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For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of 7,000 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012........... For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........... For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws........................................... For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established in 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; and provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than March 1, 2018 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (i) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) the number of backlog claims; and (iv) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J....................... 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 under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................................... For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3................................................... 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further, that not less than ,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not less than ,800,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided, that ,350,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than 0 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2018 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item in section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014 for the city of Haverhill shall be expended again in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than 0,000 shall be expended on a one time grant to the Haverhill public school district; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for municipal technology improvements in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for an outdoor park at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Inc. For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board not more than ,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from utility companies; provided, that 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................... For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the transportation oversight division not more than ,300,000 from unified carrier registration fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from motor carrier companies; provided, that 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................................................. For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item............................ For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item................................................... For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (vii) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed ,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (a) the operation and expenses of the department; (b) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (c) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (d) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than

For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of $297,000 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012........... For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........... For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws........................................... For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established in 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; and provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than March 1, 2018 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (i) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) the number of backlog claims; and (iv) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J....................... 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 under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than $2 per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................................... For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3................................................... 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not less than $2,800,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided, that $3,350,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2018 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item in section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014 for the city of Haverhill shall be expended again in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on a one time grant to the Haverhill public school district; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for municipal technology improvements in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for an outdoor park at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Inc. For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board not more than $75,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from utility companies; provided, that 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................... For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the transportation oversight division not more than $2,300,000 from unified carrier registration fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from motor carrier companies; provided, that 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................................................. For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item............................ For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item................................................... For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (vii) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $25,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (a) the operation and expenses of the department; (b) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (c) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (d) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (e) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (f) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J.

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For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of $297,000 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012........... For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........... For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws........................................... For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established in 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; and provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than March 1, 2018 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (i) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) the number of backlog claims; and (iv) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J....................... 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 under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than $2 per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................................... For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3................................................... 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not less than $2,800,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided, that $3,350,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2018 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item in section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014 for the city of Haverhill shall be expended again in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on a one time grant to the Haverhill public school district; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for municipal technology improvements in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for an outdoor park at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Inc. For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board not more than $75,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from utility companies; provided, that 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................... For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the transportation oversight division not more than $2,300,000 from unified carrier registration fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from motor carrier companies; provided, that 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................................................. For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item............................ For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item................................................... For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (vii) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $25,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (a) the operation and expenses of the department; (b) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (c) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (d) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (e) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (f) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J.

in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the reconstruction of the Robert H. For contract assistance and other payments to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for payment of debt service and related obligations in connection with bonds issued by the agency under chapter 293 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 303 of the acts of 2008; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall issue a report on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required pursuant to said chapters 293 and 303 for obligations existing on or before July 1, 2017 in fiscal years 2019, 20 and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2017, in fiscal years 2019, 20; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 31, 2017............. For the South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment $33,914 1599-3384.. Wall Experiment 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 under section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Wrentham for a water service project; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit organization to operate a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers.................................... For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $650,150 collected from fees for wetland permits; 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 $650,150 2200-0107.. section 7401 et seq., 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 Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions.................................... For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the federal Clean Air Act under 42 U. Martin golf course at an amount not less than $824,790; provided further, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the telecommunications system under agreements previously entered into; 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 department to maintain the telecommunications system; provided further, that when assigning time for the use of its skating rinks, the department shall give first priority to general public skating and then to an entity which qualifies under applicable state and federal law as a nonprofit organization or as a public school; provided further, that the department may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that 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; provided further, that expenditures made in advance of receipts shall not 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 the house and senate committees on ways and means when subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a memorial plaque for World War II Veteran, Leo J. Martin Golf Course in the town of Weston........................................ For the costs associated with the department’s 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 park rangers at the state house; and provided further, that door 5 of the Massachusetts state house shall be staffed and open to the public from a period beginning on Patriot’s Day and ending on Columbus Day, Monday through Friday, from AM to PM........... For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation....................................................... 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; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 pursuant to said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a battery testing facility feasibility study....................... For the operation of the department 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 and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item....................................................... For the administration of the department of early education and care; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, 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, including supportive child care services; 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 elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children’s Trust Fund established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys’ offices and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive servicesprovided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department for items 3000-30-4060 delineated by age category; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House in the city of Cambridge to support its childcare program; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to preserve early education programs in the city of Pittsfield.............................. For quality investments in early education and care, including not less than $4,000,000 to be expended for training, research and grants related to the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), of which not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for direct grants to early education and school age programs participating in the Massachusetts QRIS that are actively engaged in efforts to achieve Level 3 and Level 4 in order to improve quality in early education and school age system of care; provided, that costs related to department personnel who support quality improvement may be funded from this item, including the department's licensing staff and other personnel who ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for inspections, monitoring and training; provided further, that funds from this item shall support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and inclusive learning environments grants; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but shall not be limited to, development and purchase of curriculum, development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems, incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators, activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees, payment of fees, direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care and professional development courses; provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a comprehensive statewide study, conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston, relative to the early education and care workforce in the commonwealth $30,112,455 3000-1042..

,000,000; (e) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than

For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of $297,000 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012........... For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........... For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws........................................... For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established in 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; and provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than March 1, 2018 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (i) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) the number of backlog claims; and (iv) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J....................... 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 under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than $2 per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................................... For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3................................................... 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not less than $2,800,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided, that $3,350,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2018 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item in section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014 for the city of Haverhill shall be expended again in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on a one time grant to the Haverhill public school district; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for municipal technology improvements in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for an outdoor park at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Inc. For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board not more than $75,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from utility companies; provided, that 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................... For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the transportation oversight division not more than $2,300,000 from unified carrier registration fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from motor carrier companies; provided, that 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................................................. For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item............................ For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item................................................... For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (vii) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $25,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (a) the operation and expenses of the department; (b) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (c) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (d) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (e) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (f) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J.

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For the costs associated with expert witnesses retained by the department of revenue to resolve tax disputes; provided, that expenditures from this item shall be the lesser of $297,000 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012........... For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established pursuant to section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws........... For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws........................................... For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established in 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; and provided further, that the board shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means an annual report not later than March 1, 2018 on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to the following: (i) the number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) the reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) the number of backlog claims; and (iv) the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J....................... 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 under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Thirty-seventh, Thirty-seventh A, Forty-first, Forty-first B, Forty-first C, Forty-first C 1/2 and Fifty-second of section 5 of chapter 59 of the General Laws; provided further, that the commonwealth shall reimburse each city or town that accepts said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 for additional costs incurred in determining eligibility of applicants under said clause Forty-first B or Forty-first C of said section 5 of said chapter 59 not more than $2 per exemption granted; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be available for reimbursements to cities and towns for additional exemptions granted from the motor vehicle excise under the seventh paragraph of section 1 of chapter 60A of the General Laws...................................................... For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund in accordance with clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws and additional aid to municipalities as provided for in section 3................................................... 554 issued January 23, 2015; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments; provided further, that not less than $2,800,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided, that $3,350,000 shall be transferred to the executive office of public safety and security for a competitive grant program for public safety and emergency staffing to be administered by that executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities that: (i) have populations of at least 60,000; and (ii) demonstrate that their police or fire departments had a per capita operating budget of less than $200 in 2010; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities who submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 15, 2018 detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than the amount appropriated in this item in section 2 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014 for the city of Haverhill shall be expended again in fiscal year 2018; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on a one time grant to the Haverhill public school district; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for municipal technology improvements in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for an outdoor park at the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Inc. For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the energy facilities siting board not more than $75,000 from application fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from utility companies; provided, that 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................... For the department of public utilities, which may expend for the operation of the transportation oversight division not more than $2,300,000 from unified carrier registration fees collected in fiscal year 2018 and prior fiscal years from motor carrier companies; provided, that 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................................................. For the department of public utilities to regulate steam distribution companies; provided, that notwithstanding section 18A of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the cost of associated fringe benefits for personnel paid from this item............................ For the operation of the division of transportation network services; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid for this item................................................... For the operation of the department of environmental protection, including the environmental strike force, the bureau of planning and evaluation, the bureau of resource protection, the bureau of waste prevention, the Senator William X. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (vii) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $25,000,000, the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for: (a) the operation and expenses of the department; (b) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (c) the operation and maintenance of the department’s telecommunications system; (d) the operation and maintenance of the department’s skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (e) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (f) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J.

