each item appropriated for the purpose of programs authorized by chapter 118E of the General Laws shall be accounted for according to such purpose on the Massachusetts management accounting and reporting system not more than 10 days after the expenditures have been made by the Medicaid management information system; provided further, that no expenditures shall be made for the purpose of  programs that are not federally reimbursable, except as specifically authorized herein, or unless made for cost containment efforts; provided further, that the executive office may continue to recover provider overpayments made in the current and prior fiscal years through the Medicaid management information system, and that the recoveries shall be considered current fiscal year expenditure refunds; provided further, that the executive office may collect directly from a liable third party any amounts paid to contracted providers under chapter 118E of the General Laws for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for the purpose of funding interpretive services directly or indirectly related to a settlement or resolution agreement, with the office of civil rights or any other office, group or entity; provided further, that interpretive services currently provided shall not give rise to enforceable legal rights for any party or to an enforceable entitlement to interpretive services; provided further, that the federal financial participation received from claims filed for the costs of outreach and eligibility activities performed at certain hospitals or by community health centers which are funded in whole or in part by federally permissible in-kind services or provider donations from the hospitals or health centers, shall be credited to this item and may be expended without further appropriation in an amount specified in the agreement with each donating provider hospital or health center; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office shall require the commissioner of mental health to approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness in accordance with written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 118G of the General Laws or any general or special law to the contrary, for fiscal year 2008 the definition of a “pediatric specialty unit” shall include an acute care hospital with a burn center verified by the American Burn Center and the American College of Surgeons and a level 1 trauma center for pediatrics verified by the American College of Surgeons; provided further, that a pediatric specialty unit shall be exempt from the inpatient and outpatient efficiency standards being applied to their rate methodology; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in MassHealth receiving inpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric subspecialty units as defined in section 1 of chapter 118G of the General Laws, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment, if necessary, sufficient to assure that inpatient SPAD and outlier payments for discharges with a case mix acuity greater than 5.0 shall be at least equal to 85 per cent of the expenses incurred in providing services to those children; provided further, that the executive office, in fiscal year 2008, shall not eliminate payment to hospital outpatient departments for primary care provided to MassHealth members; provided further, that the executive office shall not reduce the outpatient rates for any specialty hospital which limits its admissions to patients under active diagnosis and treatment of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, below that which was granted during hospital fiscal year 2005; provided further, that a new methodology shall be established for rates reimbursed by the commonwealth through the division of health care finance and policy and the executive office of health and human services to cover the cost of care provided by any health care facility licensed by the department of public health as a non-acute chronic hospital with no fewer than 500 licensed beds as of June 30, 2007, with no fewer than 150,000 Medicaid patient days in the state fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, and with an established geriatric teaching program for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals, as follows: (1) the rate for any such facility shall be developed collaboratively through an agreement among the office of Medicaid, the division of health care finance and policy, and any such health care facility; provided, that the process for development of this rate shall include a mechanism to adjust the rate to account for costs outside the reasonable control of the facility that may arise after the rate has been established; (2) the reimbursement methodology shall incorporate the following components: (a) utilization of the payment methodology in effect during fiscal year 2006 together with the most recent 403 cost report filed with the division of health care finance and policy, (b) a per diem rate shall be established which reimburses the full cost, including capital, for both acute and administratively necessary services, (c) a separate per diem rate shall be established which reimburses the full cost, including capital, for long term care services, (d) both rates shall include the full cost, not otherwise reimbursed, of teaching and research activities, and (e) rates shall be inflated over the base year period by the applicable medicare market basket inflation factors; (3) until such time as the new reimbursement methodology is established pursuant to this section, the per diem rates for any such facility shall be increased by at least 13 dollars per day over the rates in effect on April 1, 2007 for the year starting July 1, 2007, and by 5 percent annually for each subsequent year; provided, that notwithstanding this section or any contractual or other provision of law, such facility shall have the right to an increase to the rate then in effect to account for costs outside the reasonable control of such facility that may arise; and (4) notwithstanding any other provision of law, in no event will the rates of payment be lower than the highest rate in effect for such facility in the previous state fiscal year; provided further, that the secretary shall ensure that all Medicaid benefit restorations, program expansions, and rate increases required pursuant to chapter 58 of the acts of 2006 are implemented in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that the executive office shall include smoking and tobacco use cessation treatment and information within MassHealth covered services pursuant to section 108 of chapter 58 of the acts of 2006; provided further, that with respect to section 6036 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the executive office shall assist applicants and recipients born in Massachusetts to obtain a copy of a birth certificate for the purpose of establishing eligibility for Medicaid at no cost to said individuals, and shall provide such additional assistance as may be needed by those applicants and recipients born outside of Massachusetts; provided further, that the executive office shall not, by amendment to the state plan or amendment to the section 1115 demonstration program, elect any state option to increase premiums and cost sharing or reduce benefits pursuant to sections 1916A and 1937 of the Social Security Act as amended by chapter 4 of Title VI of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109171 with respect to any category of persons eligible for medical benefits under chapter 118E as said chapter was in effect on January 1, 2006, unless the executive office has given 90 days notice to the legislature and has received approval of the proposed plan from a majority of the legislature; provided further, that the executive office shall develop a process whereby all participating providers who have signed the Virtual Gateway Services Agreement shall have access to the contents of the consolidated summary of any individual’s application submitted through the virtual gateway; provided further, that said information access shall comply with all HIPPA requirements and state privacy laws; provided further, that not later than September 1, 2007, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing planned fiscal year 2008 expenditures by the executive office as funded by chargebacks to the 17 executive office cluster agencies; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for a Health Care Reform Outreach and Education unit within the executive office for the purpose of coordinating statewide activities in marketing, outreach, and the dissemination of educational materials related to state law changes contained in Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006; provided further, that the unit shall collaborate with the office of Medicaid, the executive office of administration and finance, the division of unemployment assistance, the department of revenue, the division of insurance, and the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority to develop common strategies and guidelines for providing informational support and assistance to consumers, employers, and businesses;  and provided further, that any projection of deficiency in item 4000-0320, 4000-0430, 4000-0500, 4000-0600, 4000-0700, 4000-0870, 4000-0875, 4000-0890, 4000-0895, 4000-0990, 4000-1400 or 4000-1405, shall be reported to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 90 days before the projected exhaustion of funding and that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2008......................................................................................................................................................... $142,657,808

 

4000-0301           For the costs of MassHealth provider and member audit and utilization review activities including, but not limited to, eligibility verification, disability evaluations, provider financial and clinical audits and other initiatives intended to enhance program integrity.............................................................................................................. $2,200,000

 

4000-0320           The executive office may expend an amount not to exceed $225,000,000 from the monies received from recoveries of any current or prior year expenditures and collections from liens, estate recoveries, third party recoveries, drug rebates, accident and trauma recoveries, case mix recoveries, computer audits, insurance recoveries, provider overpayment recoveries, bankruptcy settlements, Masspro and Healthpro refunds, Medicaid fraud returns, data match returns, Medicare appeals, and program and utilization review audits; provided, that additional categories of recoveries and collections, including the balance of any personal needs accounts collected from nursing and other medical institutions upon a recipient’s death and held by the executive office for more than 3 years, may, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, be credited to this item; provided further, that any revenues collected by the division that are not attributable to the aforementioned categories shall be deposited in the General Fund and shall be tracked separately; provided further, that additional categories of recoveries and collections may be credited to this item after providing written notice to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be used for the purposes of item 4000-0300; and provided further, that expenditures from this item shall be limited solely to payments for the provision of medical care and assistance rendered in the current fiscal year......................................................................................................................................................... $225,000,000

 

4000-0352           For MassHealth enrollment outreach grants to public and private nonprofit groups to be administered by the executive office in consultation with the Health Care Reform Outreach and Education Unit; provided, that grants shall be awarded to groups statewide, including areas in which the United States Census deems there exists a high percentage of uninsured individuals and areas in which there are limited health care providers; provided further, that funds shall be awarded as grants to community and consumer-focused public and private nonprofit groups to provide enrollment assistance, education and outreach activities directly to consumers who may be eligible for MassHealth, the Commonwealth Care Program, or the Commonwealth Choice Program, and who may require individualized support due to geography, ethnicity, race, culture, immigration or disease status and representative of communities throughout the commonwealth; provided further, that funds shall be allocated to provide informational support and technical assistance to recipient organizations and to promote appropriate and effective enrollment activities through the statewide health access network; provided further, that the cost of information support and technical assistance shall not exceed 10 per cent of the appropriation and shall not be used to defray current state obligations to provide this assistance; and provided further, that the secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the exact amounts distributed in fiscal year 2008 by February 1, 2008 and the extent to which any portion of resulting expenditures are eligible for federal reimbursement ................................................... $3,500,000

 

4000-0355 For the operation of a health care quality and cost council established pursuant to section 16K of chapter 6A of the General Laws to promote high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care………………………………….…$1,000,000

 

4000-0430           For the CommonHealth program to provide primary and supplemental medical care and assistance to disabled adults and children under sections 9A, 16 and 16A of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the executive office shall maximize federal reimbursement for state expenditures made on behalf of such adults and children; provided further, that children shall be determined eligible for the medical care and assistance if they meet the disability standards as defined by the executive office, which standards shall be no more restrictive than the standards in effect on July 1, 1996; and provided further, that the executive office shall process CommonHealth applications within 45 days of receipt of a completed application or within 90 days if a determination of disability is required $101,582,264

 

4000-0500           For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients under the executive office’s primary care clinician/mental health and substance abuse plan or through a health maintenance organization under contract with the executive office and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under clauses (a), (b), (c), (d) and (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A and section 16C of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the secretary of health and human services and the commissioner of mental health shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means relative to the performance of the managed care organization under contract with the executive office to administer the mental health and substance abuse benefit; provided further, that such quarterly reports shall include, but not be limited to, analyses of utilization trends, quality of care and costs across all service categories and modalities of care purchased from providers through the mental health and substance abuse program, including those services provided to clients of the department of mental health; provided further, that in conjunction with the new Medicaid management information system project, said executive office shall continue to study the feasibility of modifying its claim payment system, in collaboration with the MassHealth behavioral health contractor, to routinely process for payment valid claims for medically necessary covered medical services to eligible recipients with psychiatric and substance abuse diagnoses on a timely basis in an effort to avoid delay and expenses incurred by lengthy appeals processes; provided further, that said secretary shall report to the house and senate committee on ways and means any proposed modifications to said payment system, and a timeline of steps to be taken to implement said modifications; provided further, that not less than $14,000,000 shall be expended for disproportionate share payments for inpatient services provided at pediatric specialty hospitals and units, including pediatric chronic and rehabilitation long-term care hospitals as allowable under federal law; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 of said $14,000,000 shall be expended as a grant to said pediatric chronic and rehabilitation long-term care hospital for which federal financial participation and federal approval need not be obtained; provided further, that $11,900,000 shall be expended on disproportionate share payments to high public payer hospitals; provided further, that the executive office shall ensure that actuarially sound rates for a publicly-operated entity pursuant to section 122 of chapter 58 of the acts of 2006 are implemented in fiscal year 2008; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of health and human services shall not reassign to a managed care plan under contract with the office of MassHealth the behavioral health benefit of any eligible person when the benefit is managed by MassHealth’s specialty behavioral health managed care contactor, after the benefit is elected by or initially assigned to that person, unless the person provides written or verbal consent to the reassignment; provided further that, no later than December 1, 2007, the office of Medicaid shall submit a Medicaid Transformation Grant, federal funding opportunity number HHS-2007-CMS-MTG-0010, to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to fund a MassHealth e-Prescribing pilot project to introduce electronic prescription writing (e-prescribing) to Medicaid providers for developing, piloting, evaluating and rolling out a real-time decision support solution that can be integrated into providers’ workflow that will be accomplished by integrating prior authorization, preferred drug lookup, and other components of Affiliated Computer Services’(ACS, Mass Health’s claims processing contractor) application used by MassHealth providers with the Rx Gateway for prescription routing and related services already under development by MA-SHARE (Massachusetts Simplifying Healthcare Among Regional Entities), the commonwealth’s public-private collaborative for health information exchange; and provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall forward a copy of this application to the house and senate committee on ways and means and the house and senate chairpersons of the joint committee on health care financing ……………………........... $2,953,356,169

 

Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

 

4000-0600           For health care services provided to MassHealth members who are seniors, and for the operation of the senior care options program under section 9D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the ‘community choices’ initiative; provided further, that benefit for this demonstration project shall not be reduced below the services provided in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the eligibility requirements for this demonstration project shall not be more restrictive than those established in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the projected costs and the number of individuals served by the “community choices” initiative in fiscal year 2008 delineated by the federal poverty level; provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than February 1, 2008; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the regulations, criteria and standards for determining admission to and continued stay in a nursing home in fiscal year 2008 shall not be more restrictive than those regulations, criteria and standards in effect on January 1, 2004 until the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs submit a multi-year plan to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing the suggested timeline for phasing in changes to nursing home clinical criteria, provided that these changes shall not adversely affect current nursing home residents and shall not jeopardize the effectiveness of the 2176 home and community based waiver; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for any nursing home or non-acute chronic disease hospital that provides kosher food to its residents, the department, in consultation with the division, in recognition of the unique special innovative program status granted by the executive office, shall continue to make the standard payment rates established in fiscal year 2006 to reflect the high dietary costs incurred in providing kosher food; provided further, that funds shall be expended for the purpose of a housing with services demonstration project known as the ‘Caring Homes’ initiative designed to delay or prevent nursing home placement by providing care-giving services to an elder; provided further, that under said demonstration project, eligible MassHealth enrollees shall be able to live in the home of an individual or relative, with the exception of spouses and dependent children, to provide for their long term supports, pursuant to regulations promulgated by said executive office; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, not less than $5,000,000 shall be expended from this item for the purpose of providing an increase to $72.80 per month in the personal needs allowance for individuals residing in nursing homes and rest homes who are eligible for MassHealth, Emergency Aid to the Elderly Disabled and Children program or Supplemental Security Income; provided further, that no less than $270,000 shall be expended for nursing facility pre-admission counseling for long-term care services, which shall include an assessment of community-based options; provided further, that in fiscal year 2008, the division of health care finance and policy shall adjust rates for providers of adult day health by no less than $2,000,000 in the aggregate, which shall be above any previously authorized rate increase; and provided further, that effective July 1, 2007 for the fiscal year ending June 30 2008, the division of health care finance and policy shall establish MassHealth nursing facility rates that result in payments to nursing facilities that are not less than $80,000,000 above the payments made to said facilities in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that not later than October 1, 2007,  the Office of Medicaid shall submit a Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration grant in accordance with section 6071 of the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, P.L. 109-171, to assist individuals seeking to transition from institutions who wish to live in the community; and provided further, that the Office of Medicaid shall forward a copy of this application to the house and senate committee on ways and means, the house and senate chairpersons of the joint committee on elder affairs, and the house and senate chairpersons of the joint committee on health care financing; and provided further, that the executive office of elder affairs shall make no change in the reimbursement system or operations of adult day health programs as they relate to transportation of program participants, except that the executive office may grant periodic rate increases, as appropriate, for transportation services ……………………. $2,034,547,985

 

4000-0640           For nursing facility Medicaid rates; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in fiscal year 2008 the division of health care finance and policy shall establish nursing facility Medicaid rates that cumulatively total $288,500,000 more than the annual payment rates established by the division under the rates in effect as of June 30, 2002; provided further, that the division shall adjust per diem rates to reflect any reductions in Medicaid utilization; provided further, that the payments made pursuant to this line item shall be allocated in the following manner in fiscal year 2008: (1) effective July 1, 2007, an annual amount of $99,000,000 in the aggregate to fund the use of 2000 base year cost information for rate determination purposes; provided, that not more than $9,000,000 of this amount shall be expended for purposes of reimbursing nursing facilities for up to 10 bed hold days for patients of the facility on medical and non-medical leaves of absence; (2) effective July 1, 2007, an annual amount of $122,500,000 for enhanced payment rates to nursing homes; (3) effective July 1, 2007, an annual amount of $50,000,000 to fund a rate add-on for wages, hours and benefits and related employee costs of direct care staff of nursing homes; provided further, that as a condition for such a rate add-on, the division shall require that each nursing home document to the division that such funds are spent only on direct care staff by increasing the wages, hours and benefits of direct care staff, increasing the facility’s staff-to-patient ratio, or by demonstrably improving the facility’s recruitment and retention of nursing staff to provide quality care, which shall include expenditure of funds for nursing facilities which document actual nursing spending that is  higher than the median nursing cost per management minute in the base year used to calculate Medicaid nursing facility rates; provided further, that a facility’s direct care staff shall include all nursing personnel including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nurses’ aides hired by the facility from any temporary nursing agency or nursing pool registered with the department of public health, provided further, that the division shall credit wage increases that are over and above any previously collectively bargained wage increases; provided further, that in monitoring compliance for this rate add-on, the division’s regulations shall adjust any spending compliance test to reflect any Medicaid nursing facility payment reductions, including, but not limited to, rate reductions imposed on or after October 1, 2002; provided further, that the expenditure of these funds shall be subject to audit by the division in consultation with the department of public health and the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that in implementing this section, the division shall consult with the Nursing Home Advisory Council; (4) effective July 1, 2007, an annual amount of $16,450,000 (a) to fund rate adjustments for reasonable capital expenditures by nursing homes, giving priority to nursing homes located or constructed in under-bedded areas as determined by the executive office, in consultation with the division, that meet quality standards established by the executive office of health and human services in conjunction with the department of public health and the division for the purposes of encouraging the upgrading and maintenance of quality of care in nursing homes; and (b) to fund rate adjustments to eligible nursing homes that meet utilization standards established by the executive office of health and human services in conjunction with the division for the purpose of reducing unnecessary nursing home admissions and facilitating the return of nursing home residents to non-institutional settings; provided further, that to the extent that the annual amount of $16,450,000 in this clause is not fully allocated, the division shall provide operating rate adjustments in equal amounts to the following nursing homes: (a) publicly-operated nursing homes located in the cities of Taunton and Holyoke, and (b) a geographically isolated nursing home located in the town of Oak Bluffs; (5) $300,000 for the purposes of an audit of funds distributed under clause (3); provided further, that the division, in consultation with the department of public health and with the assistance of the executive office of health and human services, shall establish penalties sufficient to deter noncompliance to be imposed against any facility that expends any or all monies in violation of clause (3), including but not limited to recoupment, assessment of fines or interest; provided further, that the division shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 1, 2007 a preliminary analysis of funds expended under this subsection in fiscal year 2007 and a description and timeline for auditing of these funds; (6) $250,000 to fund expenses of the division related to the implementation and administration of section 25 of chapter 118G of the General Laws; and (7) an amount sufficient to implement section 622 of chapter 151 of the acts of 1996; and provided further, that any additional funds that may become available through this item due to decreased Medicaid utilization shall first fund a per-diem rate add-on for large Medicaid providers as specified in 114.2 CMR 6.06 (10) (a), as in effect on September 1, 2003 and then fund further enhanced rates to nursing homes.............................................................................................. $288,500,000