in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the reconstruction of the Robert H. For contract assistance and other payments to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for payment of debt service and related obligations in connection with bonds issued by the agency under chapter 293 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 303 of the acts of 2008; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall issue a report on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required pursuant to said chapters 293 and 303 for obligations existing on or before July 1, 2017 in fiscal years 2019, 20 and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2017, in fiscal years 2019, 20; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 31, 2017............. For the South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment $33,914 1599-3384.. Wall Experiment 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 under section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Wrentham for a water service project; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit organization to operate a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers.................................... For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $650,150 collected from fees for wetland permits; 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 $650,150 2200-0107.. section 7401 et seq., 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 Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions.................................... For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the federal Clean Air Act under 42 U. Martin golf course at an amount not less than $824,790; provided further, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the telecommunications system under agreements previously entered into; 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 department to maintain the telecommunications system; provided further, that when assigning time for the use of its skating rinks, the department shall give first priority to general public skating and then to an entity which qualifies under applicable state and federal law as a nonprofit organization or as a public school; provided further, that the department may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that 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; provided further, that expenditures made in advance of receipts shall not 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 the house and senate committees on ways and means when subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a memorial plaque for World War II Veteran, Leo J. Martin Golf Course in the town of Weston........................................ For the costs associated with the department’s 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 park rangers at the state house; and provided further, that door 5 of the Massachusetts state house shall be staffed and open to the public from a period beginning on Patriot’s Day and ending on Columbus Day, Monday through Friday, from AM to PM........... For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation....................................................... 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; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 pursuant to said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a battery testing facility feasibility study....................... For the operation of the department 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 and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item....................................................... For the administration of the department of early education and care; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, 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, including supportive child care services; 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 elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children’s Trust Fund established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys’ offices and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive servicesprovided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department for items 3000-30-4060 delineated by age category; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House in the city of Cambridge to support its childcare program; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to preserve early education programs in the city of Pittsfield.............................. For quality investments in early education and care, including not less than $4,000,000 to be expended for training, research and grants related to the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), of which not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for direct grants to early education and school age programs participating in the Massachusetts QRIS that are actively engaged in efforts to achieve Level 3 and Level 4 in order to improve quality in early education and school age system of care; provided, that costs related to department personnel who support quality improvement may be funded from this item, including the department's licensing staff and other personnel who ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for inspections, monitoring and training; provided further, that funds from this item shall support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and inclusive learning environments grants; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but shall not be limited to, development and purchase of curriculum, development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems, incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators, activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees, payment of fees, direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care and professional development courses; provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for a comprehensive statewide study, conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston, relative to the early education and care workforce in the commonwealth $30,112,455 3000-1042..

,098,011; and (f) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J.

in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for the reconstruction of the Robert H. For contract assistance and other payments to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency for payment of debt service and related obligations in connection with bonds issued by the agency under chapter 293 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 303 of the acts of 2008; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance shall issue a report on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required pursuant to said chapters 293 and 303 for obligations existing on or before July 1, 2017 in fiscal years 2019, 20 and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2017, in fiscal years 2019, 20; and provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 31, 2017............. For the South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment ,914 1599-3384.. Wall Experiment 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 under section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended to the town of Wrentham for a water service project; and provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit organization to operate a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers.................................... For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than 0,150 collected from fees for wetland permits; 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 0,150 2200-0107.. section 7401 et seq., 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 Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions.................................... For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the federal Clean Air Act under 42 U. Martin golf course at an amount not less than 4,790; provided further, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the telecommunications system under agreements previously entered into; 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 department to maintain the telecommunications system; provided further, that when assigning time for the use of its skating rinks, the department shall give first priority to general public skating and then to an entity which qualifies under applicable state and federal law as a nonprofit organization or as a public school; provided further, that the department may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that 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; provided further, that expenditures made in advance of receipts shall not 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 the house and senate committees on ways and means when subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made; and provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for a memorial plaque for World War II Veteran, Leo J. Martin Golf Course in the town of Weston........................................ For the costs associated with the department’s 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 park rangers at the state house; and provided further, that door 5 of the Massachusetts state house shall be staffed and open to the public from a period beginning on Patriot’s Day and ending on Columbus Day, Monday through Friday, from AM to PM........... For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation....................................................... 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; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2018 pursuant to said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for a battery testing facility feasibility study....................... For the operation of the department 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 and the associated fringe benefits costs for personnel paid from this item....................................................... For the administration of the department of early education and care; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, 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, including supportive child care services; 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 elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children’s Trust Fund established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys’ offices and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive servicesprovided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department for items 3000-30-4060 delineated by age category; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for East End House in the city of Cambridge to support its childcare program; and provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended to preserve early education programs in the city of Pittsfield.............................. For quality investments in early education and care, including not less than ,000,000 to be expended for training, research and grants related to the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), of which not less than ,000,000 shall be expended for direct grants to early education and school age programs participating in the Massachusetts QRIS that are actively engaged in efforts to achieve Level 3 and Level 4 in order to improve quality in early education and school age system of care; provided, that costs related to department personnel who support quality improvement may be funded from this item, including the department's licensing staff and other personnel who ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for inspections, monitoring and training; provided further, that funds from this item shall support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and inclusive learning environments grants; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but shall not be limited to, development and purchase of curriculum, development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems, incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators, activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees, payment of fees, direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care and professional development courses; provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation; and provided further, that not less than 0,000 shall be expended for a comprehensive statewide study, conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston, relative to the early education and care workforce in the commonwealth ,112,455 3000-1042..