 

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

 

4000-0700           For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients under the executive office’s health care indemnity/ third party liability plan and medical assistance recipients not otherwise covered under the executive office’s managed care or senior care plans, and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under clauses (a), (b), (c), (d) and (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A and section 16C of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that children who have aged out of the custody of the department of social services shall be eligible for benefits until they reach age 21, subject to federal approval; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that notwithstanding the foregoing, funds may be expended from this item for the purchase of third party insurance including, but not limited to, Medicare for any medical assistance recipient including, but not limited to, seniors; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for activities relating to disability determinations or utilization management and review, including patient screenings and evaluations, regardless of whether such activities are performed by a state agency, contractor, agent or provider; and provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report to the executive office of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2008 detailing the activities described in the preceding proviso to be expended from this item during fiscal year 2008; and provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended to pay for an increase in Medicaid rates for community health centers, as defined in section 1 of chapter 118G of the General Laws..................................................................... $1,737,883,409

 

4000-0870           For health care services provided to adults participating in the medical assistance program pursuant to clause (g) of subsection (2) of section 9A of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years .............................. $117,823,707

 

4000-0875           For the provision of benefits to eligible women who require medical treatment for either breast or cervical cancer in accordance with 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XVIII) of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act of 2000, Public Law 106-354, and in accordance with section 10D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that the executive office shall provide those benefits to women whose income, as determined by the executive office, does not exceed 250 per cent of the federal poverty level, subject to continued federal approval; provided further, that eligibility for the benefits shall be extended solely for the duration of the cancerous condition; provided further, that before the provision of any benefits covered by this item, the executive office shall require screening for either breast or cervical cancer at the comprehensive breast and cervical cancer early detection program operated by the department of public health, in accordance with item 4570-1512 of section 2D; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these recipients in prior fiscal years ..................... $5,422,343

 

4000-0890           For the cost of health insurance subsidies and premium subsidies paid to employers and to employees of small businesses participating in the insurance reimbursement program under section 9C of chapter 118E of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section 23 chapter 58 of the acts of 2006; provided, that the executive office of health and human services shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office of administration and finance monthly expenditure data for the program, including the total number of employers participating in the program, the percentage of the employers who purchased health insurance for employees prior to participating in the program and total monthly expenditures delineated by payments to small employers and self-employed persons for individual, 2-person family and family subsidies $41,580,509

 

4000-0895           For the healthy start program to provide medical care and assistance to pregnant women and infants residing in the commonwealth pursuant to section 10E of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that the executive office shall no later than February 14, 2008, report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the population served by the program delineated by the federal poverty level; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these persons in prior fiscal years................ $18,135,134

 

4000-0990           For the children’s medical security plan to provide primary and preventive health services for uninsured children from birth through age 18; provided, that the executive office shall prescreen enrollees and applicants for Medicaid eligibility; provided further, that no applicant shall be enrolled in the program until the applicant has been denied eligibility for the MassHealth program; provided further, that the MassHealth benefit request shall be used as a joint application to determine the eligibility for both MassHealth and the children’s medical security plan; provided further, that the executive office shall maximize federal reimbursements for state expenditures made on behalf of the children; provided further, that the executive office shall expend all necessary funds from this item to ensure the provision of the maximum benefit levels for this program, as authorized by section 10F of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that the maximum benefit levels for this program shall be made available only to those children who have been determined by the executive office to be ineligible for MassHealth benefits; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these persons in prior fiscal years $15,223,144

 

4000-1400           For the purposes of providing MassHealth benefits to persons with a diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus with incomes up to 200 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to these persons in prior fiscal years.................................................. $16,591,488

 

4000-1405           For the operation of the essential program under section 10G of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that the secretary may limit or close enrollment if necessary in order to ensure that expenditures from this item do not exceed the amount appropriated herein; provided, however, that the limitation shall not be implemented unless the secretary has given 90 days notice to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing; and provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years..................................................................................................... $251,837,625

 

4000-1420           For the purposes of making payment to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in compliance with Title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended by the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003................................................................................................................................................. $233,916,047

 

4003-0122           For a Citizenship for New Americans Program to assist legal permanent residents in the commonwealth in becoming citizens of the United States; provided, that the office for refugees and immigrants be charged with administering the program; provided further, that said program shall be provided through community-based organizations to the maximum extent possible as determined by the office for refugees and immigrants; provided further, that the program funded by this item provides assistance to persons who are within 3 years of eligibility to become citizens of the United States; and provided further, that services shall be designed to include: ESOL/civics classes, citizenship application assistance, interview preparation and support services such as interpretation and referral services $500,000

 

 

Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.

 

4100-0060           For the operation of the division and the administration of the uncompensated care pool established pursuant to chapter 118G of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the assessment to acute hospitals authorized pursuant to section 5 of said chapter 118G for the estimated expenses of the division shall include in fiscal year 2008, the estimated expenses, including indirect costs, of the division and shall be equal to the amount appropriated in this item less amounts projected to be collected in fiscal year 2008 from: (1) filing fees; (2) fees and charges generated by the division’s publication or dissemination of reports and information; and (3) federal financial participation received as reimbursement for the division’s administrative costs; provided further, that the division shall promulgate regulations requiring all hospitals receiving payments from the uncompensated care pool or the health safety net fund to report to the division the following utilization information: the number of inpatient admissions and outpatient visits by age category, income category, diagnostic category and average charge per admission; provided further, that the division shall submit quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means a summary report compiling said data; provided further, that the division, in consultation with the executive office of health and human services, shall not promulgate any increase in Medicaid provider rates without taking all measures possible under Title XIX of the Social Security Act or any successor federal statute to ensure that rates of payment to providers do not exceed such rates as are necessary to meet only those costs incurred by efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that the division shall meet the reporting requirements of section 25 of chapter 203 of the acts of 1996; provided further, that funds may be expended for the purposes of a survey and study of the uninsured and underinsured in the commonwealth, including the health insurance needs of the residents of the commonwealth; provided further, that said study shall examine the overall impact of programs administered by the executive office of health and human services on the uninsured, the underinsured, and the role of employers in assisting their employees in affording health insurance pursuant to section 23 of chapter 118G of the General Laws; provided further, that the division shall publish annual reports on the financial condition of hospitals and other health care providers through the Health Benchmarks project website, in collaboration with the executive office of health and human services, the office of the attorney general, and the University of Massachusetts; provided further, that the division shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 6, 2007 a report detailing utilization of the uncompensated care pool; provided further, that the report shall include: (1) the number of persons in the commonwealth whose medical expenses were billed to the pool in fiscal year 2007; (2) the total dollar amount billed to the pool in fiscal year 2007; (3) the demographics of the population using the pool and (4) the types of services paid for out of the pool funds in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the division shall include in the report an analysis on hospitals’ responsiveness to enrolling eligible individuals into the MassHealth program upon the date of service rather than charging those individuals to the uncompensated care pool; provided further, that the division shall include in the report possible disincentives the state could provide to hospitals to discourage such behavior; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law or rule or regulation to the contrary, the division shall not allow any exceptions to the usual and customary charge defining rule as defined in 114.3 CMR 31.02, for the purposes of drug cost reimbursement to eligible pharmacy providers for publicly aided and industrial accident patients; provided further, that the division is hereby authorized to change the pricing standard used by said division when determining the rate of payment to pharmacy providers for prescribed drugs for publicly-aided or industrial accident patients if such a change would financially benefit the commonwealth; and provided further, the division shall prepare a report on the savings realized by the MassHealth Pharmacy Program, for the first 3 months of fiscal year 2008, as a result of the reimbursement rate reductions for multiple source drugs for which upper limits have been set by the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid services; provided further, that using said data, the division shall also estimate the program savings for fiscal year 2008; provided further, that the division shall forward a copy of this report to the secretary of administration and finance, and to the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than November 15, 2007; and provided further the division, after consultation with the secretary and the chairpersons of the ways and means committees, may adjust pharmacy dispensing fees for multiple source prescription drugs to compensate for any reduction as a result of the upper limits implemented under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005; and provided further, that the division shall submit to the house and senate committees on way and mean and the joint committee on heath care financing, not later than December 6, 2007, a report detailing rate or other payment appeals submitted to the division by skilled nursing facilities and rest homes including: (1) the initial date of appeal, (2) the amount of payment in dispute, (3) the status of each  appeal, and (4) the commonwealth’s response and date issued .................................. $13,979,008

 

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

 

4110-0001           For the office of the commissioner; provided, that the commissioner may transfer funds between items 4110-0001, 4110-1000, 4110-1010, 4110-1020, 4110-2000, 4110-2001, 4110-3010 and 4110-4000; provided further, that the amount transferred from any of the items stated in this item shall not exceed 5 per cent of the total amount appropriated for that item; provided further, that 30 days before any such transfer, the commissioner shall submit an allocation plan detailing the distribution of the funds to be transferred to the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that amounts appropriated to the commission in fiscal year 2008 that extend or expand services beyond the level of services provided in fiscal year 2007 shall not annualize above those amounts in fiscal year 2009        $1,121,558

 

4110-1000           For the community services program; provided, that the Massachusetts commission for the blind shall work in collaboration with the Massachusetts commission for the deaf and hard of hear­ing to provide assistance and services to the deaf-blind community through the deaf-blind community access network; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the talking information center; and provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Audible Local Ledger of Falmouth.................................................................. $4,367,118

 

4110-1010           For aid to the adult blind; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for burial expenses incurred in the prior fiscal year .......................................................................................................................................... $8,351,643

 

4110-1020           For eligibility determination for the medical assistance program for the blind; provided, that the commission shall work with the executive office of health and human services, the department of mental retardation and other state agencies to maximize federal reimbursement for clients so determined through this item including, but not limited to, reimbursement for home and community-based waiver clients .............................................................................. $329,438

 

4110-2000           For the turning 22 program of the commission; provided, that the commission shall work in conjunction with the department of mental retardation to secure the maximum amount of federal reimbursements available for the care of turning 22 clients; and provided further, that the commission shall work in conjunction with the department of mental retardation to secure similar rates for contracted residential services .................................... $9,908,799

 

4110-2001           For services to clients of the department who turn 22 years of age during state fiscal year 2008; provided, that the amount spent from this item shall not annualize to more than $330,000 in fiscal year 2009; provided further, that the commission shall work in conjunction with the department of mental retardation to secure the maximum amount of federal reimbursements available for the care of turning 22 clients; and provided further, that the commission shall work in conjunction with the department of mental retardation to secure similar rates for contracted residential services ................................................................................................................................................................ $175,000

 

4110-3010           For a program of vocational rehabilitation for the blind in cooperation with the federal government; provided, that no funds from the federal vocational rehabilitation grants or state appropriation shall be deducted for pensions, group health and life insurance, or any other such indirect cost of federally reimbursed state employees; and provided further, that $154,000 shall be expended on the Carroll Center for the Blind......................................... $2,906,179

 

4110-4000           For the administration of the Ferguson Industries for the Blind; provided, that retired workshop employees shall receive grants equal to 3/4 of the salaries of current workshop employees; and provided further, that any funds received for goods and services purchased by private and public sector entities at Ferguson Industries shall be remitted to the General Fund .................................................................................................................................... $1,902,202

 

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

 

4120-1000           For the operation of the commission; provided, that the commissioner may transfer funds between items 4120-1000, 4120-2000, 4120-3000, 4120-4000, 4120-4001, 4120-4010, 4120-5000, and 4120-6000; provided further, that the amount transferred from any of the items stated in this item shall not exceed 5 per cent of the total amount appropriated for that item; provided further, that 30 days before any such transfer, the commissioner shall submit an allocation plan to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the distribution of the funds to be transferred; provided further, that amounts appropriated to the commission that extend or expand services beyond the level of services provided in fiscal year 2007 shall not annualize above those amounts in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that the commissioner shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance on the number of clients served and the amount expended on each type of service; provided further, that upon the written request of the commissioner of revenue, the commission shall provide lists of individual clients to whom or on behalf of whom payments have been made for the purpose of verifying eligibility and detecting and preventing fraud, error and abuse in the programs administered by the commission; and provided further, that the lists shall include client names and social security numbers and payee names and other identification, if different from a client’s................................................................................................................................................... $586,400

 

4120-2000           For vocational rehabilitation services operated in cooperation with the federal government; provided, that no funds from the federal vocational rehabilitation grant or state appropriation shall be deducted for pensions, group health and life insurance and any other such indirect cost of the federally-reimbursed state employees; provided further, that the commissioner, in making referrals to service providers, shall take into account the client’s place of residence and the geographic proximity of the nearest provider to the residence................................................. $8,047,949

 

4120-3000           For employment assistance services; provided, that vocational evaluation and employment services for severely disabled adults may, subject to appropriation, be provided...................................................................... $8,381,622

 

4120-4000           For independent living assistance service; provided, that not less than $949,295 shall be expended for assistive technology devices and training for individuals with severe disabilities; provided further, that $3,840,000 shall be expended for the independent living centers contracted with the commission; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the SHARE Foundation at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Joseph F. Timilty Adult Day Health and Memory Loss Center;.................................................................................................................................................... $11,501, 483

 

4120-4001           For the housing registry for the disabled ............................................................................................. $88,889

 

4120-4010           For services to clients of the department who turn 22 years of age; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item shall not annualize to more than $1,513,272 in state fiscal year 2009 .......................................... $764,242

 

4120-5000           For homemaking services ................................................................................................................... $5,647,594

 

4120-5050           The Massachusetts rehabilitation commission may expend not more than $330,000 in revenues for expanded independent living and employment services from federal reimbursements received for services provided by the commission; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate reported in the state accounting system    $330,000

 

4120-6000           For head injured services; provided, that the commission shall work with the executive office of health and human services to maximize federal reimbursement for clients receiving head injured services; provided further, that the commission shall expend funds on a 24-hour basis for persons with severe head injuries in western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Cape Cod head injury program; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended on the Keeping Every Youth Safe program at the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association............................................................................................................... $10,017,606

 

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

4125-0100           For the operation of and services provided by the Massachusetts commission for the deaf and hard of hearing ............................................................................................................................................................. $5,669,885

 

4125-0102           For the costs associated with the provision of interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing at state house public hearings and events ............................................................................................................................. $12,120

 

Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts.

 

4180-0100           For the maintenance and operation of the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts located in the city of Chelsea, including a specialized unit for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients and the soldier’s home school of practical nursing; provided, that graduates from the school of nursing shall work in state-operated facilities for at least 1 year; provided further, that no fee, assessment or other charge shall be imposed upon or required of any person for any outpatient treatment, admission or hospitalization which exceeds the amount of fees charged in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505; and provided further, that no new fee, assessment or other charge shall be implemented in fiscal year 2008 except those associated with the use of telephones and televisions........................................................................................................................................................... $25,492,788

 

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

 

4190-0100           For the maintenance and operation of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, including the adult day care program, the Maguder House and the Chapin Mansion; provided, that no fee, assessment or other charge shall be imposed upon or required of any person for any outpatient treatment, admission or hospitalization which exceeds the amount of fees charged in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that no new fee, assessment or other charge shall be implemented in fiscal year 2008 except those associated with the use of telephones and televisions;  provided further, that in the operation of the outpatient pharmacy, the Soldiers’ Home shall cover the cost of drugs prescribed at the Soldiers’ Home, excluding the required co-payment, only when the veteran has no access to other drug insurance coverage, including coverage through the program authorized by section 39 of chapter 19A of the General Laws; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; and provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505............................................................................... $18,509,694

 

4190-0102           The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke may expend for the outpatient pharmacy program an amount not to exceed $225,000 from co-payments which it may charge to users of the program; provided, that no co-payments shall be imposed or required of any person which exceed the level of co-payments charged in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended until the superintendent has submitted a report to the secretary and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing projected expenditures for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 and any and all assumptions used to project outpatient pharmacy spending for the outpatient pharmacy program from this item and item 4190-0100 by September 1, 2007; provided further, that the superintendent shall submit a report to the secretary and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, demographic information on said outpatient pharmacy users, including age and insurance status, utilization information for the outpatient pharmacy, including the number of generic prescriptions filled, the number of brand name prescriptions filled, the number of 30-day supplies of generic drugs dispensed, the number of 30-day supplies of brand name drugs dispensed, and a description of said Soldiers’ Home’s drug utilization review program for the first 2 quarters of fiscal year 2008; provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than January 16, 2008; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the Soldiers’ home may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.......................................... $225,000

 

4190-0200           The Soldier’s Home in Holyoke may expend not more than $25,000 from fees collected from veterans in its care for the purposes of providing television and telephone services to residents; provided, that fees from the use of telephones and televisions shall only be expended for payments to vendors for the services.................... $25,000

 

4190-1100           The Soldier’s Home in Holyoke may expend for its operation an amount not to exceed $69,000 from the licensing of the property for placement of aerial antennas......................................................................................... $69,000

 

OFFICE OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES.

Department of Youth Services.

 

4200-0010           For the administration of the department of youth services; provided, that the department shall continue to collaborate with the department of education in order to align curriculum at the department of youth services with the statewide curriculum frameworks and to ease the reintegration of youth from facilities at the department of youth services into regular public school settings; provided further, that the department shall continue to execute phase 3 of its education funding initiative; and provided further, that the commissioner of youth services, in conjunction with the department of education, shall submit a report on progress made during phase 3, to the house and senate committees on ways and means by December 1, 2007............................................................................................................ $5,546,687

 

4200-0100           For supervision, counseling and other community-based services provided to committed youths in nonresidential care programs of the department.......................................................................................................... $22,427,193

 

4200-0200           For pretrial detention programs, including purchase-of-service and state-operated programs $24,729,751

 

4200-0300           For secure facilities, including purchase-of-service and state-operated programs incidental to the operations of the facilities; provided, that funds shall be expended for programs to address the needs of the female population; provided further, that funds shall be expended to address suicide prevention; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; and provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505........................................................................................................... $104,096,325

 

4200-0500           For the department of youth services’ education system; provided, that not less than $2,550,000 shall be expended for the salaries of teachers........................................................................................................................... $3,300,000

 

Department of Transitional Assistance.

 

4400-1000           For the central administration of the department; provided, that during fiscal year 2008 the department shall maintain 2 transitional assistance offices in the city of Springfield; provided further, that all costs associated with verifying disability for all programs of the department shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the department shall submit on a monthly basis to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance a status report on program expenditures, savings and revenues, error rate measurements, and public assistance caseloads and benefits; provided further, that the report shall comprehensively track statewide use of the emergency assistance program by eligibility category including, but not limited to, caseload, average length of use or stay and monthly expenditures; provided further, that the department shall collect all out-of-court settlement restitution payments; provided further, that the restitution payments shall include, but not be limited to, installment and lump sum payments; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, unless otherwise expressly provided, federal reimbursements received for the purposes of the department, including reimbursements for administrative, fringe and overhead costs, for the current fiscal year and prior fiscal years, shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that under 21 U.S.C. section 862a(d)(1), the department shall exempt individuals from the eligibility restrictions of 21 U.S.C. section 862a, except that individuals incarcerated for a conviction which would otherwise be disqualifying under 21 U.S.C. section 862a(a) shall not be eligible for cash assistance funded through item 4403-2000 during the first 12 months after release from a correctional institution unless the individual qualifies for an exemption under subsection (e) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995, or any successor statute, or a domestic violence waiver; provided further, that an application for assistance under chapter 118 of the General Laws shall be considered an application for assistance under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that if assistance under said chapter 118 is denied, the application shall be transmitted by the department to the executive office of health and human services for a determination of eligibility under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the department shall continue policies to increase participation in the food stamp program; provided further, that no funds may not  be expended from this item for costs related to the homeless management information system; provided further, that the department shall, to the extent feasible within the appropriation provided, provide for extended office hours; provided further, that the department shall accomplish the staffing of these extended office hours to the maximum extent possible through the use of flex-time that will allow workers to modify their working hours to accommodate their specific personal and family needs; provided further, that the department shall, to the extent feasible within the appropriation provided, continue and expand the program of placing workers at community and human service organizations for the purposes of facilitating food stamp applications and re-determinations; provided further, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for the operation of the homeless management information system; provided further, that during fiscal year 2008 the department shall submit quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means a status report detailing the specific number of shelters participating by month, the types and descriptions of information reports available to be generated, and any other information the department determines to be necessary in evaluating the full and complete implementation of the system; and provided further, that the report shall also detail all expenditures by object classification.......................................................................................... $68,057,840

 

4400-1001           For programs to increase the commonwealth’s participation rate in food stamps and other federal nutrition programs; provided, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for a grant with Project Bread-The Walk for Hunger, Inc. which shall be solely responsible for administering a comprehensive, community-based program to alleviate and prevent hunger and to expand participation in federal nutrition programs; provided further, that Project Bread shall focus on communities in Massachusetts with the highest rates of hunger as defined by the United States Census Bureau; provided further, that Project Bread shall develop a strategic plan to alleviate hunger; provided further, that Project Bread shall support research relative to the prevention and effect of hunger; provided further, that Project Bread shall file a report with the clerk of the house of representatives, the clerk of the senate, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house, the chairpersons of the joint committee on education, the chairpersons of the joint committee on children and families, the chairpersons of the joint committee on public health, commissioner of the department of transitional assistance, and the chairpersons of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2008 detailing hunger prevention strategies that have been developed and implemented, including, but not limited to, an evaluation of the strategies; provided further, that Project Bread shall file with the clerk of the house of representatives and the clerk of the senate an annual report on the status of hunger in the commonwealth not later than December 1, 2007; provided further, that the department shall fund a unit staffed by department employees to respond to food stamp inquiries, and arrange for and conduct telephone interviews for initial food stamp applications from this item; provided further, that the department shall fund a system to image and catalogue eligibility documents electronically from this item; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for food stamp outreach; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Food Source Hotline; provided further, that the work of department employees paid for from this item shall be restricted to processing food stamp applications; provided further, that the department shall not require food stamp applicants to provide re-verification of eligibility factors previously verified and not subject to change; provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall require only 1 signature from food stamp applicants; and provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 1, 2007 on the status of these programs........................ $2,631,112

 

4400-1025           For domestic violence specialists at local area offices...................................................................... $691,536

 

4400-1100           For the payroll of the department’s caseworkers; provided, that only employees of bargaining unit eight shall be paid from this item................................................................................................................................... $56,693,172

 

4401-1000           For a program to provide employment and training services for recipients of benefits provided under the program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that certain parents who have not yet reached the age of 18, including those who are ineligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children and who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118 of the General Laws but for the deeming of the grandparents’ income, shall be allowed to participate in the employment services program; provided further, that funds from this item may be expended on former recipients of the program for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits due to employment or subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995 or any successor statue; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for the purposes of the young parents program, transportation costs, pre-employment skills training and education programs, and structured subsidized employment services; provided further, that the department of transitional assistance may use funds from this item and shall collaborate with the department of workforce development to access funding through Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act to ensure that sufficient resources are available to provide substantive, pre-employment skills training, including training that integrates basic education and English as a second language instruction, to recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children who are in need of such services; provided further, that funds from this item may also be expended for re-employment services, job search assistance, vocational training services, job retention services, adult basic education, graduate equivalency degree courses, English as a second language courses and training programs for persons with limited English proficiency, and emergency work-related expenses for recipients, including emergency transportation costs; provided further, that the department shall inform all recipients and applicants of the full range of programs and of skills training programs funded by Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act accessible through the one-stop career centers and adult education programs funded by the department of education available under this program; provided further, that funds may be allocated from this item to other agencies for the purposes of this program; provided further, that within 90 days of a recipient without a high school degree or a graduate equivalency degree or proficiency in English who is subject to said subsection (f) of said section 110 of said chapter 5, or any successor statute, becoming eligible for benefits, the department shall offer to the recipient a skills assessment to identify barriers to employment; and provided further, that in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in  excess of the amounts appropriated by this item............................................................................................................................................ $27,162,289

 

4401-1100           For the department of transitional assistance; provided, that the department may expend not more than $7,000,000 from federal bonuses and from reimbursements received from the United States Department of Agriculture for food stamp employment and training programs as provided in section 2A of chapter 18 of the General Laws; provided further, that up to $5,000,000 of revenue received for services provided by or under contract with state agencies or from bonuses shall be expended on additional services for recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children; and provided further, that up to $2,000,000 shall be expended for additional services provided by non-state agencies as identified in subsection (e) of said section 2A”.......................................................................... $7,000,000

 

4403-2000           For a program of transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, benefits under the program of transitional aid to families with dependent children shall be paid only to citizens of the United States and to non-citizens for whom federal funds may be used to provide benefits; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law, or any provisions of this act to the contrary, no benefits under this item shall be made available to illegal or undocumented aliens; provided further, that the need standard shall be equal to the standard in effect in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the payment standard shall be equal to the need standard; provided further, that the payment standard for families who do not qualify for an exempt category of assistance under subsection (e) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995, or any successor statute, shall be 2.75 per cent below the otherwise applicable payment standard, in fiscal year 2008, pursuant to the state plan required under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996; provided further, that the department shall notify parents under the age of 20 receiving benefits from the program of the requirements found in clause (2) of subsection (i) of said section 110 of said chapter 5, or any successor statute; provided further, that a $40 per month rent allowance shall be paid to all households incurring a rent or mortgage expense and not residing in public housing or subsidized housing; provided further, that a nonrecurring children’s clothing allowance in the amount of $150 shall be provided to each child eligible under this program in September 2007; provided further, that the children’s clothing allowance shall be included in the standard of need for the month of September 2007; provided further, that benefits under this program shall not be available to those families where a child has been removed from the household pursuant to a court order after a care and protection hearing under chapter 119 of the General Laws, nor to adult recipients otherwise eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children but for the temporary removal of the dependent child or children from the home by the department of social services in accordance with department procedures; provided further, that notwithstanding section 2 of chapter 118 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall render aid to pregnant women with no other eligible dependent children only if it has been medically verified that the child is expected to be born within the month the payments are to be made or within the 3 month period after the month of payment, and who, if the child had been born and was living with her in the month of payment would be categorically and financially eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; provided further, that certain families that suffer a reduction in benefits due to a loss of earned income and participation in retrospective budgeting may receive a supplemental benefit to compensate them for the loss; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended by the department for child care or transportation services for the employment and training program; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended by the department for family reunification benefits or informal child care; provided further, that the department shall provide oral and written notification to all recipients of their child care benefits at the time of application and on a semi-annual basis; provided further, that the notification shall include the full range of child care options available, including center-based child care, family-based child care, and in-home relative child care; provided further, that the notification shall detail available child care benefits for current and former recipients, including employment and training benefits, transitional benefits and post-transitional benefits; provided further, that the department shall work with the department of early education and care to ensure that both recipients currently receiving benefits and former recipients during the 1 year period after termination of benefits are provided written and verbal information about child care services; provided further, that the notice shall further advise recipients of the availability of food stamps benefits; provided further, that all recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children shall be screened for food stamp eligibility at the time of application; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding its regulations with respect to eligibility for, or levels of benefits under the program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure by this item so as not to exceed the appropriation; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating any eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives a detailed and comprehensive report setting forth the text of, basis, and reasons for the proposed changes;  provided further, that the report shall state the department’s most accurate assessment of the probable effects of benefit or eligibility changes upon recipient families; and provided further, that not less than $418,074 shall be expended for the purposes of the operation of the Transportation Assistance Program operated by Traveler’s Aid Family Services............ $274,320,212

 

4403-2119           For the provision of structured settings as provided in subsection (i) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995, or any successor statute, for parents under the age of 20 who are receiving benefits under the transitional aid to families with dependent children program.................................................................................................. $6,876,067

 

4403-2120           For certain expenses of the emergency assistance program as follows: (i) contracted family shelters; (ii) transitional housing programs; (iii) programs to reduce homelessness in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties; (iv) residential education centers for single mothers with children; (v) intake centers; and (vi) voucher shelters; provided, that eligibility shall be limited to families with income at or below 130 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided, however, that any family whose income exceeds 130 per cent of the federal poverty level while the family is receiving assistance funded by this item shall not become ineligible for assistance due to exceeding the income limit for a period of 6 months from the date that the 130 per cent level was exceeded; provided further, that the department shall establish reasonable requirements for those families to escrow some or all of the portion of their income which exceeds 130 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that the escrowed funds shall be exempt from otherwise applicable asset limits; provided further, that the family shall be allowed to withdraw the amount placed in escrow upon transition to permanent housing or losing eligibility for shelter services; provided further, that benefits under this item shall be provided only to residents who are citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence or otherwise permanently residing under color of law in the United States; provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to enforce regulations to prevent abuse in the emergency assistance program; provided further, that no emergency assistance expenditures shall be paid from this item unless explicitly authorized; provided further, that eligible households shall be placed in shelters as close as possible to their home community unless a household requests otherwise; provided further, that if the closest available placement is not within 20 miles of the household’s home community, the household shall be transferred to an appropriate shelter within 20 miles of its home community at the earliest possible date unless the household requests otherwise; provided further, that eligibility for shelter by an otherwise eligible family shall not be impaired by prior receipt of any non-shelter benefit; provided further, that the department shall make every effort to ensure that children receiving services from this item shall continue attending school in the community in which they lived prior to receiving services funded from this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall immediately provide shelter for up to 30 days to families who appear to be eligible for the shelter based on statements provided by the family and any other information in the possession of the department but who need additional time to obtain any third-party verifications reasonably required by the department; provided further, that shelter benefits received under the preceding proviso shall not render a family ineligible under any regulation providing that a family who previously received shelter is ineligible for shelter benefits for a period of 12 months; provided further, that families receiving the shelter benefits who are found not to be eligible for continuing shelter benefits shall be eligible for aid pending a timely appeal pursuant to section 16 of chapter 18 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall not impose unreasonable requirements for third-party verification and shall accept verifications from the family whenever reasonable; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure in this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before promulgating the eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate a determination by the secretary of health and human services that available appropriations for the program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses and a report setting forth such proposed changes; provided further, that all of this item shall be subject to appropriation and, in the event of a deficiency, nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to any enforceable right or entitlement to services in excess of the amounts appropriated by this item; provided further, that housing assistance programs that received funding in fiscal year 2007 shall receive funding in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that playspace programs for homeless children shall be funded through this item; provided further, that funds shall be expended for homelessness prevention services and screenings conducted at community health centers; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the emergency assistance family shelter program; and provided further, that the report shall contain the same data required in this item in chapter 139 of the acts of 2006........................................................................................................................................................... $82,467,153

 

4405-2000           For the state supplement to the supplemental security income program for the aged and disabled, including a program for emergency needs for supplemental security income recipients; provided, that the expenses of special grants recipients residing in rest homes, as provided in section 7A of chapter 118A of the General Laws, may be paid from this item; provided further, that the department, in collaboration with the executive office of health and human services, may fund an optional supplemental living arrangement category under the supplemental security income program that makes payments to persons living in assisted living residences certified under chapter 19D of the General Laws who meet the income and clinical eligibility criteria established by the department and the office; provided further, that the optional category of payments shall only be administered in conjunction with the Medicaid group adult foster care benefit; and provided further, that reimbursements to providers for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item.................................................................................................................................................. $212,028,336

 

4406-3000           For the homelessness program to assist individuals who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, including assistance to organizations which provide food, shelter, housing search and limited related services to the homeless and indigent; provided further, that no organization providing services to the homeless shall receive less than an average per bed/per night rate of $12.92; provided further, that the department may allocate funds to other agencies for the purposes of this program; provided further, that organizations which received funding in fiscal year 2007, including funds received in item 1599-1005 in chapter 42 of the acts of 2007 shall receive at least the same amount in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that no funds may be expended for costs associated with the homeless management information system; and provided further, that funds appropriated to this item from item 1599-6901 shall be calculated and distributed separately from any additional rate increase provided......................................... $35,939,936

 

4406-3010           For a grant to the Home and Healthy for Good program operated by the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for the purpose of reducing the incidence of chronic homelessness in the commonwealth; provided, that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance shall be solely responsible for the administration of this program; provided further, that the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance shall file a report with the clerks of the house, the commissioner of the department of transitional assistance and senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than March 1, 2008, detailing the implementation of this program; and provided further, that the report shall include information on the number of people served, the average cost per participant, the demographics of those served, whether participants have previously received government services and any projected cost-savings in other state-funded programs..................................................... $1,200,000

 

4408-1000           For a program of cash assistance to certain residents of the commonwealth, entitled emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children found by the department to be eligible for the aid under chapter 117A of the General Laws and regulations promulgated by the department and subject to the limitations of appropriation therefore; provided, that benefits under this item shall only be provided to residents who are citizens of the United States or qualified aliens or non-citizens otherwise permanently residing in the United States under color of law and shall not be provided to illegal or undocumented aliens; provided further, that the individual shall not be a subject to sponsor income deeming or related restrictions; provided further, that the payment standard shall equal the payment standard in effect under the general relief program in fiscal year 1991; provided further, that the department may provide benefits to persons age 65 or older who have applied for benefits under chapter 118A of the General Laws, to persons suffering from a medically determinable impairment or combination of impairments which is expected to last for a period as determined by department regulations and which substantially reduces or eliminates the individual’s capacity to support himself and which has been verified by a competent authority, to certain persons caring for a disabled person, to otherwise eligible participants in the vocational rehabilitation program of the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission and to dependent children who are ineligible for benefits under both chapter 118 of the General Laws and the separate program created by section 210 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997 and parents or other caretakers of dependent children who are ineligible under chapter 118 and under the separate program; provided further, that no ex-offender, person over age 45 without a prior work history or person in a residential treatment facility shall be eligible for benefits under this program unless the person otherwise meets the eligibility criteria described in this item and defined by regulations of the department; provided further, that no person incarcerated in a correctional institution shall be eligible for benefits under the program; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the payment of expenses associated with any medical review team, other disability screening process or costs associated with verifying disability for this program; provided further, that the department shall adopt emergency regulations under chapter 30A of the General Laws to implement the changes to this program required by this item promptly and within the appropriation; provided further, that in initially implementing the program for this fiscal year, the department shall include all eligibility categories permitted in this item at the payment standard in effect for the former general relief program in fiscal year 1991; provided further, that in promulgating, amending or rescinding its regulations with respect to eligibility or benefits, including the payment standard, medical benefits and any other benefits under this program, the department shall take into account the amounts available to it for expenditure by this item so as not to exceed the amount appropriated in this item; provided further, that the department may promulgate emergency regulations under chapter 30A of the General Laws to implement these eligibility or benefit changes or both; provided further, that nothing in this item shall be construed as creating any right accruing to recipients of the former general relief program; provided further, that reimbursements collected from the Social Security Administration on behalf of former clients of the emergency aid to the elderly, disabled and children program or unprocessed payments from the program that are returned to the department shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the funds made available in this item shall be the only funds available for the program, and the department shall not spend funds for the program in excess of the amount made available in this item; and provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 60 days before implementing any eligibility or benefit changes, the commissioner shall file with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate a determination by the secretary of health and human services that available appropriations for the program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses and a report setting forth the proposed changes $69,919,542

 

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Public Health.