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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 funds may be expended for the payment of bank fees; and provided further, that financial assistance shall be made available to injured firefighters....................................................... For the Office of Economic Empowerment; provided, that $60,000 shall be expended for Budget Buddies, Inc. For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain bonded debt and the sale of bonds of the commonwealth; provided, 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 items 0699-9100, 0699-20-0014; 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, 2018 from this item to items 0699-9100, 0699-20-0014 or from items 0699-9100, 0699-20-0014 to this item which would otherwise have insufficient amounts to meet debt service obligations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018; 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 said chapter 29 shall be paid from this item and shall be charged to the Infrastructure subfund of the Commonwealth Transportation Fund; and 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 in the item 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 $2,161,164,639 General Fund.......................... For the office of the inspector general, which may expend revenues collected up to a maximum of $850,000 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 timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office 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.................. For the operation of the bureau of program integrity established under section 16V of chapter 6A of the General Laws...... For the operation of the internal special audit unit established in section 9 of chapter 6C of the General Laws.............. For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination; provided, that not later than March 1, 2018, the commission shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means a report on: (i) the number of currently pending cases and the number of cases under investigation and in post-probable cause, with the number of post-probable cause cases delineated by the number of cases in the conciliation, pre-public hearing and post-public hearing stages; (ii) the number of cases pending before the commission in which a state agency or state authority is named as a respondent, delineating those cases by agency or authority; (iii) the number of new cases filed in fiscal year 2017; and (iv) the number of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that funds made available in this item shall be in addition to funds available in item 0940-0101; and provided further, that all nonclerical positions shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws.... For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $2,468,211 in revenues from federal reimbursements received for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development fair housing type 1 program and the equal opportunity resolution contract program during fiscal year 2018 and for federal reimbursements received for these and other programs in prior fiscal 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 purpose of accommodating timing 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................................ For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $240,000 in revenues collected from fees charged for the training and certification of diversity trainers for the operation of the discrimination prevention certification program; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing 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................................................... For the commission on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth established in section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be used to address issues related to the implementation of section 37O of chapter 71 of the General Laws............................................. For the commission on the status of citizens of Asian and Pacific Islander descent under section 68 of chapter 3 of the General Laws.......................................................... For the office of the state comptroller; provided, that the comptroller shall submit 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 collected revenues; provided further, that the comptroller shall make expenditures for the purpose of an enhanced intercept collections of delinquent debt program; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary the comptroller may take any necessary actions to secure financial and payroll data including, but not limited to, restricting certain data released under section 20 of chapter 66 of the General Laws................... For the office of the secretary; provided, that the secretary shall provide biannual reports, the first of which shall be submitted not later than August 1, 2017 and the second of which shall be submitted not later than February 1, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the reports shall summarize existing and proposed collective bargaining agreements in an electronic format which shall include the following information for each agreement: (i) the session law for the previously agreed upon collective bargaining agreement; (ii) the current agreement status; (iii) the collective bargaining unit and unit number; (iv) the full-time equivalent employees subject to the agreement by item; (v) a description of the membership of the unit; (vi) the total salary base of the most recent previous agreement; (vii) the start date and expiration date of the most recent agreement; (viii) the estimated total fiscal impact of the agreement compared to the previous agreement; (ix) the base salary increases required by the agreement by effective time; and (x) the funding status of the agreement; provided further, that the report shall detail by bargaining unit the costs to the commonwealth resulting from the collective bargaining agreements with various public employees’ unions, delineated by line item; provided further, that the report shall include the effective date of any new negotiations or renegotiations, the end date of the contract, the number of employees in the bargaining unit by department and the costs associated with any new negotiations or renegotiations, including salary adjustments, step increases, statutory benefits and other non-salary costs for the current and subsequent fiscal years for the life of the contract; and provided further, that the executive office shall provide quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing federal grant applications submitted and federal grants received by executive branch agencies during the applicable reporting period. For supporting activities relating to accountability and transparency including, but not limited to, economic forecasting, adoption of uniform procedures across state agencies and departments and maximizing federal revenue opportunities................. For the provision of information technology services within the executive office for administration and finance....... For the caseload and economic forecasting office; provided, that the office shall forecast: (i) Mass Health enrollment by group and coverage type; (ii) participation in state-subsidized childcare provided through items 3000-30-4060; (iii) participation in emergency assistance and housing programs provided through items 7004-0101, 7004-0102, 7004-01-9316; (iv) enrollment of both active members and dependents in the group insurance commission; (v) recipients of direct benefits provided by the department of transitional assistance through items 4403-2000, 4405-20-1000; (vi) participation in programs provided by the department of children and families through items 4800-00-0041; and (vii) other related economic forecasts; provided further, that the office shall report its fiscal year 2017 actuals, fiscal year 2018 actuals and forecasts and fiscal year 2019 forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than October 13, 2017; and provided further, that the office shall submit updated forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 16, 2018 and March 15, 2018....................................... For the operation of the office of facilities management, including the cost of utilities and associated contracts for properties managed by the division; provided, that the office shall continue to provide funding for all janitorial services at the same level provided in fiscal year 2017 for all buildings under the jurisdiction of the office................................................. For the division of capital asset management and maintenance, which may expend for the maintenance and operation of the Massachusetts information technology center and other state buildings not more than $8,881,074 in revenues collected from rentals, commissions, fees and any other sources pertaining to the operations of those facilities; provided, 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................................................. For the division of capital asset management and maintenance; provided, that the division may expend not more than $300,000 from revenues 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; provided further, that only expenses, including staffing, incurred to implement and operate the certification program shall be funded from this item; and 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.................................. For state house accessibility coordination, including communications access to public hearings and meetings; provided, that access shall include interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing $141,921 1102-3309.. For the waterfowl management program established pursuant to section 11 of chapter 131 of the General Laws..................... program; provided further, that not less than $185,000 shall be expended for the continuation of the industry based survey program conducted by the division; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended for coastal and marsh restoration and revitalization including, but not limited to, the treatment of phragmites and other invasive species; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a Great Marsh green crab trapping program.......... For the division of marine fisheries for a program to enhance and develop marine recreational fishing and related programs and activities, including the cost of equipment, maintenance and staff and the maintenance and updating of data................. 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 not more than $217,989 in revenues collected from federal Sport Fish Restoration Program funds and from the sale of materials which promote marine recreational fishing; and 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........................... For the operation and maintenance of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend not more than $75,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by operations; provided further, that the division shall submit a report detailing the revenues collected and expended and the shellfish volume increase realized from the implementation of wet storage and desanding services and the shellfish purification plant management plan dated March 1, 2012 to the executive office of environmental affairs, the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 6 months after the effective date of this act; and 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................................... For conducting surveys to monitor and forecast an abundance of commercially-important invertebrate species in commonwealth waters, including a ventless lobster trap employing the services of contracted commercial lobster fishing vessels in the commonwealth; provided, that the division of marine fisheries may expend not more than $250,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by the sale of lobster permits; and 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.................. For the administration and operation of the saltwater fishing permit program pursuant to section 17C of chapter 130 of the General Laws.......................................................