 

4510-0099           The department may expend not more than $6,000,000 in revenues collected from licensing, inspections and records for costs associated with the administration of the department..................................................... $6,000,000

 

4510-0100           For the operation of the department, the determination of need program, established under section 25C of chapter 111 of the General Laws, the health statistics program, including the operation of a cancer registry and occupational lung disease registry, and the continuation of the cardiac surgery data collection and validation program to collect and validate data from all hospitals in the commonwealth that perform open heart surgery; provided, that the position of assistant commissioner shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws.................. $17,090,934

 

4510-0106           For the end of life care commission, established by section 480 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000; provided, that not more than $100,000 shall be expended from revenues associated with grant and development activities $100,000

 

4510-0110           For community health center services; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Cape Cod Free Clinic; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Duffy Health Center; provided further, that $40,000 shall be expended for the Dismas House at the Worcester county house of correction; provided further, that $225,000 shall be expended on a statewide program of technical assistance to community health centers to be provided by a state primary care association qualified under section 330(f)(1) of the United States Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. section 254c(f)(1); provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for Merrimack Valley Hospice Home Care; provided further, that the department shall assist professional and nonprofit agencies dedicated to the advancement of the scope and nature of health care services delivered in communities by community health centers and to pursue available federal technical assistance funding; and provided further, that the department shall submit a tentative allocation schedule of the community health center grants to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2008........................................................................................... $6,189,253

 

4510-0600           For an environmental and community health hazards program, including control of radiation and nuclear hazards, consumer products protection, food and drugs, lead poisoning prevention in accordance with chapter 482 of the acts of 1993, lead-based paint inspections in day care facilities, inspection of radiological facilities, licensing of x-ray technologists and the administration of the division of environmental epidemiology and toxicology for the purposes of chapter 470 of the acts of 1983, the “Right-to-Know” law; provided, that the expenditures from this item for the fair packaging and labeling survey program shall be contingent upon the prior approval of the proper federal authorities for reimbursement of 100 per cent of the amounts so expended; provided further, that not less than $107,500 shall be expended for the Silent Spring Institute to complete the household exposure study; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to hire additional food and air quality inspectors to rectify the inadequacies reported by the state auditor in March 2007; provided further, that $150,000 be expended for the completion of the comprehensive study of the exposure routes and patterns of contaminants in the Maple Meadowbrook Aquifer migrating to and affecting the Wilmington drinking water supply and the study of incidents of childhood cancer in the town of Wilmington; and provided further, that not less than $14,800 shall be allocated to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments for costs associated with the regional public health program.......................... $3,576,868

 

4510-0615           The department may expend not more than $150,000 from assessments collected under section 5K of chapter 111 of the General Laws for services provided to monitor, survey and inspect nuclear power reactors; provided, that the department may expend not more than $1,374,195 from fees collected from licensing and inspecting users of radioactive material within the commonwealth under licenses presently issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; provided further, that the revenues may be used for the costs of both programs, including the compensation of employees; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................................................................................................................................................. $1,524,195

 

4510-0616           The department may not expend more than $551,110 for a drug registration and monitoring program from revenues collected from fees charged to registered practitioners, including physicians, dentists, veterinarians, podiatrists and optometrists for controlled substance registration; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for the costs of personnel; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.............................................................................................................................. $551,110

 

4510-0710           For the operation of the division of health care quality and the office of patient protection; provided, that the division shall be responsible for assuring the quality of patient care provided by the commonwealth’s health care facilities and services, and for protecting the health and safety of patients who receive care and services in nursing homes, rest homes, clinical laboratories, clinics, institutions for the mentally retarded and the mentally ill, hospitals and infirmaries, including the inspection of ambulance services; provided further, that the division shall track and report the number and type of dementia or Alzheimer’s special care units in each facility; provided further, that the department shall provide quarterly reports of  its findings to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the division shall coordinate its work with the board of registration in medicine and the various other boards of registration under the department of public health to promote quality patient care in facilities licensed by the department, shall report specific instances of preventable medical error that involve an individualized component investigated by the board of registration and a systemic or institutional component investigated by the division, the medical, administrative, educational and disciplinary outcomes of such instances of preventable medical error and the ways in which coordination promotes quality patient care, fairness and accuracy in disciplinary actions, and better provider and facility education; provided further, that investigators shall conduct investigations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation; provided further, that the division shall assign such investigators to perform their duties on staggered shifts which shall be established by the division in order to provide coverage adequate to ensure that all complaints of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation are investigated, and that the department shall investigate complaints during evening and weekend hours, as needed, to assess the validity of the complaint; provided further, that not less than 10 per cent of all routine surveys of the facilities shall be completed during evening or weekend hours; provided further, that the division shall minimize the need for payment of overtime to investigators in both emergent and non-emergent situations and shall not authorize the assignment of overtime hours for any investigator when the duties can be performed on a non-overtime basis by another investigator; provided further, that all investigators in the division of health care quality responsible for the investigations shall receive training by the Medicaid fraud control unit of the office of the attorney general under a comprehensive training program to be developed by the division and the unit; provided further, that the division shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the number of incident reports and, for those reports requiring investigations under  section 72H of  chapter 111 of the General Laws, indicating for each such report the time in which the division: (1) completed its investigation; (2) made an evaluation and determination of the validity of the report; and (3) made a referral of such report to the appropriate agency; provided further, that if in any quarter the division maintains a backlog of cases requiring investigation that have not been investigated, evaluated and determined within the time frames established in said section 72H of  said chapter 111, the division shall include in the report an explanation as to the reasons therefore; provided further, that the division shall include in the report a list of all instances of the payment of overtime for investigators and the justification therefore and in each quarter shall compare the overtime expenditures from this item with the overtime expenditures made in the corresponding quarter of fiscal year 2007; provided further, that the division shall continue to research and develop, in consultation with the nursing home industry and consumer representatives, appropriate confidential survey tools to assess consumer satisfaction in long-term care facilities; provided further, that the division shall continue a comprehensive training, education and outreach program for nursing home administrators and managers and other supervisory personnel in long-term care to improve the quality of care in long-term care facilities; provided further, that the program shall promote the use of best practices, models of quality caregiving and the culture of workforce retention within the facilities and shall focus on systemic ways to reduce deficiencies; provided further, that $40,000 shall be expended for Bedside Advocates, Inc. for the development of a pilot project focused on transitional care for geriatric patients transitioning to their homes from acute care hospitals; provided further, that services funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to: education, training, intervention, support, surveillance and evaluation; and provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the results of the program not later than September 1, 2007................................................................................................................................................. $8,401,687

 

4510-0712           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $504,922 in revenues collected from the licensure of health facilities for program costs of the division of health care quality; provided, that the department may expend not more than $800,000 from revenues collected from individuals applying for emergency medical technician licensure and recertification; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor as reported in the state accounting system................................................................................................................................................ $1,304,922

 

4510-0720           For a scholarship program for certified nurses’ aide and direct care worker training; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that the department shall establish appropriate guidelines and application criteria for the administration of the program; provided further, that the scholarships shall cover the full cost of tuition to an approved certified nurses’ aide or long-term care direct worker training program, including approved programs providing for cross-training; provided further, that funds  shall also be available to provide adult basic education and English as a second language training for applicants otherwise meeting criteria for the scholarships, as well as pilot training programs using enhanced curricula designed to support increased retention; provided further, that the department shall, in consultation with the nursing home industry, consumer groups, the department of labor and workforce development, the Commonwealth Corporation, training providers and other appropriate state and local agencies, conduct outreach regarding the availability of such scholarships; provided further, that the department shall consult with the scholarship program advisory council and the extended care career ladder initiative to review and recommend new training requirements for certified nurses’ aides, home health aides and home care workers to improve the quality of the direct care workforce and the quality of care provided in all long-term care settings by developing skill standards, supporting the transition from training to work, improving retention, promoting portability, recognizing career advancement curricula and addressing language and education barriers; and provided further, that costs for outreach activities shall not exceed 5 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item and administrative costs of the program shall not exceed 5 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item    $250,000

 

4510-0721           For the costs of personnel, administration, information technology, equipment, newsletters and other essential spending of the board of registration in nursing; provided, that the board shall prepare an annual report detailing the total number of cases referred to and investigated by the board, the resolution of these cases, the approximate number of cases assigned to each investigator and any increases or decreases in cases referred to the board in the previous 6 months; provided further, that the board shall submit the report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on public health and the commissioner of public health; provided further, that the board shall prepare a compilation of cases involving preventable medical error that resulted in harm to a patient or health care provider for the purpose of assisting health care providers, hospitals and pharmacies to modify their practices and techniques to avoid errors; and provided further, that the board shall submit the compilation to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on public health and the commissioner of the department of public health by January 4, 2008, and shall make the compilation widely available, including by electronic means, to the public and to all hospitals, pharmacies and health care providers doing business in the commonwealth........................ $1,651,178

 

4510-0722           For the costs of personnel, administration, newsletters, dues, travel, public information advertising and other expenses of the board of registration in pharmacy; provided, that the board shall prepare an annual report detailing the total number of cases referred to and investigated by the board, the resolution of such cases, the approximate number of cases assigned to each investigator and any increases or decreases in cases referred to the board in the previous 6 months; provided further, that the board shall submit the report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on public health and the commissioner of public health; provided further, that the board shall prepare a compilation of cases involving preventable medical error that resulted in harm to a patient or health care provider for the purpose of assisting health care providers, hospitals and pharmacies to modify their practices and techniques to avoid errors; and provided further, that the board shall submit the compilation to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on public health and the commissioner of public health by January 4, 2008, and shall make the compilation widely available, including by electronic means, to the public and to all hospitals, pharmacies and health care providers doing business in the commonwealth.............................................................................................. $512,705

 

4510-0723           For the operation and administration of the board of registration in medicine and the committee on acupuncture; provided, that the board of registration in medicine shall prepare an annual report addressing its activities with respect to licensing, enforcement, law and policy, patient safety and other relevant topics, including, but not limited to, the total number of cases referred to and reviewed by the board, the resolution of such cases, the approximate number of cases assigned to each investigator, any increases or decreases in cases referred to the board in the previous 6 months, a compilation of cases from its patient care assessment program describing incidents involving preventable medical error that resulted in harm to patient or health care provider for the purpose of assisting the providers, hospitals and pharmacies to modify their practices and techniques to avoid error and any other relevant topics; provided further, that the board shall submit the report to the general court, house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing and the joint committee on public health by January 4, 2008, and shall make the compilation widely available, including by electronic means, to the public; and provided further, that the board shall promulgate rules and regulations to coordinate their patient care assessment program with the boards of  registration in nursing and pharmacy ..................................................................................... $2,545,496

 

4510-0725           For the costs of personnel, administration, public information advertising and other expenses of certain health boards of registration, including the boards of registration in dentistry, nursing home administrators, physician assistants, perfusionists and respiratory care.................................................................................................... $446,226

 

4510-0726           For the board of registration in medicine, including the physician profiles program; provided, that the board may expend revenues not to exceed $300,000 from new revenues associated with increased license and renewal fees          $300,000

 

4510-0790           For regional emergency medical services; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that the regional emergency medical services councils, designated as such in accordance with 105 CMR 170.101 and the C-MED communications as of January 1, 1992, shall remain the designated councils and C-MEDs; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly on the number of investigations of ambulance services performed by the inspectors and by inspectors funded in items 4510-0710 and 4510-0712 as well as the number of investigations pending at the end of each quarter and the reasons therefor; and provided further, that the department, in conjunction with the regional emergency services councils, notwithstanding any provision of section 27C of chapter 29 of the General Laws to the contrary, shall promulgate regulations to ensure that all basic, intermediate and paramedic emergency medical technicians are certified to use and have available epinephrine for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis............................................................................................. $1,246,896

 

4510-0810           For a statewide sexual assault nurse examiner program and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program for the care of victims of sexual assault; provided, that the programs shall be established by the department to operate under specific statewide protocols and by an on-call system of nurse examiners; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for a contract with the Massachusetts Children’s Alliance to support children’s advocacy centers in the commonwealth.................................................................................................................................. $3,610,111

 

4512-0103           For acquired immune deficiency syndrome services and programs; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that no funds shall be transferred into the AA object class; provided further, that particular attention shall be paid to direct the funding proportionately amongst each of the demographic groups afflicted by HIV/AIDS; provided further, that funds shall be expended for rental housing subsidies for the purposes of preventing admissions to acute hospitals, chronic hospitals and nursing homes for persons with acquired immune deficiency syndrome; provided further, that the department may contract for the administration of this program; provided further, that the costs of such administrative contract shall not be expended from this item; provided further, that rents payable by tenants shall not be less than 30 per cent of total household income if heat and cooking fuel are provided by the landlord and shall not be less than 25 per cent of total household income if heat and cooking fuel are not provided; provided further, that no funds shall be expended for subsidies for housing units in excess of the number of units funded on June 30, 1991; provided further, that the department shall not enter into any new housing contracts or expend funds for such new contracts in fiscal year 2008 that would fund units in excess of the number of units funded on June 30, 2007; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for disease research in fiscal year 2008..................................................................... $36,941,316

 

4512-0106           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $1,900,000 from revenues received from pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in the section 340B rebate program administered by the federal health resources and services administration and office of drug pricing .................. $1,900,000

 

4512-0200           For the division of substance abuse services, including a program to reimburse driver alcohol education programs for services provided for court adjudicated indigent clients; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that the commissioner of public health shall ensure that monies spent pursuant to this item is consistent with and proportionate to the level of need among the demographic populations; provided further, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the establishment of 60 community-based beds in locked-down, non-correctional settings for men who have been civilly committed to a substance abuse treatment program pursuant to section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for three Sobriety High Schools; provided further, that not less than $1,149,750 shall be expended to Gavin Foundation for a male adolescent residential facility for substance abuse and rehabilitation services and for an adjoining female adolescent residential facility for substance abuse and rehabilitation services, totaling 28 beds, located in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $833,000 shall be expended for the Volunteers of America Rebound Youth Residential Recovery Program at Long Island Hospital in the city of Boston for substance abuse and rehabilitation services to youths with addictions; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be provided to the Essex county district attorney to continue to develop a pilot program for non-violent offenders in a non-correctional locked down substance abuse treatment facility; provided further, that said offenders agree to enter said treatment facility, complete treatment and pay restitution for any crimes committed, on the condition that their arraignment be held in abeyance; provided further, that other district attorneys may utilize said program upon mutual agreement of all parties; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be provided to the Boston municipal court to fund treatment coordinators for the drug court program to treat nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended to fund 10 beds through the CAB program in conjunction with the H.E.A.T. program at Woburn District Court; provided further, that not less than $319,500 shall be expended for a contract with Gavin Foundation, Inc., to provide a Total Immersion program in conjunction with the probation departments of the South Boston division of the district court, the Somerville division of the district court, the Hingham division of the district court, the Brighton division of the district court, and other district courts and that the funding shall be expended for the maintenance of a training program by the Gavin Foundation for a statewide Total Immersion program; provided further, that the Gavin Foundation shall be contracted to provide the Total Immersion programs described in this item; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Latino After School Initiative; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the New Beginnings program; provided further, that not less than $225,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Barnstable Action for New Directions (BAND) program facilitated by the Gosnold Society of Cape Cod Inc., in conjunction with the Barnstable district court and the Cape and Islands district attorney; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Link House, Inc., in the town of Salisbury, for purposes of establishing transitional housing for women in recovery from substance abuse; provided further, that $200,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s substance abuse program; provided further, that not less than $155,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and operation of the Intensive Outpatient Program at the South Boston Collaborative for the purposes of responding to adolescent suicide clusters and drug abuse in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the Hampden county Residential Program For Women; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to the Berkshire County Youth Development Project for youth intervention services; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the Northern Educational Services, Inc., in Springfield, to operate the Youth Zone Program; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for Self Esteem Boston’s substance abuse direct service prevention programs and provider training programs; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Russian Teens-at-Risk program operated by the Jewish Family Children's Service in the cities of Boston and Lynn and the town of Brookline; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Winchester Substance Abuse Coalition in the town of Winchester; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall expended for Franklin Medical Center’s Beacon Recovery Program at the Orange Recovery House; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be provided to Second Step, Inc. in the city of Newton for the provision of substance abuse prevention and education programs to the survivors of domestic violence and their children; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended to continue an Opiate Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program for Youth in the city of Melrose; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Tynan Community Centers Adolescence Wellness Program in the South Boston section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for homicide victims' family support services and anti-violence advocacy programs; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for teens through programs provided by the Ashland Recreational Department; and provided further, that not less than $145,000 shall be expended in grants for the Framingham Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse; provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended for maintaining the substance abuse and mental health pilot programs in houses of correction in Hampden county, Norfolk county, Middlesex county and Barnstable county;  provided further, that 1 counselor shall continue to be assigned for every 200 inmates within each facility; and provided further, that said pilot programs shall continue to report bi-annually upon the progress of the program and the rate of recidivism to the joint chairpersons of the mental health and substance abuse committee and to the chairpersons of the house and senate committee on ways and means; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Exodus Outreach Recovery Program; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation of Learn-to-Cope, a support group providing parents and families with children addicted to OxyContin and heroin with substance abuse recovery treatment resources and emotional support; and provided further, that not less than $70,000 shall be expended for the Adolescent Education program of the South Boston Neighborhood House in the South Boston section of the city of Boston.............................................................................................................................................. $77,811,216

 

4512-0225           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $1,000,000 for a compulsive gamblers’ treatment program from unclaimed prize money held in the State Lottery Fund for more than 1 year from the date of the drawing when the unclaimed prize money was won, and from the proceeds of a multi-jurisdictional lottery game under subsection (e) of section 24A of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that the state comptroller shall transfer the amount to the General Fund ..................................................................................... $1,000,000

 

4512-0500           For dental health services; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that, of the amount appropriated in this item, funds shall be expended to maintain a program of dental services for the developmentally disabled; provided further, that not less than $122,000 shall be allotted to the Taunton Oral Health Clinic in the city of Taunton for the basic dental needs of moderate and low-income residents of southeastern Massachusetts; provided further, that the department shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a quarterly report on the number of children served by this dental health services program and the number of children waiting to be served by the program; and provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended to Harbor Health Services, Inc. for support and implementation of a model dental program that provides comprehensive dental care for low-income uninsured adults throughout Cape Cod; provided further, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended for the Forsyth Institute’s Center for Children’s Oral Health to fund a school-based demonstration project to offer preventative oral health care to children in high need areas including Boston, Lynn, and the Cape and Islands........................................................................................................................ $2,618,150