in the town of Chelmsford to operate a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women............................................. 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 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; and 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 $2,438,091 0610-0051.. 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; provided, that the state treasurer’s office shall provide immediate written notification to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the expenditure of the funds appropriated in this item; and provided further, that at the written request of the office of the state treasurer, the comptroller shall transfer uncommitted and unobligated funds from item 1599-3384 to this item................... For the operation of the state lottery commission and arts lottery; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for costs associated with the promotion or advertising of lottery games; provided further, that positions funded from 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 in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund................................... For the costs associated with monitor games; provided, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund....................................................... For the promotional activities associated with the state lottery program; provided, that the lottery commission shall issue a report not later than June 30, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the report shall detail additional revenues generated as related to promotional activities funded from this item; and provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund.. For the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2018 contributions to the health and welfare fund established under the collective bargaining agreement between the state lottery commission and the Service Employees International Union, Local 888, AFL-CIO; provided, that the contributions shall be paid to the 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 and Gaming Fund to the General Fund............................................. For the services and operations of the Massachusetts cultural council, including grants to or contracts with public and nonpublic entities; provided, that the council may expend the amounts appropriated in this item for the council as provided in sections 52 to 58, inclusive, of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that 25 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred quarterly from the State Lottery and Gaming Fund to the General Fund; 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; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Springfield central cultural district.............................................. For the state treasurer who may retain and expend not more than $20,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 from premiums paid on the sales of revenue anticipation notes and expend those premium payments to pay the principal and interest on account of the revenue anticipation notes................................................. For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness incurred under chapter 233 of the acts of 2008 for financing the accelerated bridge program............. For the operation of the bureau of the state house; provided, that the superintendent, director of operations and other employees of the bureau shall work in conjunction with the business manager of the house of representatives and the chief financial officer of the senate on the maintenance, repair, purchases and payments for materials and services................................. For the disabled persons protection commission; provided, that the commission shall facilitate compliance by the department of mental health and the department of developmental services 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 department of developmental services, the department of mental health and the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission; provided further, that the report shall include: (i) the number of substantiated claims; (ii) the number of unsubstantiated claims; and (iii) the number of false claims reported as a result of intentional and malicious action; and provided further, that all persons who call the commission’s 24-hour hotline shall be provided with the opportunity to elect that the call not be recorded..... For the civil service commission; provided, that the General Fund shall be reimbursed for the appropriation in this item through a fee charged on a per claim basis; provided further, that the commission shall develop and implement regulations to provide for reimbursement to the General Fund; and provided further, that the commission may assess a fee upon the appointing authority when inappropriate action has occurred......................................................... For the operation of the group insurance commission; provided, that the commission shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting on a monthly basis; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that the commission shall report quarterly to the house and senate committees on ways and means, with the first report due not later than September 29, 2017, that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) any proposed plan changes accompanied by a detailed rationale for said changes; (ii) a full delineation of any estimated deficiencies or reversions in the current fiscal year, detailed by line item; and (iii) a projection of any funding changes for the following fiscal year, detailed by item; and provided further, that the commission shall provide all materials presented at any public meetings hosted by the commission to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days after the public meeting....................................................... For the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium and plan costs incurred in fiscal year 2018; 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 2018 and any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2018; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance shall charge the department 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 premium and plan costs as the secretary determines shall 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 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 employees and retirees in prior fiscal years; 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 under chapter 32A of the General Laws; provided further, that the rules for determining the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premiums for retired and active state employees shall be the same as the standards in effect on July 1, 2012; provided further, that the commission shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 90 days before any changes in coverage, benefits or the schedule of copayments and deductibles for plans offered by the group insurance commission; provided further, that the commission may pay premium and plan costs for municipal employees and retirees who are enrolled in the commission’s health plans under the commission’s regulations; and provided further, that the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2018 on: (i) the average full cost premium equivalent per enrollee; (ii) the average actual cost per enrollee for enrollees from participating municipalities; (iii) the contribution ratios for each participating municipality for fiscal year 2017; (iv) the premium reimbursement paid by each municipality per active enrollee by plan; (v) the average employee premium contribution by plan for each municipality; (vi) estimates for the total premium per active enrollee by plan for each municipality; (vii) the average employee out-of-pocket expenditure and premium contribution by salary level for employees at different salary levels; (viii) a comparison of the total premium estimate with the sum total of municipality reimbursement and average employee premium contribution; and (ix) the cost of the commonwealth’s projected share of premiums for the next fiscal year................................................... For the costs incurred by the group insurance commission associated with providing municipal health insurance coverage under section 19 of chapter 32B of the General Laws; provided, that the commission may expend not more than $2,196,745 from revenue received from administrative fees associated with providing municipal health insurance coverage under said section 19 of said chapter 32B; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing 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................................ For elderly governmental retired employee premium payments $127,271 1108-5400.. 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 who may have been exposed to agent orange and the families of such veterans; provided further, that centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001 and the families of those veterans; provided further, that the department shall make a payment equal to the amount appropriated for each outreach center funded by this item in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that each outreach center receiving funds under this item shall report to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 15, 2018, on: (i) the number of veterans served annually; (ii) the costs and types of programs, including evidence-based programs, offered to veterans; and (iii) a 5-year spending plan or outline that shall include a discussion of the implementation or further development of evidence-based programs and program evaluation; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for Nathan Hale Outreach Centers; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Soldier On for the purpose of providing services to homeless veterans in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire County; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Springfield chapter of the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. For the operation of the board of registration of hazardous waste site cleanup professionals, notwithstanding section 19A of chapter 21A of the General Laws.................................. For the office of the commissioner of fish and game; provided, that the commissioner’s office shall assess and receive payments from the division of marine fisheries, the division of fisheries and wildlife, the office of fishing and boating access, the division of ecological restoration, the riverways program and all other programs under the control of the department of fish and game; provided further, that those assessments shall be used 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; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Herring run to Whitman's pond in the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the management and cleanup of invasive pond vegetation at floating bridge pond in the city of Lynn; and provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for a boat ramp and boarding pier project in a town in Suffolk county $2,029,079 2300-0101.. For the purchase of land containing wildlife habitats 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.. $1,306,079 Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund 100% 2511-0100.. For the operation of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that notwithstanding section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws, the department shall establish or renegotiate fees, licenses, permits, rents and leases and adjust or develop other revenue sources to fund the maintenance, operation and administration of the department; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for personnel overtime costs; provided further, that the department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with Mass Development for the purpose of supporting the management and operations at the New Bedford and Fall River state piers; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the improvement and management of lakes and ponds in Central Plymouth County Water District; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for aquatic invasive species control; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for an open spaces and parks study in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be allocated for management of Wampatuck pond in the town of Hanson; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements at Mc Kenzie field in the city of Holyoke........................................ For the watershed management program to operate and maintain reservoirs, watershed lands and related infrastructure of the department of conservation and recreation and the office of water resources in the department; provided, 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 the department shall continue to make payments pursuant to chapter 616 of the acts of 1957, as amended by section 89 of chapter 801 of the acts of 1963; provided further, that the department shall continue to make payments pursuant to chapter 307 of the acts of 1987 for the use of certain land; and provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for weed control in lake Singletary in the towns of Millbury and Sutton............................................... 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 not less than $25,000 shall be expended for storm water testing in the town of Belmont......................................................... For the existing maintenance, operational and infrastructure needs of the metropolitan beaches in section 70 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, 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; provided further, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for the metropolitan beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull to be fully maintained and seasonally staffed as recommended by the metropolitan beaches commission in coordination with the department of conservation and recreation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s staff time, consultants and direct expenses to support the ongoing work of the metropolitan beaches commission; and provided further, that not less than $190,000 shall be expended for matching grants to public and nonpublic entities to support free public events and programs on the metropolitan beaches as part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Grants Program as recommended by the metropolitan beaches commission..................................... For the operation of the beaches, pools and spray pools under the control of the department of conservation and recreation; provided, that the seasonal hires of the department’s parks, beaches, pools and spray pools shall be paid from this item; provided further, that all beaches, pools and spray pools shall remain open and staffed from Memorial Day through Labor Day; provided further, that the beaches, pools and spray pools shall be fully maintained; provided further, that seasonal employees who are hired before the second Sunday preceding Memorial Day, whose employment continues beyond the Saturday following Labor Day and who received health insurance benefits in fiscal year 2017, shall continue to receive such benefits in fiscal year 2018 during the period of that employee’s seasonal employment; provided further, that notwithstanding section 1 of chapter 31 of the General Laws, seasonal positions funded by this item shall be 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; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for staffing and operations necessary at Halibut Point state park in the town of Rockport; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for staffing and operations necessary at Berry pond in the Harold Parker state forest....... For the office of dam safety; provided, that the office 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 and develop a coordinated permitting and regulatory approach to dam removal for stream restoration and public safety; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for dam inspections and repairs at Breed and Walden ponds in the city of Lynn; and provided further, that $150,000 shall be expended to the town of Norfolk for the design and repair of the City Mills dam................................................ For the operation of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used: (i) to operate all of the division’s parks, parkways, boulevards, roadways, bridges and related appurtenances under the care, custody and control of the division, flood control activities of the division, reservations, campgrounds, beaches and pools; (ii) to oversee skating rinks; and (iii) 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 the same properties shall be open in fiscal year 2018 as were open in fiscal year 2017; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be made available for payment to true seasonal employees; provided further, that the crossing guards located at department of conservation and recreation intersections shall continue to perform the duties where state police previously performed such duties; provided further, that the division may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that the rinks under the control of the department shall remain open and staffed for the full rink season; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of Red Rock park in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for an air quality study at the Concord playing fields between route 126 and Crosby's corner in the town of Concord; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for improvements to Ghiloni park and Stevens playground in the town of Marlborough; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Head Town landing in the town of Westport; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for weed removal and water quality measurement for Johnson's pond in the town of Groveland; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the development of a community garden at the Medway community farm in the town of Medway; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the iron ore fence on the corner of route 123 and route 140; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a study on the department’s wooded land adjacent to the department’s Kennedy playground and garden in Mattapan; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for renovations to the Greenville pond dam in the town of Leicester; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for construction purposes for the Friends of Coppens Square; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for fencing and repairs to City Square park in Charlestown; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a new veterans park in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Franklin, Medway, and Bellingham Army Corps of Engineers flood plain and wildlife habitat; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hill Observatory science center; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the removal of hazardous substances in the town of Ashland; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for tree re-planting in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Tom Lopes community sculpture project; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Bradford rail trail in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the treatment and preservation of Indian lake in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the Artesani park outdoor theatre; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Let’s Row Boston program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Mac Donald memorial park in the city of Medford; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to improve Magazine beach in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $50,000 be expended to the city of Beverly for repairs to the carriage house in Lynch park; provided further, that $25,000 shall be expended for the development, improvement and landscaping of the Veterans Road playground in the town of Dedham; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be granted to the parks commission of the city of Brockton to renovate Mc Kinley playground; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for an asset management modernization program and implementation pilot within the department with the goal of adequate stewardship and budgeting; provided further, that this funding shall consist of additional staffing, consulting and training; provided further, that the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 1, 2018 on the progress of such program and pilot; provided further, that said report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the status of hiring for the additional staffing required; (b) contracts with outside consulting; and (c) the progress of planned and delivered training; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for invasive species control on the Mystic river; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to Hardwick Pond Preservation Association, Inc.

236-237._____ Low, daughter of Stephen and Alice Low, was born in Warwick, RI 8-22-1737. ||Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury, Joshua Coffin, Peter E. Betsey Low, WIDOW, daughter of Amos Burnham, died of consumption 9-24-1846, aged 82 yrs, 2m. || Vital Records of Essex Massachusets to the End of the Year 1849, Essex Institute, Salem, MA 1908, p. Betsey Low was born , daughter of Daniel and Mary (Luscomb) Low. Chamberlain] || Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, To The End of The Year 1849, Vol I - Births, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1924, p. The first female white child born in Clinton, ME, GR.8. Thomas Powell, 21 years old, was born at Wethersfield, Conn. (a freighter) and Rachel Low, was born in Rockport, MA on 7-1-1849. Jonathan Nowell’s Co, Col James Scammon’s (30) regt; muster roll dated 8-1-1775; engaged 5-2-1775; service, 3 mos 7 days; also, company return (probably Oct 1775), including abstract of pay to last of July, 1775. 530.~ Edward Porter Low died 1-18-1815, aged 10 months. [First Church record] || Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, To The End of The Year 1849, Vol V - Deaths, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1924, p. R: York; l S || Soldiers, Sailors and Patriots of the Revolutionary War-Maine, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Louiseville, Kentucky, compiled by Carleton E. (Church record, Fourth Church, now Second of West Newbury) || Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849, Vol 1, Births, Essex Institute, Salem, 1911, p. Bellamy (B: Kittery, 3-23-1784) of Kittery on 12-5-1822. 404.~ Edward West Low, son of Caleb and Betsey (Osborn) Low, was born . Peter Hobart with his wife and four children, 6-8-1635, there is only one other entry before 1637 which suggests that the latter marks the beginning of the Journal. || New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 121 (1967), p. Catherine’s parents were: Merrick Titus (B:9-20-1808; D: Sutton, 3-22-1864 of smallpox) who married in Sutton on 1-19-1837 Patty Richardson (B: 1802; D: 1865; daughter of Benjamin Richardson). 7, 1872 in Pittsfield, Luella Hoos was the daughter of George and Lena Kespohl Hoos. 25, 1894 she was married, in Pittsfield, to Frank M. Alice Albright’s parents were: Richard Albright (B: ca 1565; buried 1-22-1613/14 in Alcester) and ? || New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 146 (1992), p. The following are listed as Congregationalists at the Union Church (Baptist) of Mercer.

79.~_____ Low: The following lineage was listed in an ancestry chart of Diana, Princess of Wales: Seth Low, 1850-1916, Mayor of New York City, President of Columbia University; Abiel Abbot Low & Ellen Almira Dow; Seth Low & Mary Porter; David Low IV & Hannah Haskell; David Low III & Abigail Choate, Nathaniel Haskell & Hannah White; David Low, Jr. || Soldiers, Sailors and Patriots of the Revolutionary War- Maine, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Louiseville, Kentucky, compiled by Carleton E. 281~Elisabeth Low and Thomas Williams were married 4-29-1762. The expiration of his apprenticeship coincided with the amazing news from California in 1849. 22 he embarked for the Isthmus of Panama, and after the usual hardships and delay, passed through the Golden Gate on the steamer Panama on June 4, 1849. Low || Vital Records of Salem, Massachusetts, To The End of The Year 1849, Vol V - Deaths, The Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1924, p. David Henley’s regt; return of recruits for knapsacks, dated Boston, 2-16-1778; reported under marching orders. List of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster Master for Suffolk Co., dated Boston, Nov. Henry Jackson, agreeable to the arrangement of 4-9-1779; rank, Private; residence, Boston; enlisted ; enlistment, during war; said Lowe appears among men belonging to Col. Who had been discharged from the rolls prior to above arrangement; reported deserted 2-15-1778. Low, of Boston, aged 28 yrs, grocer, son of George and Mary Low, married in Rockport, MA on 6-19-1849, Anna G. Hale, aged 17yrs, daughter of Stephen and Amelia Hale.

For the registry of deeds located in the town of Adams... For the registry of deeds located in the city of Pittsfield $456,085 0540-1800..