 

4513-1000           For the operation of the bureau of family health services; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, than not less than $350,000 be expended for the operations of the Regional Poison Control Center; provided further, that not less than $5,600,000 shall be provided for comprehensive family planning services, including HIV counseling and testing, community-based health education and outreach services, provided by agencies certified as comprehensive family planning agencies, family planning clinics and primary care services for women and children; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for ROCA, Inc. for outreach and youth development for at-risk youth and young adults in Chelsea, Revere, and East Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Falmouth Family Planning; provided further, that $450,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Molly Bish Institute for Child Safety at Mount Wachusett Community College; and provided further, that $10,000 shall be expended for the Cancer House of Hope in the city of Westfield............................................................................................................................................................. $7,206,716

4513-1002           For women, infants and children’s (WIC) nutrition services in addition to funds received under the federal nutrition program; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that all new WIC cases, in excess of fiscal year 1991 caseload levels, shall be served in accordance with priority categories 1 through 7, as defined by the state WIC program; and provided further, that not less than $680,000 shall be expended for the Growth and Nutrition Program....................................................................... $13,327,092

 

4513-1010           For the department of public health; provided, that said department may expend not more than $4,500,000 in revenue received from the collection of federal financial participation for early intervention services delivered to Medicaid-eligible children by developmental educators and professionals in related disciplines; provided further, that nothing in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to enforceable legal rights to any such services or an enforceable entitlement to the services funded in this item; and provided further, that the revenue may be used to pay for current and prior year claims..................................................................................................... $4,500,000

 

4513-1012           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $22,000,000 from revenues received from the federal cost-containment initiatives including, but not limited to, infant formula rebates and Northeast Dairy Compact reimbursements; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most-recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................................................................................................................ $22,000,000

 

4513-1020           For the early intervention program; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that the department shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means the total number of units of service purchased and the total expenditures for the units of service paid by the department, the executive office of health and human services and third party payers for early intervention services for the following services categories: home visit, center-based individual, child-focused group, parent-focused group, screening and assessment; provided further, that the department shall make all reasonable efforts to secure third party and Medicaid reimbursements for the services funded in this item; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for a reserve to provide respite services to families of children enrolled in early intervention programs who have complex care requirements, multiple disabilities and extensive medical and health needs; provided further, that priority shall be given to low and moderate income families; provided further, that the department shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on the number of families served by the program and the amount of funds appropriated in this item granted to qualified families not later than February 1, 2008; provided further, that no claim for reimbursement made on behalf of an uninsured person shall be paid from this item until the program receives notice of a denial of eligibility for the MassHealth program from the executive office of health and human services; and provided further, that nothing stated in this item shall give rise to or shall be construed as giving rise to enforceable legal rights to any such services or an enforceable entitlement to the early intervention services funded in this item; provided further, that funds from this item may be expended for a rate increase; and provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the provision of cost reimbursement funding to certified Early Intervention programs ......................................................................................................................................... $38,237,286

 

4513-1023           For the costs associated with the implementation of the universal newborn hearing program; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; and provided further, that the funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for the notification of and follow through with affected families, primary care providers and early intervention programs upon the department’s receipt of data indicative of potential hearing disorders in newborns ......................................................................................................................... $83,060

 

4513-1024           For the operation of a comprehensive, state-wide shaken baby syndrome prevention program including community-based, hospital-based and statewide activities; provided that, services funded through this line item shall included, but not be limited to, education, training, intervention, support, surveillance and evaluation...... $350,000

 

4513-1026           For the provision of statewide and community-based suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and surveillance activities and the implementation of a statewide suicide prevention plan.............................. $1,250,000

 

4513-1111           For the promotion of health and disease prevention including, but not limited to, the following programs: breast cancer prevention, diabetes screening and outreach, ovarian cancer screening, a statewide STOP stroke program, the Hepatitis C program, multiple sclerosis screening, information, education, treatment programs and the Multiple Sclerosis Home Living Navigating Key Services program administered by the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a renal disease program administered by the National Kidney Foundation of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont;, colorectal cancer prevention, prostate cancer screening, education and treatment with a particular focus on African American Males, the operation of the Betsy Lehman Center for patient safety, osteoporosis education, Lyme disease prevention and research activities, the maintenance of the ALS Registry created by section 26 of chapter 140 of the acts of  2003 and the maintenance of the statewide lupus database; provided, that the department shall expend not less than the same amount available in each item in fiscal year 2007; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the program established pursuant to section 4E of chapter 111 of the General Laws to combat mental retardation in children suffering from a genetic effect causing phenyketonuria; and provided further, that the $250,000 shall be appropriated for the commonwealth’s metabolic disorder clinic programs for patient education and support or for such other purposes as deemed necessary by the clinic programs; provided further, that sites for Hepatitis C services shall be distributed throughout the commonwealth so as to ensure coverage in all geographic regions, including currently underserved areas proximate to Cape Ann, Fitchburg, Leominster and Pittsfield and provided further, that any expansions necessary to achieve geographically appropriate coverage shall build upon existing local programs with proven experience in addressing Hepatitis C........................... $14,169,012

 

4513-1130           For the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment program; provided, that of the amount appropriated in this item, funds shall be expended for rape prevention and victim services, including the statewide Spanish language hotline for sexual abuse and domestic violence services for immigrants and refugees and statewide suicide and violence prevention outreach to gay and lesbian youth and domestic violence services for immigrants and refugees; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the public health model of community engagement and intervention services and crisis housing for sexual violence and intimate partner violence in the GLBT community ........................................................................................................................................ $3,866,677

 

4516-0263           For the department of public health; provided, that said department may expend not more than $1,486,551 in revenues from various blood lead testing fees collected from insurers and individuals for the purpose of conducting such tests; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor, as reported in the state accounting system................................... $1,486,551

 

4516-1000           For the administration of the center for laboratory and communicable disease control, including the division of communicable venereal diseases, the division of tuberculosis control and the state laboratory institute; provided, that the department shall give priority to the analysis of samples used in the prosecution of controlled substances offenses; provided further, that funds shall be expended for an eastern encephalitis testing program and for tuberculosis testing and treatment services; provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative, space or energy expenses of the department not directly related to personnel or programs funded in this item; provided further, that funds from this item may be expended for the purchase of equipment for the drug laboratory at the state laboratory institute; provided further, that not less than $240,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of the statewide rabies control program coordinated by the department of public health, providing assistance to cities, towns and the public and for the interagency collaboration through the rabies advisory committee, the 24-hour epidemiological and clinical consultation for rabies exposures and the rapid laboratory diagnostic services; provided further, that of the $240,000, not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the continuation of the Oral Rabies Vaccine Project on Cape Cod operated through a contract with Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and provided further, that funds from this item may be expended for the purpose of an interagency service agreement with the University of Massachusetts Medical School for the department’s share of the cost of occupancy, including the cost of facility support personnel, for the state laboratory institute......................................................................................................................... $15,050,499

 

4516-1022           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $300,000 generated by fees collected from insurers for tuberculosis tests performed at the state laboratory institute; provided, that revenues collected may be used to supplement the costs of said laboratory; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most-recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system........................ $300,000

 

4518-0200           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $261,687 generated by fees collected from the following services provided at the registry of vital records and statistics: amendments of vital records, requests for vital records not issued in person at the registry and research requests performed by registry staff at the registry; provided, that revenues so collected may be used for all program costs, including the compensation of employees; provided further, that the registrar of vital records and statistics shall exempt from payment of a fee any person requesting a copy of a birth certificate for the purpose of establishing eligibility for Medicaid; and provided further, that, for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most-recent revenue estimate, as reported in the state accounting system................................................................................................................................................................ $261,687

 

4530-9000           For teenage pregnancy prevention services; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that applications for such funds shall be administered through the department upon receipt and approval of coordinated community service plans to be evaluated in accordance with guidelines issued by the department; provided further, that portions of the grants may be used for state agency purchases of designated services identified by the community service plans; provided further, that funding shall be expended on those communities with the highest teen birth rates according to an annual statistical estimate conducted by the department; provided further, that funds shall be expended on programming directed at children under the care of the department of social services who are at high risk for teenage pregnancy; provided further, that the department shall collaborate with the department of social services on the development of this programming; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 15, 2008 on the progress and implementation schedule of this programming; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for teen pregnancy prevention services in the town of Orange; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for Berkshire Coalition to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy in the Berkshire region; provided further, that of said $150,000, not more than 10% can be used for administrative services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the teen pregnancy prevention programs in the cities of North Adams and Pittsfield; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for teen pregnancy prevention programs in the town of Southbridge; provided further, that the department shall contract directly with vendors of teenage pregnancy prevention services; and provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be provided to Girls, Inc., of Lynn for teen pregnancy prevention.       $3,831,131

 

4570-1502   For the implementation of a proactive statewide infection prevention and control program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of public health shall, through its division of health care quality, develop a proactive statewide infection prevention and control program in licensed health care facilities following protocols of the Centers for Disease Control for the purposes of implementation and adherence to infection control practices that are the keys to preventing the transmission of infectious diseases, including respiratory diseases spread by droplet or airborne routes; provided further, that recommended infection control practices shall include, but not be limited to, hand hygiene; standard precautions and transmission-based precautions, including contact, droplet and airborne, and respiratory hygiene; and provided further, that the infection prevention and control program shall include mandatory education in the recommended infection control practices for licensed health care personnel and employees of licensed health care facilities and penalties for individual and institutional noncompliance with Centers for Disease Control protocols......................................................................................................... $1,000,000

 

4580-1000           For the universal immunization program and the purchase and distribution of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative or energy expenses of the department not directly related to programs funded in this item; provided further, that the rotavirus and meningococcal conjugate vaccines shall be funded through this item; and provided further, that the department shall conduct a comprehensive study of the human papilloma virus vaccines that are currently available and potential cost saving alternatives such as generics............................................................................................................................................ $48,771,508

 

4590-0250           For school health services and school-based health centers in public and non-public schools; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA object class for any personnel-related costs; provided further, that services shall include, but not be limited to: (1) strengthening the infrastructure of school health services in the areas of personnel and policy development, programming and interdisciplinary collaboration; (2) developing linkages between school health services programs and community health providers; (3) incorporating health education programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation activities in school curricula and in the provision of school based health services; and (4) incorporating obesity prevention programs, including nutrition and wellness programs, in school curricula to address the nutrition and lifestyle habits needed for healthy development; provided further, that the services shall meet standards and eligibility guidelines established by the department of public health in consultation with the department of education; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for mental health and substance abuse services in school-based health centers; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for the commission on gay and lesbian youth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the H.E.L.P. program so-called, for black male health; provided further, that not less than $15,000,000 shall be expended for school nurses and school-based health centers; provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended for the Childhood Obesity School Nutrition Pilot Project within the department of public health to initiate or maintain school lunch programs focused on diminishing the epidemic of childhood obesity; provided further, that food service providers, working with public schools, wishing to institute or maintain a school nutrition program designed to reduce childhood obesity, may submit an application to the department of public health indicating the various nutritional and educational steps the school plans to implement with the grant, not to exceed $10,000 per school per year; provided further, that eligible programs shall focus on providing healthier choices for lunch programs and providing incentives and information to make healthier meal choices in the school lunch line; provided further, that 1 or more schools may be included in an application; and provided further, that grant applications and other appropriate criteria shall be determined and reviewed by the department; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the North Quabbin Community Coalition for support and implementation of 4 model community coalitions and community capacity-building activities........................................................................................................................... $16,748,474

4590-0300           For smoking prevention and cessation programs; provided, that no funds shall be expended in the AA subsidiary for any personnel-related costs ................................................................................................................ $10,000,000

 

4590-0912           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend an amount not to exceed $14,829,827 from reimbursements collected for western Massachusetts hospital services, subject to the approval of the commissioner of public health; provided, that such revenues may be expended for the purpose of hospital-related costs, including personnel, capital expenditures, DD object class chargebacks and motor vehicle replacement; provided further, that all revenues expended shall be pursuant to schedules submitted to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the western Massachusetts hospital shall be eligible to receive and retain full reimbursement from the medical assistance program of the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the western Massachusetts hospital shall reimburse the General Fund for a portion of employee benefit expenses, according to a schedule submitted by the commissioner of public health and approved by the secretary for administration and finance; provided further, that such reimbursement shall not exceed 10 per cent of total personnel costs for the hospital; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; and provided further, that no funds appropriated herein shall be expended for administrative, space or energy expenses of the department not directly related to personnel or programs funded in this item............................................................... $14,829,827

 

4590-0913           For the  Lemuel Shattuck hospital in the department; provided, that the hospital shall  not expend more than $500,000 in revenues collected from private medical vendors for the purposes of funding expenses for services provided to inmates of county correctional facilities which have privatized medical care; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................................... $500,000

 

4590-0915           For the maintenance and operation of Tewksbury hospital, Massachusetts hospital school, Lemuel Shattuck hospital and the hospital bureau; provided, that all revenue generated by the hospitals shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that no funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative, space or energy expenses of the department not directly related to personnel or programs funded in this item; provided further, that Tewksbury hospital shall not be used to house county, state or other prisoners; provided further, that the department shall take no action to reduce or realign the client population and services at Tewksbury hospital unless such action results in alternative service delivery in an appropriate and cost-effective method of care; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505; provided further, that staffing configurations at Tewksbury hospital shall be consistent with the client population and service realignment; provided further, that $275,000 shall be made available for the fourth of 6 annual TELP payments for a CT scanner procured for Lemuel Shattuck hospital; provided further, that reimbursements received for medical services provided at the Lemuel Shattuck hospital to inmates of county correctional facilities not managed by private health care vendors shall be credited to item 4590-0903 of section 2B; and provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall seek to obtain federal financial participation for care provided to inmates of the department of correction and of county correctional facilities who are treated at the public health hospitals.......................................................... $125,521,682

 

4590-0917           For the department of public health; provided, that the department may expend an amount not to exceed $4,000,000 from payments received from the vendor managing health services for state correctional facilities for inmate medical services provided by the Lemuel Shattuck hospital; provided, that the payments may include capitation payments, fee for service payments, advance payments and other compensation arrangements established by contract between the vendor and the hospital; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor as reported in the state accounting system             $4,000,000

 

4590-1503           For the pediatric palliative care program established in section 24K of chapter 111 of the General Laws............... $800,000

 

4590-1505           For the state office for pharmacy services; provided, that the office shall provide pharmacy services for the following agencies: the department of public health, the department of mental health, the department of mental retardation, the department of correction and the department of youth services; provided further, that the office shall provide pharmacy services for the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke; provided further, that the office shall provide pharmacy services for all state and county sheriffs; provided further, that the office shall continue to work to reduce medication costs, provide standardized policies and procedures in a clinically responsible manner, provide comprehensive data analysis and improve the quality of clinical services; provided further, that the office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means by February 14, 2008, on the savings realized by each agency listed above in comparison to their pharmacy costs in fiscal year 2007; and provided further, that the report shall also provide recommendations for the inclusion of other entities that may realize a cost savings by joining the state office for pharmacy services............................................................................................... $45,786,520

 

4590-1506           For a grant program to be administered by the department of public health to support the establishment of a comprehensive youth violence prevention program; provided, that the commissioner of public health shall distribute grant funds through a competitive grant program that gives preference to applications that: (1) serve communities that have been identified by the department as being high risk communities for youth violence; (2) demonstrate multi-disciplinary collaboration, including youth serving community organizations, state agencies, local law enforcement, medical and public health professionals, and faith-based organizations; (3) utilize a youth development framework that includes addressing out-of-school time activities, mentoring, leadership training, employment readiness training, conflict resolution, education support, family support services and financial literacy; (4) provide positive programming during, but not limited to, the hours of 2 pm and 10 pm; and (5) demonstrate the ability to work with the department staff to conduct comprehensive evaluations of program development and implementation activities; provided further, that no grants shall be awarded to law enforcement agencies; provided further, that funds shall be considered one-time and grants shall not annualize in fiscal year 2009; provided further, that administrative costs for successful grant applications shall not exceed 3 per cent of the value of the grant; provided further, that no grant funds shall be expended on food or beverages; provided further, that the department of public health shall publish guidelines and an application for the grant program not later than September 1, 2007; provided further, that awards shall be made to applicants not later than December 1, 2007; provided further, that the department of public health shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the grant amount awarded to each recipient and a description of each grant; and provided further, that each grant recipient shall provide the department of public health with a comprehensive list of best practices that have been instituted as a result of these grants $2,000,000

 

OFFICE OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES.

Department of Social Services.

 

4800-0015           For central and area office administration; provided, that the associated expenses of employees whose AA object class costs are paid from item 4800-1100 shall be paid from this item; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for the compensation of unit 8 employees; provided further, that the department shall not place a child or adolescent referred by, or discharged from, the care of the department of mental health until the latter department forwards an assessment and recommendation as to whether the child or adolescent may be appropriately placed in foster care or, if due to severe emotional disturbance, is more appropriate for group care; provided further, that the department, in consultation with the department of mental health, shall establish guidelines to assist the latter department in making such assessments and recommendations; provided further, that, unless otherwise authorized, all funds, including federal reimbursements received by the department, shall be credited to the General Fund; provided further, that the department shall expend not less than $1,000,000 in the AA or CC object codes to hire medical and psychiatric staff to collaborate with the department’s social workers; provided further, that the department shall employ not less than 1 full-time board-certified physician; provided further, that the department of social services and the department of early education and care shall design and implement standards for early education and care placements made through the supportive child care program; provided further, that the department of social services, in collaboration with the department of early education and care, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for supportive child care services, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that notwithstanding any general of special law to the contrary, the department shall not reduce recoupment amounts recommended by the state auditor; provided further, that not later than February 17 of the current fiscal year, the department shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on children and families a report detailing the number of medical and psychiatric personnel currently employed by or contracted with the department; provided further, that the report shall include the number of foster care reviews conducted by the department and the average length of time in which each review is completed; provided further, that the report shall contain the number of the department’s contracts reviewed by the state auditor and the number of corrective action plans issued; provided further, that the report shall also include the number of corrective action plans entered into by the department; provided further, that the report shall include the number of social workers and supervisors who have a bachelors’ or masters’ degree in social work; provided further, that the report shall include the total number of social workers and the total number of social workers holding licensure by level; provided further, that the comptroller shall act in accordance with item 1000-0001 if the report, with all of its components, is not filed within 10 days of the stated due date; provided further, that the department shall file a report on the first business day of each month to the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on children and families on the caseload of the department; provided further, that caseloads provided in this report shall include: residential placements, group care, foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, guardianship, 51A reports, substantiated 51A reports, CHINS reports, the number of children who die in the care and custody of the department, the number of children on the waitlist for supportive child care and the number of medical and psychiatric consultation requests made by the department’s social workers; provided further, that the report shall include the number of approved foster care placements; provided further, that the report shall also include the number of children in psychiatric hospitals and Community Based Acute Treatment Programs who remain hospitalized beyond their medically-necessary stay while awaiting placement and the number of days each case remains in placement beyond that which is medically necessary; provided further, that the report shall include the number of children under department of social services care and custody who are being served in medical or psychiatric care provided through other publicly-funded sources; provided further, that the report shall also contain the number of children served by supervised visitation centers and the number of those children who are reunified with their families; provided further, that the report shall contain information on the total number of children served, their ages, the number of children served in each service plan, the number of children in out-of-home placements and the number of placements each child has had before receiving an out-of-home placement; provided further, that the report shall also contain the number of families receiving multiple 51A reports within a 10-month period, the number of cases reopened within 6 months of being closed and the number of children who return home and then re-enter an out-of-home placement within 6 months; provided further, that the report shall detail the number of children diverted from residential settings, the programs in which they were placed, the associated cost savings from the diversion and any other measurements that would help assess the success of these programs in promoting the health and well-being of children; provided further, that the commissioner of the department of social services may transfer funds between items 4800-0030, 4800-0035, 4800-0034, 4800-0038, and 4800-0041, as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means 15 days prior to any such transfer; and provided further, that not more than 5 per cent of any item shall be transferred in fiscal year 2008............................... $78,030,738

 

4800-0016           For the department of social services; provided, that the department  may expend for the operation of the transitional employment program an amount not to exceed $2,000,000 from revenues collected from various state, county and municipal government entities, as well as state authorities, for the costs related to the provision of services by the participants and the overhead costs and expenses incurred by the not-for-profit managing agent selected by the commissioner for administering the program; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of social services may enter into a contract with Roca, Inc., a not- for- profit community- based agency, to manage the transitional employment program and to provide services to participants from the aging- out population, parolees, probationers, youth service releases or other community residents considered to have employment needs............................................................................................................................ $2,000,000

 

4800-0025           For foster care review services........................................................................................................... $2,865,695

 

4800-0030           For local and regional administration and coordination of services provided by lead agencies and regional resource centers; provided, that flex services provided by these agencies shall be funded from this item $20,931,487

 

4800-0034           For foster care services provided by the department of social services; provided, that services funded through this item shall include foster care, intensive and comprehensive foster care and tiered reimbursements used to promote the foster care placement of children with special medical and social needs; provided further, that the department, in collaboration with the department of public health, shall develop programming designed to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancy amongst children receiving foster care services; and provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended on the recruitment and retention of foster parents................................................ $137,908,269

 

4800-0035           For adoption and guardianship services provided by the department of social services; provided, that adoption and guardianship services shall include subsidies, management and support; and provided further, that the department shall assess the appropriateness of adoption for children in its care for more than 12 months $102,217,742

 

4800-0036           For a sexual abuse intervention network program to be administered in conjunction with the district attorneys; provided, that each district attorney shall receive not less than the amount it received in the previous fiscal year for the sexual abuse intervention program .............................................................................................................. $739,182

 

4800-0038           For stabilization, unification, reunification and permanency services provided by the department of social services; provided, that services funded through this item shall include shelter services, substance abuse treatment, family reunification networks, young parent programs, parent aides, education and counseling services, family preservation services, protective services provided by partnership agencies, respite care services, post-adoption services, support services for foster and kinship families and juvenile firesetter programs; provided further, that any child who would have been eligible for a clothing benefit under regulations in place on January 1, 2007, shall receive a clothing benefit in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that not less than $2,300,000 shall be expended for the Young Parent Support Program; provided further, that not less than $498,850 shall be expended for Latinas y Ninos and Casa Esperanza; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for Massachusetts Families for Kids; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for a statewide contract with Northeastern University for violence prevention and conflict resolution program; provided further, that not less than $298,000 shall be expended for alternative schools for students aged 14 to 16, inclusive, who are placed before the court on child in need of services petitions in region 6; provided further, that not less than $257,000 shall be expended for the Laboure Center in South Boston; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to support the family center component of the Greater Lowell Family Resource Center; provided further, that not less than $187,500 shall be expended for the Center for Family Connections to provide therapeutic and rehabilitative mental health services, targeted research on well-being outcomes and permanency planning for older, hard-to-place youth and those aging out of the system; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for a contract with Julie's Family Learning program in the South Boston section of the city of Boston;  provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended for the Children's Cove Cape and Islands Child Advocacy Center; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for North End Outreach Network of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $104,123 shall be expended on the Teen Parenting program at Framingham High School; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Dunbar Community Center in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended by the Framingham office of the department of social services for the Metrowest Campership program operated by the Ashland youth advisory board; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purpose of providing case management services for the Amity Transitional Housing program in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for a contract with Big Brothers and Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands; and provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for a contract with child and family services of Cape Cod for the court diversion program; and provided further, that not less than $140,000 shall be expended for the MSPCC Franklin County Supervised Visitation Program.......................... $52,094,725

 

4800-0041           For group care services; provided, that funds may be expended from this item to provide intensive community-based services to children who would otherwise be placed in residential settings; provided, that the department shall form area review teams that shall evaluate the feasibility of maintaining the child in the community in this manner wherever possible before recommending placement in a residential setting........................................ $228,236,983

 

4800-0091           For the department of social services; provided, that the department may expend not more than $3,000,000 in federal reimbursements received under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act during fiscal year 2008 for the purposes of developing a training institute for professional development of social workers at the department of social services with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Salem State College; provided, that for the purposes of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lesser of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that nothwithstanding section 1 or any other general or special law to the contrary, federal reimbursements received in excess of $3,000,000 shall be credited to the General Fund; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for lease-purchases or the Family-Net system............................................................................................. $3,000,000

 

4800-0151           For a program to provide alternative overnight non-secure placements for status offenders and nonviolent delinquent youths up to the age of 17 in order to prevent the inappropriate use of juvenile cells in police stations for such offenders, in compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended................................................................................................................................................................ $319,171

 

4800-1100           For the AA object class costs of the department’s social workers; provided, that funds shall be directed toward mitigating social worker caseloads in those area offices furthest above the statewide weighted caseload standard and toward achieving a social worker caseload ratio of 18 to 1 statewide; provided further, that only employees of bargaining unit 8 as identified in the Massachusetts personnel administrative reporting and information system shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that any other payroll or administrative expenses associated with the management or support of such employees shall be paid from item 4800-0015.................. $147,289,334

 

4800-1400           For shelters and support services for people at risk of domestic violence; provided, that the department shall pursue the establishment of public-private partnership agreements established for family stabilization services funded from sources other than the commonwealth; provided further, that services shall include supervised visitation programs, certified batterer intervention programs for indigent batterers and their families and scattered site transitional housing programs, including programs to assist victims of domestic violence in finding and maintaining permanent housing; provided further, that participants in battered women's programs shall be provided with information regarding local transitional housing resources; provided further, that funding shall be made available to enhance counseling services for children who have witnessed domestic violence; provided further, that funding shall be made available for emergency shelters for substance-abusing battered women; provided further, that funding shall be made available for a statewide domestic violence hotline; provided further, that the department shall continue to provide any match funding required by federal program regulations; provided further, that domestic violence prevention specialists shall be funded from this item; provided further, that not less than $1,037,000 shall be expended for the YWCA battered Women’s shelter in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a domestic violence prevention program called ‘Teens-At-Risk’, operated by Portal To Hope for the communities of Everett, Lynn, Malden and Medford; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for the Western Mass Women's Initiative Survivor's Project; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the Planned Learning Achievement for Youth program in Amherst, in collaboration with the department of education, through an interagency service agreement; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Words not Weapons mentoring project in the town of Saugus; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Coalition; and provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Melrose Alliance Against Violence; and provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Wakefield Alliance Against Violence........................................................... $70,466,542

 

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES.

Department of Mental Health.

 

5011-0100           For the operation of the department; provided, that the department shall not refer or discharge a child or adolescent to the custody or care of the department of social services until the department of mental health forwards its assessment and recommendation as to whether the child or adolescent is appropriate for foster care or,  due to severe emotional disturbance, is more appropriate for group care; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of mental health shall report annually to the house and senate committees on ways and means on civil commitments......................................................................................................... $40,141,898

 

5042-5000           For child and adolescent services, including the costs of psychiatric and related services provided to children and adolescents determined to be medically ready for discharge from acute hospital units or mental health facilities and who are experiencing unnecessary delays in being discharged due to the lack of more appropriate settings; provided, that for the purpose of funding those services, the commissioner of mental health may allocate funds from the amount appropriated in this item to other departments within the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 16, 2008, on the results of the collaboration between the department and the other departments within the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the report shall detail the current status of the implementation of clinically appropriate service models for that population of children and adolescents, remaining disparities in the service system which require children and adolescents to be served in unnecessarily restrictive or otherwise clinically inappropriate settings and changes during fiscal years 2006 and 2007 in the clinical acuity of children and adolescents; provided further, that the department shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than November 17, 2007, a report detailing the implementation of the settlement agreement, dated August 29, 2006, and entered into by the parties of Rosie D. et al V. Romney, civil action No. 01-30199-MAP, filed in the United States District Court in order to provide community based services to children suffering from severe emotional disturbances, which shall include a schedule detailing the commencement of services and the cost to implement the settlement by service type;  provided further, that said report shall detail the impact on the number of residential placements provided for in item 5095-0015; provided further, that not less than $2,500,000 shall be expended for the Child Psychiatric Access project; and provided further, that not less than $1,800,000 shall be expended from this item in fiscal year 2008 to ensure that a licensed practitioner or a licensed nurse administers medication to children and adolescents whose mental health services are delivered by public or private providers of those services         $ 73,530,647

 

5046-0000           For adult mental health and support services; provided, that the department shall allocate funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 from item 5095-0015, to this item, as necessary, pursuant to allocation plans submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days prior to any such transfer, for residential and day services for clients formerly receiving care at department facilities; provided further, that not more than $8,999,768 shall be expended for services for clients of the department who are aging into the adult system from the child/adolescent mental health system or other systems of care if the clients meet the clinical eligibility criteria of the department; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the distribution of funds per adult and child planning population and the types of services received in each region for fiscal year 2008 not later than February 1, 2008; provided further, that not less than $3,314,796 shall be expended on the expansion of housing for the homeless mentally ill; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for the jail diversion program in Framingham; provided further, that $50,000 shall be expended for Mass Citizens Advocacy; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Fairwinds Clubhouse in Falmouth; and provided further, that not less than $1,900,000 shall be expended on mental health research.......... $315,563,247

 

5046-2000           For homelessness services............................................................................................................... $22,384,719

 

5046-4000           For the department of mental health; provided, that the department may expend not more than $125,000 in revenue collected from occupancy fees charged to the tenants in the creative housing option in community environments, the CHOICE program authorized by chapter 167 of the acts of 1987; provided, that all fees collected under that program shall be expended for the routine maintenance and repair of facilities in the CHOICE program including the costs of personnel.............................................................................................................................................. $125,000

 

5047-0001           For emergency service programs and acute inpatient mental health care services; provided, that the department shall continue an interagency service agreement with the executive office of health and human services for the purchase of services and for such other services as the agreement may provide including, but not limited to, acute inpatient care and diversionary services; provided further, that the most recent savings projection from the implementation of the agreement may be expended for community services in the MM object class of this item; and provided further, that the emergency service programs shall take all reasonable steps to identify and invoice the third party insurer of all persons serviced by the programs.............................................................................................................. $30,871,691

 

5047-0002           For the department of mental health; provided, that said department  may expend not more than $5,287,427 in revenue collected from services rendered in emergency programs and acute inpatient and diversionary settings on continuing care services in the community; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system.................................................................................................................. $5,287,427

 

5055-0000           For forensic services provided by the department; provided, that funds shall be expended to sustain and expand services provided through juvenile court clinics........................................................................................ $8,018,911

 

5095-0015           For the operation of adult inpatient facilities, including the community mental heath centers; provided, that in order to comply with the Olmstead decision and to enhance care within available resources to clients served by the department, the department shall take steps to consolidate or close psychiatric hospitals managed by the department and shall endeavor within available resources to discharge clients residing in the inpatient facilities to residential services in the community when the following criteria are met: 1) the client is deemed clinically suited for a more integrated setting; 2) community residential service capacity and resources available are sufficient to provide each client with an equal or improved level of service; and 3) the cost to the commonwealth of serving the client in the community is less than or equal to the cost of serving the client in inpatient care; provided further, that any client transferred to another inpatient facility as the result of a facility closure shall receive a level of care that is equal to or better than the care that had been received at the closed facility; provided further, that no action to reduce the client population of the Worcester or Westborough facilities for the sole purpose of closing the hospital shall be undertaken and no steps shall be taken to close the institution through attrition, layoffs or any other means until a study of the hospital building plan is completed and the general court shall have approved the closure of Worcester state hospital and Westborough state hospital; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505; and provided further, that the department may allocate funds in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 from this item to item 5046-0000, as necessary, under allocation plans submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before any  transfer, for residential and day services for clients formerly receiving inpatient care at the centers and facilities......................................................................................................................................................... $163,196,959

 

Department of Mental Retardation.

 

5911-1000           For the administration of the department of mental retardation; provided, that the department shall not charge user fees for transportation or community day services; and provided further, that the department shall not charge fees for eligibility determination for services provided by the department or for applications or requests for transfer of guardianship; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in fiscal year 2008 the comptroller shall transfer from the Department of Mental Retardation Trust Fund established under section 2RRR of chapter 29 of the General Laws an amount sufficient to reflect the costs of the assessment on public facilities collected under section 27 of chapter 118G of the General Laws and an amount sufficient to fund rate increases for services provided to MassHealth members by nonpublic intermediate care facilities and community-based residences; provided further, the comptroller shall transfer the federal financial participation received as a result of expenditures funded by the assessments to an account established for the department of mental retardation to administer for the purposes described above; and provided further, that the assessments shall not be collected and the expenditures shall not be authorized until the department of mental retardation and the executive office of health and human services certify the receipt of federal approval of any home and community-based waiver amendments and related Title XIX state plan amendments, if required................................................................................................................. $14,515,531

 

5911-2000           For transportation costs associated with the adult services program; provided, that the department shall provide transportation on the basis of priority of need as determined by the department .............. $14,137,324

 

5920-1000           For the operation of regional and area offices of the department; provided, that the department shall submit a semi-annual report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total number of service coordinators within the department, the number of consumers served by such coordinators and the amount of time spent per month per consumer  ................................................................................................................................. $57,047,365

 

5920-2000           For vendor-operated, community-based residential adult services, including intensive individual supports; provided, that $12,365,262 shall be expended in annualized funding for Turning 22 clients who began receiving the services in fiscal year 2007 pursuant to item 5920-5000 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2006; provided further, that $8,250,000 shall be expended for the fiscal year 2007 annualized cost of the settlement agreement in Rolland vs. Cellucci, and $5,000,000 shall be expended for the fiscal year 2008 cost of the settlement; provided further, that the commissioner of mental retardation shall transfer funds from this item to item 5920-2010, as necessary and pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of such funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days before any such transfer; provided further, that not more than $5,000,000 shall be transferred from this item in fiscal year 2008; and provided further, that not less that $100,000 shall be provided for GROW in the town of Stoughton.................. $547,157,631

 

5920-2006           For the implementation of a residential rate initiative; provided, that the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 18, 2008, detailing the use of such funds to establish a rate system for vendor-operated residential services................................................................. $2,000,000

 

5920-2010           For state-operated, community-based residential services for adults, including community-based health services for adults; provided, that the department shall maximize federal reimbursement, whenever possible under federal regulation, for the direct and indirect costs of services provided by the employees funded in this item $130,964,744

 

5920-2020           For compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement, dated December 19, 2000, and entered into by the parties in Boulet v. Cellucci, Civil Action No. 99-CV-10617-DPW, filed in the United States District Court of Massachusetts in order to provide services to the clients of the department on the waiting list on July 14, 2000 $87,812,812

 

5920-2025           For community-based day and work programs for adults and for $3,532,932 in annualized funding for Turning 22 clients who began receiving services in fiscal year 2007 under item 5920-5000 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2006......................................................................................................................................................... $122,569,711

 

5920-3000           For respite services and intensive family supports and for $1,766,466 in annualized funding for Turning 22 clients who began receiving services in fiscal year 2007 pursuant to item 5920-5000 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2006; provided, that the department shall pursue the highest rates of federal reimbursement possible for such services ........................................................................................................................................................... $54,794,228

 

5920-3010           For contracted support services for families with autistic children through the autism division at the department of mental retardation; provided, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for the purposes of providing services under the children’s autism Medicaid waiver application submitted pursuant to chapter 107 of the acts of 2005; provided further, that at a minimum, this waiver shall include children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 8, inclusive, including children with autism spectrum disorder ages 0 to 3, inclusive, receiving services through the department of public health’s early intervention program; provided further, that the income eligibility for the waiver shall not be any lower than MassHealth standard income eligibility for children to the extent feasible, and in the event that it is not feasible, the department shall provide the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than March 1, 2008, with projected steps and a timetable for ensuring that as soon as possible income eligibility for the waiver is not lower than MassHealth Standard income eligibility for children;  provided further, that the department shall take all steps necessary to ensure that eligible children with autism immediately begin to receive services pursuant to such waiver; provided further, that the department shall immediately file any waiver amendments necessary to comport with the requirements of this item with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;  provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education on the number of contracted support services provided for families with autistic children under this item and the costs associated with such services, not later than March 1, 2008; provided further, that the department shall submit copies of the amended waiver to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committees on education not later than December 31, 2007; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the purposes of a contract with Melmark New England, Inc. to provide training and support to families, educational collaboratives and public school districts on methods for coping with behavioral challenges associated with children who have autism spectrum disorders; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Youth Enhanced Services Non-Profit............................................................. $3,252,672