For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington......................................................... For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk

For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington......................................................... For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk $1,906,109 0540-2000.. 148, of any rebate amount or yield reduction payment owed with respect to any bonds or notes or other obligations of the commonwealth; 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 not more than $400,000 shall be expended from this item for the costs of personnel at the debt department of the office of the state treasurer; 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, 2018 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves................................. 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.... For the operation of the division of local mandates...... 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, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections....................................................... For the implementation of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012 to investigate and review the impact of health care payment and delivery in the commonwealth...................................... For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the Mass Health system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that the division shall submit a report not later than March 15, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the Mass Health system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by Mass Health to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of Mass Health to the most recent post-audit review survey, including the status of recoupment efforts; and provided further, that the report shall include the unit’s recommendations to enhance recoupment efforts.......... For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations............ 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 assistance program; provided, that the victim and witness assistance program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; and provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary of 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...................................................... 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 services provided in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws............................... For the office of the attorney general which may expend for a false claims program not more than $3,250,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office 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 $3,250,000 0810-0014..Following any legislative overrides to the Governor's actions, the budget is finalized and is commonly referred to as the "General Appropriations Act" for the upcoming fiscal year.AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience SECTION 1.for the AWAKE program in the city of Springfield, to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King Jr. to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.’s Youth Corp program $4,320,000 4000-0007.. For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws....................................................... For the operation and support of the network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that centers within this item shall: (i) be consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (iii) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2017 contract with a third party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2018, the executive office shall file a biannual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the report shall detail the number of children and families served at each center, the types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws......................................................... For the operation of the executive office of health and human services, 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 funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative and contracted services related to the implementation and operation of programs under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, 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 shall not exceed the rates necessary to meet only the cost of efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the office of health equity within the executive office; provided further, that no expenditures, whether made by the executive office or another commonwealth entity, shall be made that are not federally reimbursable, including those related to Titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act, the Mass Health demonstration waiver under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act or the community first demonstration waiver under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, except as required for: (i) the equivalent of Mass Health standard benefits for children under age 21 who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (ii) dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are age 21 or over; (iii) managed care capitation payments for Mass Health members who are residents of Institutions for Mental Disease for more than 15 days in any calendar month, and otherwise as explicitly authorized; or (iv) cost-containment efforts, the purposes and amounts of which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before making these expenditures; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in Mass Health receiving inpatient and outpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units as defined in section 8A of said chapter 118E, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $7,400,000 to any acute care pediatric hospital and pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; 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 these 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 said chapter 118E for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that funds shall be provided in an amount not less than the total appropriated in item 1599-2009 in section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that the commissioner of mental health shall approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness under written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 13, 2018 on the number of members served in the dual eligible initiative, the average expenditure per member, the average expenditure per member prior to the demonstration project and the number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report not later than December 1, 2017 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2017 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including: (a) the number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (b) the total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (c) the age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (d) the types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (e) the amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall coordinate with the health policy commission in the development of care delivery and payment models in the Mass Health program, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, in order to ensure alignment of such models with the commission’s certification programs under sections 14 and 15 of chapter 6D of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2018 on the feasibility of offering all applications, application information, service information and guidelines in electronic form, paper form and on the Mass Health website for Mass Health and Mass Health-related programs in both classical and traditional Chinese translations; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2018; provided further, that not later than January 18, 2018, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodology used to project caseload and utilization in fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the department of transitional assistance, shall report to the joint committee on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, no later than January 1, 2018, on the feasibility of offering Mass Health applicants or recipients the opportunity to complete a common application for Mass Health and for programs administered by the department of transitional assistance, including the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program for emergency aid to elders, disabled and children pursuant to chapter 117A and the program for transitional assistance to families with dependent children pursuant to chapter 118; provided further, that the executive office shall submit monthly Mass Health caseload reports in a searchable electronic format to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means by the 15th day of the subsequent month; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2017, the executive office, in coordination with the department of public health and the office of Medicaid, shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on a plan to expand lead testing and follow-up services including, but not limited to: (1) a review of all services currently offered for lead poisoning-related services; (2) a plan of implementation for expanded lead poisoning-related services, including steps required to increase reimbursement opportunities for services such as lead poisoning testing, prevention, follow-up, investigation and treatment; (3) spending and revenue cost estimates for implementing such expanded services; (4) revenue maximization opportunities associated with pursuing such services; and (5) an analysis of the short- and long-term cost effectiveness associated with providing such services; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. 18001 et seq., including, but not limited to, the following purposes: (i) the development and implementation of a modern, digital integrated eligibility system as required by the last paragraph of section 16 of chapter 6A of the General Laws in order to achieve maximum federal reimbursement; (ii) the receipt of federal reimbursement for services provided to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary, including services that are available without charge to the community at large, known as “free care”; (iii) the 1915(i) home and community-based services state plan authorized under 42 U. For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth pursuant to section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Y2Y homeless shelter in Cambridge; and provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2018 on: (i) the number of youths served through this item; (ii) the types of services received by participating youths; (iii) the number of youths who transition into stabilized housing and the zip code of the stabilized housing; (iv) the number of youths who remain in stabilized housing after 90 days, when applicable; (v) the number of youths turned away from the program; (vi) the amount of funding awarded to vendors for the delivery of services and the names of each vendor; and (vii) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as determined by the secretary................................................ to expand the Healthy Lives program; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended for The Metro West Free Medical Program, Inc.; provided further, that the executive office shall expend not less than $100,000, of which not less than $25,000 of said funds shall be expended to contract with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Inc., to increase access to health and human services on the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and such funds shall be used to cover feasible travel costs associated with arranging access to health and human services..................................................... For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend for medical care and assistance rendered in the current year not more than $225,000,000 from the monies received from recoveries and collections of any current or prior year expenditures; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the balance of any personal needs accounts collected from nursing and other medical institutions upon the death of a medical assistance recipient and held by the executive office for more than 3 years may be credited to this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be used for item 4000-0300........... For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $56,750,000 for contingency fee contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act and as the principal agency for all of the agencies within the executive office and other federally-assisted programs administered by the executive office; provided, that such contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that not later than September 15, 2017, the secretary of health and human services shall submit to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means, a report detailing: (i) the amounts of the agreements; (ii) a delineation of all ongoing and new projects; and (iii) the amount of federal reimbursement and cost avoidance derived from the contracts for the previous fiscal year’s activities; provided further, that after providing payments due under the terms of the contingency contracts, the executive office may use available funds to support special Mass Health projects that will receive enhanced federal revenue opportunities, including Mass Health eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to Mass Health programs; provided further, that any enhanced federal financial participation received for these special projects, including the Implementation Advanced Planning Document or other eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to Mass Health shall be deposited into this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office may enter into interdepartmental service agreements with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to perform activities that the secretary of health and human services, in consultation with the comptroller, determines to be within the scope of the proper administration of Title XIX and other federal funding provisions to support the programs and activities of the executive office; provided further, that activities may include: (a) providing administrative services including, but not limited to, utilization management activities and eligibility determinations based on disability and supporting case management activities and similar initiatives; (b) providing consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (c) providing activities and services to pursue federal reimbursement, avoid costs or identify third-party liability and recoup payments made to third parties; provided further, that federal reimbursement for any expenditure made by the University of Massachusetts Medical School for federally reimbursable services the university provides under these interdepartmental service agreements or other contracts with the executive office shall be distributed to the university and recorded distinctly in the state accounting system; provided further, that the secretary may negotiate contingency fees for activities and services related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs and the comptroller shall certify these fees and pay them upon the receipt of this revenue, reimbursement or demonstration of costs avoided; provided further, that contingency fees paid to the University of Massachusetts Medical School shall be limited to $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2018 except for contingency fees paid pursuant to an interdepartmental service agreement for recoveries related to special disability workload projects; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and payments required under contingency contracts, the comptroller shall 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........................ For the executive office of health and human services, which shall use the funding in this item to pursue, enhance and submit applications for existing or new state plan amendments, state plan options, state waiver or demonstration requests and federal grants for federal approval under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U. 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 in this section, and include a full statement comparing such actual and projected receipts in the annual report for said fiscal year pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws.