5920-5000           For services to clients of the department who turn 22 years of age during state fiscal year 2008; provided, that the amount appropriated under this item shall not annualize to more than $17,664,660 in fiscal year 2009; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 2, 2008 on the use of any funds encumbered or expended from this item including, but not limited to, the number of clients served in each region and the types of services purchased in each region............................................. $7,700,000

 

5930-1000           For the operation of facilities for the mentally retarded, including the maintenance and operation of the Glavin Regional Center; provided, that in order to comply with the provisions of the Olmstead decision and to enhance care within available resources to clients served by the department, the department shall take steps to consolidate or close intermittent care facilities for the mentally retarded, in this item called ‘ICF/MRs’, managed by the department and shall endeavor, within available resources, to discharge clients residing in the ICF/MRs to residential services in the community if the following criteria are met: 1) the client is deemed clinically suited for a more integrated setting; 2) community residential service capacity and resources available are sufficient to provide each client with an equal or improved level of service; and 3) the cost to the commonwealth of serving the client in the community is less than or equal to the cost of serving the client in ICF/MRs; provided further, that any client transferred to another ICF/MR as the result of a facility closure shall receive a level of care that is equal to or better than the care that had been received at the closed ICF/MR; provided further, that the department shall report to the joint committee on human services and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the progress of this initiative, including both past actions and proposed future actions; provided further, that the report shall include information relative to the status of residents of the Fernald Developmental Center; provided further, that the report shall include: the number of clients transferred from facility care into the community and the community supports provided to clients discharged from facility care into the community and the current facility bed capacity relative to the number of clients in ICF/MRs managed by the department; provided further, the report shall also include steps being taken to help minimize increases in travel distances for family members visiting clients at ICF/MRs resulting from the transfer of clients from one ICF/MR to another; provided further, that the department shall submit the report not later than February 15, 2008; provided further, that the Fernald Development Center shall not be closed before October 31, 2007, to ensure adequate community, client, and family member input into the closure planning process; provided further, that the department of mental retardation shall submit a plan regarding community transitions from ICF/MRs by January 1, 2008, to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that this plan shall detail the transition of clients from the school to appropriate settings; provided further, that the plan shall include consideration for the transition of employees of the school into community setting with their clients in order to ensure continuity of service wherever possible; provided further, that the plan shall be subject to the approval of the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for pharmacy services; provided further, that all costs associated with pharmacy services shall be paid out of item 4590-1505; provided further, that the department may allocate funds from this item to items 5920-2000, 5920-2010, and 5920-2025, as necessary, under allocation plans submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before any  transfer, for residential and day services for clients formerly receiving inpatient care at ICF/MRs; and provided further, that the department shall maximize federal reimbursement, whenever possible under federal regulation, for the direct and indirect costs of services provided by the employees funded in this item........................................ $176,397,994

 

5982-1000           For the department of mental retardation; provided, that the department may expend not more than $150,000 accrued through the sale of milk and other farm-related and forestry products at the Templeton Developmental Center for program costs of the center, including supplies, equipment and maintenance of the facility; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate therefor as reported in the state accounting system ..................................................... $150,000

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION.

Office of the Secretary.

 

6000-0100           For the office of the secretary of transportation; provided, that the office shall collaborate with the department of transitional assistance in its efforts to develop a program of transportation services for current and former recipients of the transitional aid to families with dependent children program pursuant to item 4401-1000; provided further, that the office shall submit to the joint committee on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means monthly reports detailing projects funded through the statewide transportation improvement program including, but not limited to, the location of the projects, the cost of the projects, the date of advertisement of the projects, the commencement date of the projects, the projected completion date of the projects and the source of funds for the projects; provided further, that the office shall also provide the committees with quarterly reports detailing construction and reconstruction projects on town and county ways as described in paragraph (a) of clause (2) of the first paragraph of section 34 of chapter 90 of the General Laws for which municipalities are projected to seek, have filed claims or have been paid state reimbursement; provided further, that a city or town shall comply with the procedures established by the secretary to obtain the necessary information to produce the reports; provided further, that the reports shall include, but not be limited to, the cost of the projects by city or town, the source of funding of the projects by city or town and the commencement and completion dates of the projects by city or town; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of transportation, in collaboration with the commissioner of highways, shall file a report each year with the joint committee on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than June 30; provided further, that the report shall include spending in the commonwealth through the statewide road and bridge program, the Chapter 90 program, the Small Town Road Assistance Program and all other programs expending funds for road and bridge projects within the commonwealth; provided further, that the report shall detail the location of the project by city or town, a brief project description, the project cost, the expected completion date, the source of funding and any other information deemed necessary; provided further, that the office shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means quarterly reports detailing all personnel-related expenditures made from capital funds; provided further, that the reports shall delineate for the executive office and for each agency, board, authority or commission under its control, the amounts paid in the prior quarter as compensation for each type of position assigned to capital projects that were charged to each such funding source; provided further, that the reports shall also delineate by funding source any other amounts paid for personnel-related costs that were charged to those funds, including payroll allocations for budgetary employees, fringe recovery and other chargebacks; provided further, that the reports shall identify the number of full time equivalent personnel classified in each position type; provided further, that the reports shall list all employees who are paid from this item and items 6010-0002 and 6006-0003 who also receive payments from any capital funds; provided further, that the reports shall include for each of those employees how much money the employees receive from the items and how much money each employee receives from any capital funds; provided further, that the reports shall delineate the information for full-time employees, part-time employees and contracted personnel; and provided further, that agencies within the executive office may, with the prior approval of the secretary, streamline and improve administrative operations pursuant to interdepartmental service agreements........................................................................................... $4,989,990

Highway Fund................................................................................... 100.0%

 

6000-0110           For the purpose of property management and maintenance of railroad properties owned by the executive office of transportation on behalf of the commonwealth, including the cost of personnel; provided, that the office may expend an amount not to exceed $27,344 from the rents and fees received pursuant to section 4 of chapter 161C of the General Laws ........................................................................................................................................................ $27,344

 

6000-0200           For the inter-district transportation program; provided, that such program shall include maintenance and expansion on routes serviced through the inter-district transportation program in fiscal  year 2007; provided further, in fiscal year 2008, the level of service shall remain the same as fiscal year 2007; provided, that the program shall be administered by the executive office of transportation; provided further, that the executive office of transportation shall negotiate an extension of all existing contracts for fiscal year 2008; provided further, that before the execution of the extensions and at the end of fiscal year 2008, the executive office shall request and each contractor shall provide all necessary books, materials, records and other compilations of data from each contractor to establish the appropriate state subsidy associated with each bus route; and provided further, that the compilations of data shall be made available to the senate and house committees on ways and means and the joint committee on transportation not later than December 15, 2007............................................................................................................................................... $2,000,000

 

6005-0015           For certain assistance to the regional transit authorities, including operating grants and reimbursements to increase the accessibility of transit provided to the elderly and disabled under the mobility assistance program, the regional transit authority program and the inter-city bus capital assistance program; provided, that the commonwealth, acting by and through the executive office for administration and finance, for the period beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2008, may enter into contracts with the authorities; provided further, that notwithstanding section 152A of chapter 161, and section 23 of chapter 161B of the General Laws, the amount shall be at least 50 per cent and up to 75 per cent of the net cost of service of each authority incurred in fiscal year 2007 shall be paid by the commonwealth, and shall not be assessed upon the cities and towns constituting the authorities; provided further, that the share assessed upon the cities and towns shall be at least 25 per cent of the net cost of service; provided further, that in the event that 25 per cent of the net cost of service of each authority exceeds 102.5 per cent of the previous year’s local assessment, excluding payments made by cities and towns for the costs of new service, for which the cities and towns have not previously been assessed, as allowed by chapter 580 of the acts of 1980, the regional transit authority shall reduce its operating expenses or increase its revenues to meet the difference; provided further, that operating expenditures of each of the regional transit authorities for fiscal year  2008 shall not exceed 102.5 per cent of its operating expenditures for fiscal year 2007; provided further, that for the purposes of this item, operating expenditures shall not include federal, private or additional municipal non-state revenue sources or any expenses arising from the provision of services required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or new services implemented after July 1, 1999, in an amount not to exceed a total of $3,613,905 for the 15 regional transit authorities; provided further, that the new services must have first received approval of the appropriate regional transit authority advisory board; provided further, that not less than 25 per cent of the net cost of service of the new services shall be assessed to the cities and towns of the appropriate transit authority, as detailed previously in this item; provided further, that each regional transit authority which provides the new services must file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on transportation, detailing the total costs and revenues associated with the new service; provided further, that the cost of the new services shall not annualize to more than $3,613,905; provided further, that not later than January 1, 2008, each of the 15 regional transit authorities shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report detailing any and all revenues collected as a result of services provided under item 4401-1000; provided further, that the executive office of transportation shall work cooperatively with the authorities and other public and private funding sources to maximize new revenues sources to expand transit services; provided further, that the authorities and the executive office of transportation shall develop processes and procedures for contracts for services with other state agencies; provided further, that the executive office of transportation and the authorities shall develop a 5-year transit plan for operational and capital objectives that the parties may measure against and plan toward and shall file the plan with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than April 1, 2008; provided further, that the executive office of transportation and the authorities shall work cooperatively to implement multi-year contracting for regional transit authority capital projects, particularly for construction projects and other multi-year commitments of the authorities; provided further, that the regional transit authorities shall implement structural, managerial and administrative reforms in order to achieve cost savings in services provided by the authorities; provided further, that the reforms shall include, but not be limited to, improved financing procedures for capital needs, approved plans for short and long-term service, a coordinated program of mass transportation for the regional transit authorities that provides standards of service for the authorities for types of service, passenger miles, hours of service, cost of service by route and mile and passenger, non-transportation revenue and system revenue generating options including, but not limited to, fare revenue and advertising revenue, assessments on member cities and towns, net operating investment per passenger-mile ratio and service quality standards; provided further, that the program shall involve an approach to service coordinated with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and other transit providers in order to achieve maximum efficiency of regional transit authority service routes; provided further, that all regional transit authorities shall achieve the fare and/or revenue recovery ratio of 40 per cent within 18 months from the effective date of this act; and provided further, that the Massachusetts Association of Regional Transit Authorities shall, on or before November 15, 2007, report to the joint committee on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the operations of the authorities in the first half of fiscal year 2008 and focus the report on the reforms and improvements........................................................... $52,254,572

General Fund....................................................................................... 80.0%

Highway Fund..................................................................................... 20.0%

 

Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.

 

6006-0003           For the administration of the commission, including the expenses of the commissioners.......... $462,992

 

Department of Highways.

 

6010-0001           For personnel costs of the department of highways, for certain administrative and engineering expenses and equipment of the highways commission, the office of the commissioner of highways, the division of administrative services, highway engineering, highway maintenance, highway construction, the outdoor advertising board, district and other highway activity offices, materials, supplies, fleet maintenance and equipment, general maintenance and equipment and the maintenance and operation of state highways and bridges and for the costs associated with the global positioning system program; provided, that no expenditures shall be made from the AA object code; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department may expend from capital authorizations amounts necessary to cover operational costs of the department in excess of amounts appropriated in this item to ensure that adequate staffing levels are maintained to support the services and programs offered by the department; provided further, that the department shall file quarterly reports with the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all amounts expended on bond-funded capital projects under the jurisdiction of the department and for all administrative and personnel expenses of the department charged to such bonds; provided further, that the reports shall be filed not later than 30 days after the end of each quarter; provided further, that notwithstanding any administrative bulletin or general or special law to the contrary, the department shall not pay any fees charged for the leasing or maintenance of vehicles to the division of operational services; provided further, that the department shall not be subject to section 36A of chapter 30 of the General Laws and section 22 of chapter 7 of the General Laws, but shall submit to the to the secretary of transportation for approval requests to repair such vehicles costing in excess of the limit set forth in said section 7; provided further, that the costs of routine highway maintenance provided by private and union workers in contract areas 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 5A, 5B and 5C and for costs associated with police services and overtime within such areas shall be paid from this item; provided further, that $90,000 shall be made available for all contractual contingency costs associated with highway maintenance in such areas; and provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing for each contract area expenditures for the costs of contractual contingency fees, personnel, police services, overtime, materials and vehicle repairs ....................................................................................... $16,863,815

Highway Fund .................................................................................. 100.0%

 

6010-0002           For AA object class payroll costs of item 6010-0001; provided, that the funds appropriated in this item shall be the only source of funding for all overtime expenses associated with the department’s snow and ice control efforts; provided further, that the department shall develop a plan that, by June 30, 2010, shall phase into the budgetary appropriation all personnel costs transferred to capital authorizations since June 30, 2002............................ $18,456,859

 

6010-0003           For the department of highways; provided, that the department may expend revenues collected up to $7,000,000 from revenue generated from promotional programs; provided, that funds collected shall be used for the management of that program and for highway maintenance costs; provided further, that the department shall prepare a report delineating the proposed allocation of funds to be expended for the management of such program and highway maintenance costs; provided further, that the report shall be filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 30 days prior to any encumbrance of the funds; and provided further, that the program and any expenditures made under the program shall comply with all statutes, rules and regulations governing billboards, signs and other outdoor advertising devices.......................................................................................................................... $7,000,000

Highway Fund................................................................................... 100.0%

 

6030-7201           For the costs of hired and leased equipment, vehicle repair, fuel costs and sand, salt and other control chemicals used for snow and ice control...................................................................................................................... $20,000,000

 

Board of Library Commissioners.

 

7000-9101           For the operation of the board of library commissioners .............................................................. $1,028,000

 

7000-9401           For state aid to regional public libraries; provided, that the board of library commissioners may provide quarterly advances of funds for purposes authorized by clauses (1) and (2) of section 19C of chapter 78 of the General Laws, as it considers proper, to regional public library systems throughout each fiscal year, in compliance with 815 CMR 2.00, the office of the comptroller’s regulations on state grants,; provided further, that notwithstanding said section 19C of said chapter 78 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Boston Public Library shall, as the library of last recourse for reference and research services for the commonwealth, be paid from this item an amount equal to $1.06 per resident in the commonwealth; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in calculating the fiscal year 2008 distribution of funds appropriated in this item, the board of library commissioners shall employ population figures used to calculate the fiscal year 2007 distribution..................... $15,730,361

 

7000-9402           For the talking book library at the Worcester Public Library............................................................ $415,000

 

7000-9406           For the Braille and talking book library at Watertown, including the operation of the machine lending agency; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the National Federation of the Blind Newsline Program           $2,203,997

 

7000-9501           For state aid to public libraries; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no city or town shall receive any money under this item in any year when the appropriation of the city or town for free public library services is below an amount equal to 102.5 per cent of the average of the appropriations for free public library service for the 3 years immediately preceding; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of library commissioners may grant not more than 55 additional waivers in excess of the waiver limit set forth in the second paragraph of section 19A of chapter 78 of the General Laws in fiscal year 2008 for a period of not more than 1 year; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, of the amount by which this item exceeds the amount appropriated in chapter 194 of the acts of 1998, funds shall be distributed under the guidelines of the municipal equalization grant program and under the guidelines for the library incentive grant program; and provided further, that any payment made under this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city or town and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the public library of such city or town without appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary...................................................... $9,389,844

 

7000-9506           For the technology and automated resource sharing networks.................................................... $2,851,000

 

7000-9507           For the purposes of implementing a public library matching incentive grant program; provided, that a $.50 state match shall be made for each $1 that local trustees and public library foundations raise; provided further, that eligible state matching funds shall be made available to municipalities that raise at least $2,000 and only up to $100,000 raised; and provided further, that funds from this item shall be made available to the local public library trustees for the enhancement of library services and shall not be used as part of the local match for an approved public library project as defined in section 19H of chapter 78 of the General Laws or to meet the appropriation requirement as defined in section 19A of said chapter 78......................................................................................................... $250,000

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

 

7002-0100           For the operation of the executive office of labor and workforce development, including the divisions under the control of the department; provided, that not later than January 4, 2008, the director of workforce development shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a comprehensive report describing in detail the job training services, including labor exchange, skills training and remedial education services related thereto which have been provided during the course of the fiscal year in the commonwealth, describing the systems for delivery of such services, describing the costs of such services and the sources of revenue for such services.......... $1,335,362

 

Department of Labor.

 

7002-0200           For the operation of the division of occupational safety; provided, that the division may employ staff not subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws for a program to evaluate asbestos levels in public schools and other public buildings; and provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item for the GG object class costs of the board of conciliation and arbitration, the division of apprentice training, the labor relations commission and the division of occupational safety ......................................................................................................................... $2,343,326

 

7002-0201           For the division of occupational safety, provided, that the division  may expend an amount not to exceed $152,850 received from fees authorized under section 3A of chapter 23 of the General Laws................ $152,850

 

7002-0500           For the operation and administrative expenses of the division of industrial accidents; provided, that not less than $800,000 shall be expended for occupational safety training grants; provided further, that said division shall submit a report not later than February 1, 2008 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the scope, objective and results of grant recipients’ safety training program; provided further, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed the amount appropriated in this item and for associated indirect and direct fringe benefit costs from assessments levied pursuant to section 65 of chapter 152 of the General Laws; provided further, that the division shall assign a judge to hear cases in Berkshire county not less than once a month; and provided further, that the treasurer may release to the division, subject to adequate and appropriate documentation of the need, to the workers’ compensation advisory council and the affirmative vote of at least 7 members of the workers’ compensation advisory council, sufficient funds from the special reserve account established in clause (c) of subsection (4) of said section 65 of said chapter 152 to pay for expenses to continue expansion of the conversion of the agency’s computer system from unify to oracle ................................................................................................................................ $20,735,488

 

7002-0600           For the operation of the labor relations commission.......................................................................... $953,535

 

7002-0700           For the operation of the joint labor management committee for municipal police and fire........... $538,126

 

7002-0800           For the operation of the board of conciliation and arbitration......................................................... $791,583

 

Department of Workforce Development.