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For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington......................................................... For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk $1,906,109 0540-2000.. 148, of any rebate amount or yield reduction payment owed with respect to any bonds or notes or other obligations of the commonwealth; 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 not more than $400,000 shall be expended from this item for the costs of personnel at the debt department of the office of the state treasurer; 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, 2018 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves................................. 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.... For the operation of the division of local mandates...... 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, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections....................................................... For the implementation of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012 to investigate and review the impact of health care payment and delivery in the commonwealth...................................... For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the Mass Health system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that the division shall submit a report not later than March 15, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the Mass Health system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by Mass Health to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of Mass Health to the most recent post-audit review survey, including the status of recoupment efforts; and provided further, that the report shall include the unit’s recommendations to enhance recoupment efforts.......... For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations............ 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 assistance program; provided, that the victim and witness assistance program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; and provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary of 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...................................................... 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 services provided in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws............................... For the office of the attorney general which may expend for a false claims program not more than $3,250,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office 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 $3,250,000 0810-0014..

Following any legislative overrides to the Governor's actions, the budget is finalized and is commonly referred to as the "General Appropriations Act" for the upcoming fiscal year.

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience SECTION 1.

for the AWAKE program in the city of Springfield, to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King Jr. to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.’s Youth Corp program $4,320,000 4000-0007.. For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws....................................................... For the operation and support of the network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that centers within this item shall: (i) be consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (iii) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2017 contract with a third party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2018, the executive office shall file a biannual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the report shall detail the number of children and families served at each center, the types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws......................................................... For the operation of the executive office of health and human services, 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 funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative and contracted services related to the implementation and operation of programs under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, 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 shall not exceed the rates necessary to meet only the cost of efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the office of health equity within the executive office; provided further, that no expenditures, whether made by the executive office or another commonwealth entity, shall be made that are not federally reimbursable, including those related to Titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act, the Mass Health demonstration waiver under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act or the community first demonstration waiver under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, except as required for: (i) the equivalent of Mass Health standard benefits for children under age 21 who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (ii) dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are age 21 or over; (iii) managed care capitation payments for Mass Health members who are residents of Institutions for Mental Disease for more than 15 days in any calendar month, and otherwise as explicitly authorized; or (iv) cost-containment efforts, the purposes and amounts of which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before making these expenditures; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in Mass Health receiving inpatient and outpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units as defined in section 8A of said chapter 118E, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $7,400,000 to any acute care pediatric hospital and pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; 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 these 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 said chapter 118E for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that funds shall be provided in an amount not less than the total appropriated in item 1599-2009 in section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that the commissioner of mental health shall approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness under written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 13, 2018 on the number of members served in the dual eligible initiative, the average expenditure per member, the average expenditure per member prior to the demonstration project and the number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report not later than December 1, 2017 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2017 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including: (a) the number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (b) the total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (c) the age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (d) the types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (e) the amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall coordinate with the health policy commission in the development of care delivery and payment models in the Mass Health program, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, in order to ensure alignment of such models with the commission’s certification programs under sections 14 and 15 of chapter 6D of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2018 on the feasibility of offering all applications, application information, service information and guidelines in electronic form, paper form and on the Mass Health website for Mass Health and Mass Health-related programs in both classical and traditional Chinese translations; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2018; provided further, that not later than January 18, 2018, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodology used to project caseload and utilization in fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the department of transitional assistance, shall report to the joint committee on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, no later than January 1, 2018, on the feasibility of offering Mass Health applicants or recipients the opportunity to complete a common application for Mass Health and for programs administered by the department of transitional assistance, including the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program for emergency aid to elders, disabled and children pursuant to chapter 117A and the program for transitional assistance to families with dependent children pursuant to chapter 118; provided further, that the executive office shall submit monthly Mass Health caseload reports in a searchable electronic format to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means by the 15th day of the subsequent month; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2017, the executive office, in coordination with the department of public health and the office of Medicaid, shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on a plan to expand lead testing and follow-up services including, but not limited to: (1) a review of all services currently offered for lead poisoning-related services; (2) a plan of implementation for expanded lead poisoning-related services, including steps required to increase reimbursement opportunities for services such as lead poisoning testing, prevention, follow-up, investigation and treatment; (3) spending and revenue cost estimates for implementing such expanded services; (4) revenue maximization opportunities associated with pursuing such services; and (5) an analysis of the short- and long-term cost effectiveness associated with providing such services; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. 18001 et seq., including, but not limited to, the following purposes: (i) the development and implementation of a modern, digital integrated eligibility system as required by the last paragraph of section 16 of chapter 6A of the General Laws in order to achieve maximum federal reimbursement; (ii) the receipt of federal reimbursement for services provided to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary, including services that are available without charge to the community at large, known as “free care”; (iii) the 1915(i) home and community-based services state plan authorized under 42 U.

For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth pursuant to section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Y2Y homeless shelter in Cambridge; and provided further, that the secretary of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 1, 2018 on: (i) the number of youths served through this item; (ii) the types of services received by participating youths; (iii) the number of youths who transition into stabilized housing and the zip code of the stabilized housing; (iv) the number of youths who remain in stabilized housing after 90 days, when applicable; (v) the number of youths turned away from the program; (vi) the amount of funding awarded to vendors for the delivery of services and the names of each vendor; and (vii) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as determined by the secretary................................................ to expand the Healthy Lives program; provided further, that $75,000 shall be expended for The Metro West Free Medical Program, Inc.; provided further, that the executive office shall expend not less than $100,000, of which not less than $25,000 of said funds shall be expended to contract with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Inc., to increase access to health and human services on the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and such funds shall be used to cover feasible travel costs associated with arranging access to health and human services..................................................... For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend for medical care and assistance rendered in the current year not more than $225,000,000 from the monies received from recoveries and collections of any current or prior year expenditures; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the balance of any personal needs accounts collected from nursing and other medical institutions upon the death of a medical assistance recipient and held by the executive office for more than 3 years may be credited to this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be used for item 4000-0300........... For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $56,750,000 for contingency fee contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act and as the principal agency for all of the agencies within the executive office and other federally-assisted programs administered by the executive office; provided, that such contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that not later than September 15, 2017, the secretary of health and human services shall submit to the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means, a report detailing: (i) the amounts of the agreements; (ii) a delineation of all ongoing and new projects; and (iii) the amount of federal reimbursement and cost avoidance derived from the contracts for the previous fiscal year’s activities; provided further, that after providing payments due under the terms of the contingency contracts, the executive office may use available funds to support special Mass Health projects that will receive enhanced federal revenue opportunities, including Mass Health eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to Mass Health programs; provided further, that any enhanced federal financial participation received for these special projects, including the Implementation Advanced Planning Document or other eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to Mass Health shall be deposited into this item; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office may enter into interdepartmental service agreements with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to perform activities that the secretary of health and human services, in consultation with the comptroller, determines to be within the scope of the proper administration of Title XIX and other federal funding provisions to support the programs and activities of the executive office; provided further, that activities may include: (a) providing administrative services including, but not limited to, utilization management activities and eligibility determinations based on disability and supporting case management activities and similar initiatives; (b) providing consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (c) providing activities and services to pursue federal reimbursement, avoid costs or identify third-party liability and recoup payments made to third parties; provided further, that federal reimbursement for any expenditure made by the University of Massachusetts Medical School for federally reimbursable services the university provides under these interdepartmental service agreements or other contracts with the executive office shall be distributed to the university and recorded distinctly in the state accounting system; provided further, that the secretary may negotiate contingency fees for activities and services related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs and the comptroller shall certify these fees and pay them upon the receipt of this revenue, reimbursement or demonstration of costs avoided; provided further, that contingency fees paid to the University of Massachusetts Medical School shall be limited to $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2018 except for contingency fees paid pursuant to an interdepartmental service agreement for recoveries related to special disability workload projects; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and payments required under contingency contracts, the comptroller shall 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........................ For the executive office of health and human services, which shall use the funding in this item to pursue, enhance and submit applications for existing or new state plan amendments, state plan options, state waiver or demonstration requests and federal grants for federal approval under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U.