 

7002-0012           For a youth-at-risk program targeted at reducing juvenile delinquency in high risk areas of the commonwealth; provided, that these funds may be expended for the development and implementation of a year-round employment program for at-risk youth; and provided further, that $500,000 of these funds shall be matched by private organizations; prior appropriation continued.................................................................................................................. $6,700,000

 

7002-0101           For the operation of the apprentice training program; provided, that no position in the apprentice training division shall be subject to chapter31 of the General Laws; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the deputy director shall require each apprentice entering into a written agreement to submit an application to the division for an apprentice identification card; provided further, that an apprentice identification card shall contain the photograph of the apprentice, the apprentice registration number or another number that the deputy director requires, the name and business address of the appropriate apprenticeship committee or single employee sponsor, the steps of progression and related dates applicable to the apprentice and the projected date on which the apprentice is to complete the apprenticeship; provided further, that as a condition of his apprenticeship, the apprentice shall keep the apprentice identification card on his person during his hours of employment during the apprenticeship; provided further, that an apprentice performing work on a project or projects subject to this item shall maintain in his possession an apprentice identification card; provided further, that any apprentice who is determined by the deputy director to be not enrolled in related classroom instruction classes shall be paid at the journey level rate for the duration of the public works project; and provided further, that for every week in which an apprentice is employed by a contractor, subcontractor or public body subject to this section, a photocopy of the apprentice's apprentice identification card, shall be attached to the records submitted under this item ......................................................... $465,489

 

7003-0604           For the career ladder grant program in long-term care established under section 410 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000; provided, that grants shall be available for certified nurses’ aides, home health aides, homemakers and other entry level workers in long-term care; provided further, that the grants may include training for English for speakers of other languages and other language and adult basic education programs to improve quality of care and improve direct care worker access to and participation in career ladder training; provided further, that the length of such grants shall not exceed 3 years; provided further, that notwithstanding section 410 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000, grants may be awarded on a competitive basis to long-term care labor management workforce partnerships, nursing homes, home care organizations or consortiums of nursing homes and/or home care organizations; provided further, that the Commonwealth Corporation shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on such grant program including, but not limited to, the number of grants awarded, the amount of each grant, a description of the career ladder programs, changes in care-giving and workplace practices that have occurred and their impact on quality of care and worker retention and the certificates, degrees or professional status attained by each participating employee; provided further, that the administrative and program management costs for the implementation of the grant program shall not exceed 4 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item; and provided further, that each grant may include funding for technical assistance and evaluation .......................................................... $1,500,000

 

7003-0605           For the operation and maintenance of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the purpose of maintaining and promoting manufacturing as an integral part of the Massachusetts economy and for programs designed to assist small and mid-sized manufacturing companies; provided, that $75,000 shall be made available for the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County for a pilot program for precision machining training              $925,000

 

7003-0701           For grants and technical assistance administered by the department of workforce development, under section 2RR of chapter 29 of the General Laws and for the cost of collecting the assessment established in section 14L of chapter 151A of the General Laws; provided, that the department of workforce development shall submit a report on the grants and technical assistance programs authorized in this item detailing the firms receiving grants, by number of employees, revenues, and industry, to the house and senate ways and means committee not later than January 15, 2008; provided further, that the report shall include specific measures of how grant recipients were able to increase job growth, retention rates and productivity as a result of the grants; provided further, that the report shall include measures of whether training participants received promotions and increased incomes as a result of training; provided further, that not more than $3,000,000 shall be expended for direct technical assistance under clause (2) of subsection (b) of said section 2RR of said chapter 29; provided further, that of said $3,000,000, not less than $75,000 shall be provided to the Workforce Investment Board Association to support the activities of business, labor, education, youth councils and community members in leading regional workforce development systems; provided further, that of this $3,000,000, each of the 16 workforce investment boards shall receive $75,000 in fiscal year 2008; provided further, that of said $3,000,000, each of the boards shall receive $20,000 for youth councils; and provided further, that, in accordance with said section 2RR of said chapter 29, the director shall demonstrate that each dollar expended generates not less than $5 in private investment in job training;............................................................................................................ $21,000,000

Workforce Training Fund ..............................................................  100.0%

 

7003-0702           For grants to be administered by the department of workforce development; provided, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended on the Massachusetts Service Alliance; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended on the Commonwealth Corporation; provided further, that not less than $400,000 shall be expended to provide employment, training and job placement by Year Up, Inc. of Boston; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the Jackson Appleton Middlesex Urban Revitalization; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for a hospital skills training program operated by the Commonwealth Corporation; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for Radius Specialty Hospital; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a gang intervention prevention program known as the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. At-Risk Youth Project in the city of Somerville, operated by the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc., for said city of Somerville;  provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) for the Pathways to Technology Initiative; provided further; that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Center for Women & Enterprise; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to support the Technology Initiative of the Metro South/West Regional Employment Board for the development of the Technology Centers of Excellence serving the region's youth and business but the grant shall require a 200 per cent match from the private sector; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a Farm Workers' Council serving low-income persons and the Hispanic population in western Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Centro Latino de Chelsea to provide workforce training, educational services and other transitional services in the city of Chelsea; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for a health center skills training program on Lower and Outer Cape Cod; and provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Women’s Career Mentoring Program operated by the Jewish Vocational Service’s Center for Careers and Lifelong Learning and The Women’s Union Woman to Woman Program; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Career Development Institute located in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended on the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation's microenterprise programs as a supplemental match to conduct an entrepreneurial training and technical assistance program for support of emerging high-growth microenterprises that are owned by or employ income-eligible residents; provided further, that not less than $215,000 shall be expended for rapid response labor specialists at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the International Institute to provided long-term case management and employment training for highly skilled immigrants; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the Latino After School Initiative (LASI) Youth Development Project; provided further, that not less than $139,500 shall be expended for Just-a-Start Corporation to provide training for entry level employment in the biotech and medical fields for 30 unemployed or displaced workers or persons receiving benefits from transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided further, that not less than  $150,000 shall be expended for worker coordinators at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO; provided further, that not less than $127,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Office of Employee Involvement and Ownership; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund to provide a job training initiative for participating health care institution; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be made available to More Than Words in the city of Waltham for the purpose of expanding operations to an additional city to be determined in consultation with the commissioner; provided further, that not less than $105,000 shall be made available to the E-Team Machinist Program in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not more than $100,000 shall be expended for both the Reunion Center in the town of Easthampton and the Easthampton Youth Entrepreneurship Project; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Centro Las Americas to provide workforce training, educational services and other transitional services in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in West Springfield to develop an intergenerational educational service and student mentoring program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be provided to the Workforce Investment Association of MA, Inc. for the purpose of providing technical assistance and assisting administrators, career center directors, and fiscal agents; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship for a program to teach business ownership skills to young people from low income communities; provided further, that not less than “$150,000 shall be provided to Lazarus House for the continued operation of a job training program; provided further, that not less than $95,000 shall be expended for the Mature Workers Program of the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for the retraining of pile drivers for employment in the offshore gas pipeline industry; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Middlesex Community College to develop, plan and conduct a pilot program in preparation for establishing a new program in Entrepreneurship Education; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Allston-Brighton vocational adjustment center for the continued operation of a job training and placement center; provided further, that not less than $9,000 shall be expended for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. to provide outreach and services to the Asian American community; and provided further, that not less than $7,500 shall be provided for the Bonnie Brae Camp in the city of Gardner; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to provide employment, training and job placement by the New Skills Academy in the city of Lawrence“; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to establish a post-secondary nursing degree and certification program at the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College; and provided further, that not less that $15,000 shall be expended as a grant to the town of Hopedale to support its Draper Mill Re-Use Project; and provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for WE CAN of Cape Cod for workforce training and career mentoring for women in transition; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce in the city of Springfield.......................................................................................................................................... $8,103,000

                                                         Workforce Training Fund .................................................................................................  100.0%

 

 

7003-0803           For the one-stop career centers; provided, that not less than $2,750,000 shall be expended for the one-stop career centers that were in existence on May 1, 1997, located in the Boston, Hampden county and the metro north service delivery areas and any satellite offices of said centers which opened on or before December 1, 1997; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for one-stop career centers that opened after January 1, 1999; provided further, that each career center shall inform unemployed or underemployed recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits who seek assistance from the center of the full range of education and training programs that are available to them, the availability of jobs in the professions for which the programs prepare participants and the average wage rates in the professions within the commonwealth; provided further, that this information shall encompass certified nurses’ aide training programs, job availability and wage rates; provided further, that the department of workforce development shall conduct an annual evaluation of the use of one-stop career centers including, but not limited to, the numbers of individuals and employers served in each region, the services provided by each one-stop career center, the number of persons served by and costs of operating the connecting unemployment insurance claimant initiative in one-stops and the costs of providing each person served the range of one-stop career services; provided further, that the department shall provide an analysis of the level of funds needed to adequately support the services at one-stop career centers; and provided further, that the director shall annually, by September 30, report to the secretary of administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies and the joint committee on labor and workforce development on the status of the evaluation required under this item and the allocation of said funds              $5,000,000

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Office of the Secretary.

 

7002-0010           For the operation of the office of the secretary of housing and economic development; provided, that agencies within the executive office may, with the prior approval of the secretary, streamline and improve administrative operations pursuant to interdepartmental service agreements ....................................................................... $390,592

 

7002-0013           For the operation of expedited permitting at the executive office of housing and economic development, related technical assistance grants to local municipalities and related payments to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency............................................................................................................................................................. $4,000,000

 

7002-0045           For the operation of the office of the wireless and broadband affairs director.............................. $250,000

 

Department of Housing and Community Development.

 

7004-0001           For the commission on Indian affairs ; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the development of a Native American Institute to be developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs and Tribal Leaders in Massachusetts...................................................................................................... $204,425

 

7004-0099           For the operation of the department of housing and community development; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department may make expenditures for the purposes of the department against federal grants for certain direct and indirect costs under a cost overhead allocation plan approved by the comptroller; provided further, that the comptroller shall maintain an account on the Massachusetts management accounting and reporting system for the purpose of making these expenditures; provided further, that expenditures made against the account shall not be subject to appropriation and may include the cost of personnel; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the department of housing and community development may conduct annual verifications of household income levels based upon state tax returns for the purposes of administering the state and federal housing subsidy programs funded in items 7004-9005, 7004-9009, 7004-9014, 7004-9019, 7004-9020, 7004-9024, 7004-9030, 7004-9033 and 7004-9316; provided further, that as a condition of eligibility or continued occupancy by an applicant or a tenant, the department may require disclosure of the social security number of an applicant or tenant and members of the applicant’s or tenant’s household for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may deny or terminate participation in subsidy programs for failure by an applicant or a tenant to provide a social security number for use in verification of income eligibility; provided further, that the department may also consult with the department of revenue, the department of transitional assistance or any other state or federal agency which it considers necessary to conduct such income verification; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these state agencies shall consult and cooperate with the department and furnish any information in the possession of the agencies including, but not limited to, tax returns and applications for public assistance or financial aid; provided further, that for the purpose of conducting income verification, the may enter into an interdepartmental service agreement with the commissioner of revenue to utilize the department of revenue’s wage reporting and bank match system for the purpose of verifying the income and eligibility of participants in federally-assisted housing programs and that of members of the participants’ households; provided further, that for the purposes of clarification only, notwithstanding  section 12 of chapter 490 of the acts of 1980, the department may authorize neighborhood housing services corporations to retain, re-assign and reloan funds received in repayment of loans made under the neighborhood housing services rehabilitation program; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Turning Point Day Resource Center for the Homeless in the town of Wareham; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Indian Orchard Main Street Partnership; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the Hungry Hill Development Corporation in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less $100,000 shall be expended for the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Housing Families, Inc of city of Malden for providing educational support programming for homeless children through the Children and Family Program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Kamp for Kids in Westfield; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Boston Housing Authority for a program to provide certain tenant services for the West Broadway Task Force; provided further, that funds appropriated herein shall be obligated for expenditure by the West Broadway Task Force for the purposes of tenant services provided by said Task Force; provided further, that funds appropriated herein shall not be expended by the Boston Housing Authority for discretionary purposes; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for Methuen-Arlington Neighborhood, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Greater Gardner Community Development Corporation; and provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the safe neighborhood initiative pilot program in the Grove Hall area of Roxbury and Dorchester; provided further, that $100,000 shall be expended for the ABCD North End elderly program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Center for Sustainability to assist in its mission; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Lowell Wish Project...................................... $9,020,831

 

7004-2475           For the homeownership opportunity affordable housing program; provided, that all sums appropriated shall be used to write down interest rates on soft second mortgage loans for low and moderate-income first-time home buyers............................................................................................................................................................. $5,250,000

 

7004-3036           For housing services and counseling; provided, that not less than $1,600,000 shall be expended as grants for the operation of 9 regional housing consumer education centers operated by the regional nonprofit housing authorities; provided further, that the grants shall be through a competitive application process under criteria created by the department; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; and provided further, that not less than $80,925 shall be expended for the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Inc. Donations Clearinghouse Program; and provided further, that $141,000 be expended for the Just A Start Corporation to administer a housing stabilization and conflict management services program to prevent homelessness............................................................................................... “$1,821,925

 

7004-3045           For a tenancy preservation program for neutral party consultation services in eviction cases before the housing court department of the Massachusetts trial court for individuals with disabilities and families that contain an individual with a disability in cases where the disability is directly related to the reason for eviction …….... $500,000

 

7004-4314           For the expenses of a service coordinators program established by the department to assist tenants residing in housing developed pursuant to sections 39 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws to meet tenancy requirements in order to maintain and enhance the quality of life in such housing ............................................................ $490,401

 

7004-9005           For subsidies to housing authorities and nonprofit organizations including funds for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals in housing for the elderly, handicapped, veterans and relocated persons under sections 32 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all housing authorities operating elderly public housing shall offer first preference for elderly public housing units which are vacant as of the effective date of this act, and thereafter, to those persons 60 years of age or older on June 30, 2007, receiving rental assistance from the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the department may expend funds appropriated in this item for deficiencies caused by certain reduced rentals which may be anticipated in the operation of housing authorities for the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year; provided further, that no monies shall be expended from this item for the purpose of reimbursing the debt service reserve included in the budgets of housing authorities; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be considered to meet any and all obligations under said sections 32 and 40 of said chapter 121B; provided further, that any new reduced rental units developed in fiscal year 2008 eligible for subsidies under this item shall not cause any annualization that results in an amount exceeding the amount appropriated in this item; and provided further, that all funds in excess of normal utilities, operations and maintenance costs may be expended for capital repairs........................................................................................................................................................... $60,113,590

 

7004-9024           For a program of rental assistance for low-income families and elderly persons through mobile and project-based vouchers; provided, that rental assistance shall only be paid under a program to be known as the Massachusetts rental voucher program; provided further, that the income of the households shall not exceed 200 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that the department may award mobile vouchers to eligible households currently occupying project-based units that shall expire due to the nonrenewal of project-based rental assistance contracts; provided further, that the department, as a condition of continued eligibility for vouchers and voucher payments, may require disclosure of social security numbers by participants and members of participants’ households in the Massachusetts rental voucher program for use in verification of income with other agencies, departments and executive offices; provided further, that any household in which a participant or member of a participant’s household shall fail to provide a social security number for use in verifying the household’s income and eligibility shall no longer be eligible for a voucher or to receive benefits from the voucher program; provided further, that the vouchers shall be in varying dollar amounts and shall be set by the department based on considerations, including, but not limited to, family size, composition, income level and geographic location; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the monthly dollar amount of each voucher shall be the department-approved total monthly rent of the unit less the monthly amount paid for rent by the household; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the use of rent surveys shall not be required in determining the amounts of the mobile vouchers or the project-based units; provided further, that any household which is proven to have caused intentional damage to its rental unit in an amount exceeding 2 month’s rent during any 1-year lease period shall be terminated from the program; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a mobile voucher whose use is or has been discontinued shall be re-assigned within 90 days; provided further, that the department shall pay agencies $32.50 per voucher per month for the costs of administering the program; provided further, that subsidies shall not be reduced for the cost of accommodating the cost of the inspections; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, each household holding a project-based voucher shall pay at least 30 per cent but not more than 40 per cent of its income as rent and each household holding a mobile voucher shall pay at least 30 per cent but not more than 40 per cent of its income as rent; provided further, that the department shall establish the amounts of the mobile vouchers and the project-based vouchers so that the appropriation in this item is not exceeded by payments for rental assistance and administration; provided further, that the department shall not enter into commitments which shall cause it to exceed the appropriation set forth in this item; provided further, that the households holding mobile vouchers shall have priority for occupancy of the project-based dwelling units in the event of a vacancy; provided further, that the department may impose certain obligations for each participant in the Massachusetts rental voucher program through a 12-month contract which shall be executed by the participant and the department; provided further, that such obligations may include, but shall not be limited to, job training, counseling, household budgeting and education, as defined in regulations promulgated by the department and to the extent these programs are available; provided further, that each participant shall be required to undertake and meet these contractually established obligations as a condition for continued eligibility in the program; provided further, that for continued eligibility, each participant shall execute this 12-month contract on or before September 1, 2007, if the participant’s annual eligibility recertification date occurs between June 30, 2007, and September 1, 2007, and otherwise on or before the annual eligibility recertification date; provided further, that any participant who is over the age of 60 years or who is disabled may be exempted from any obligations unsuitable under particular circumstances; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item in the AA object class for the compensation of state employees; provided further, that the department may assist housing authorities, at their written request, in the immediate implementation of a homeless prevention program utilizing alternative housing resources available to them for low-income families and the elderly by designating participants in the Massachusetts rental voucher program as at risk of displacement by public action through no fault of their own; provided further, that participating local housing authorities may take all steps necessary to enable them to transfer mobile voucher program participants from the Massachusetts rental voucher program into another housing subsidy program; and provided further, that the department of housing and community development shall strive to avoid a reduction in the value of the Massachusetts rental voucher from its value as of June 30, 2007.............................