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 in this section, and include a full statement comparing such actual and projected receipts in the annual report for said fiscal year pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws.

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For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington......................................................... For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk $1,906,109 0540-2000.. 148, of any rebate amount or yield reduction payment owed with respect to any bonds or notes or other obligations of the commonwealth; 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 not more than $400,000 shall be expended from this item for the costs of personnel at the debt department of the office of the state treasurer; 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, 2018 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves................................. 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.... For the operation of the division of local mandates...... 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, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections....................................................... For the implementation of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012 to investigate and review the impact of health care payment and delivery in the commonwealth...................................... For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the Mass Health system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that the division shall submit a report not later than March 15, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the Mass Health system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by Mass Health to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of Mass Health to the most recent post-audit review survey, including the status of recoupment efforts; and provided further, that the report shall include the unit’s recommendations to enhance recoupment efforts.......... For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations............ 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 assistance program; provided, that the victim and witness assistance program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; and provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary of 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...................................................... 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 services provided in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws............................... For the office of the attorney general which may expend for a false claims program not more than $3,250,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office 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 $3,250,000 0810-0014..

Following any legislative overrides to the Governor's actions, the budget is finalized and is commonly referred to as the "General Appropriations Act" for the upcoming fiscal year.

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience SECTION 1.

for the AWAKE program in the city of Springfield, to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King Jr. to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; and provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.’s Youth Corp program $4,320,000 4000-0007.. For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws....................................................... For the operation and support of the network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that centers within this item shall: (i) be consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (iii) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2017 contract with a third party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2018, the executive office shall file a biannual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the report shall detail the number of children and families served at each center, the types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws......................................................... For the operation of the executive office of health and human services, 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 funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative and contracted services related to the implementation and operation of programs under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, 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 shall not exceed the rates necessary to meet only the cost of efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the office of health equity within the executive office; provided further, that no expenditures, whether made by the executive office or another commonwealth entity, shall be made that are not federally reimbursable, including those related to Titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act, the Mass Health demonstration waiver under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act or the community first demonstration waiver under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, except as required for: (i) the equivalent of Mass Health standard benefits for children under age 21 who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (ii) dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are age 21 or over; (iii) managed care capitation payments for Mass Health members who are residents of Institutions for Mental Disease for more than 15 days in any calendar month, and otherwise as explicitly authorized; or (iv) cost-containment efforts, the purposes and amounts of which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before making these expenditures; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in Mass Health receiving inpatient and outpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units as defined in section 8A of said chapter 118E, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $7,400,000 to any acute care pediatric hospital and pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; 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 these 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 said chapter 118E for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that funds shall be provided in an amount not less than the total appropriated in item 1599-2009 in section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that the commissioner of mental health shall approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness under written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 13, 2018 on the number of members served in the dual eligible initiative, the average expenditure per member, the average expenditure per member prior to the demonstration project and the number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report not later than December 1, 2017 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2017 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including: (a) the number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (b) the total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (c) the age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (d) the types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (e) the amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall coordinate with the health policy commission in the development of care delivery and payment models in the Mass Health program, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, in order to ensure alignment of such models with the commission’s certification programs under sections 14 and 15 of chapter 6D of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2018 on the feasibility of offering all applications, application information, service information and guidelines in electronic form, paper form and on the Mass Health website for Mass Health and Mass Health-related programs in both classical and traditional Chinese translations; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2018; provided further, that not later than January 18, 2018, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodology used to project caseload and utilization in fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the department of transitional assistance, shall report to the joint committee on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, no later than January 1, 2018, on the feasibility of offering Mass Health applicants or recipients the opportunity to complete a common application for Mass Health and for programs administered by the department of transitional assistance, including the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program for emergency aid to elders, disabled and children pursuant to chapter 117A and the program for transitional assistance to families with dependent children pursuant to chapter 118; provided further, that the executive office shall submit monthly Mass Health caseload reports in a searchable electronic format to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means by the 15th day of the subsequent month; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2017, the executive office, in coordination with the department of public health and the office of Medicaid, shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on a plan to expand lead testing and follow-up services including, but not limited to: (1) a review of all services currently offered for lead poisoning-related services; (2) a plan of implementation for expanded lead poisoning-related services, including steps required to increase reimbursement opportunities for services such as lead poisoning testing, prevention, follow-up, investigation and treatment; (3) spending and revenue cost estimates for implementing such expanded services; (4) revenue maximization opportunities associated with pursuing such services; and (5) an analysis of the short- and long-term cost effectiveness associated with providing such services; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. 18001 et seq., including, but not limited to, the following purposes: (i) the development and implementation of a modern, digital integrated eligibility system as required by the last paragraph of section 16 of chapter 6A of the General Laws in order to achieve maximum federal reimbursement; (ii) the receipt of federal reimbursement for services provided to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary, including services that are available without charge to the community at large, known as “free care”; (iii) the 1915(i) home and community-based services state plan authorized under 42 U.

,906,109 0540-2000.. 148, of any rebate amount or yield reduction payment owed with respect to any bonds or notes or other obligations of the commonwealth; 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 not more than 0,000 shall be expended from this item for the costs of personnel at the debt department of the office of the state treasurer; 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, 2018 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves................................. 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.... For the operation of the division of local mandates...... 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, the total value of settlement restitution payments, actual monthly collections and any circumstances that produce shortfalls in collections....................................................... For the implementation of chapter 224 of the acts of 2012 to investigate and review the impact of health care payment and delivery in the commonwealth...................................... For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the Mass Health system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that the division shall submit a report not later than March 15, 2018 to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the Mass Health system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by Mass Health to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of Mass Health to the most recent post-audit review survey, including the status of recoupment efforts; and provided further, that the report shall include the unit’s recommendations to enhance recoupment efforts.......... For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations............ 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 assistance program; provided, that the victim and witness assistance program shall be administered in accordance with chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; and provided further, that the attorney general shall submit to the general court and the secretary of 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...................................................... 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 ; 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 services provided in section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws............................... For the office of the attorney general which may expend for a false claims program not more than ,250,000 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of the false claims law; provided, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the office 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 ,250,000 0810-0014..

Following any legislative overrides to the Governor's actions, the budget is finalized and is commonly referred to as the "General Appropriations Act" for the upcoming fiscal year.

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is immediately to make appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and to make certain changes in law, each of which is immediately necessary or appropriate to effectuate said appropriations or for other important public purposes, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience SECTION 1.

for the AWAKE program in the city of Springfield, to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for the Martin Luther King Jr. to provide comprehensive youth development and violence prevention services to at-risk youth; and provided further, that not less than ,000 shall be expended for the South End Community Center of Springfield, Inc.’s Youth Corp program ,320,000 4000-0007.. For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws....................................................... For the operation and support of the network of child and family service programs throughout the commonwealth, including family resource centers supported through this item and item 4800-0200; provided, that centers within this item shall: (i) be consistent with the requirements of section 16U of chapter 6A of the General Laws; (ii) demonstrate adherence to an evidence-based model of service; and (iii) use measurable outcomes to assess quality; provided further, that the secretary of the executive office of health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2017 contract with a third party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office shall provide biannual progress updates to the secretary of administration and finance, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2018, the executive office shall file a biannual report with the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that the report shall detail the number of children and families served at each center, the types of programs, program outcomes, client feedback and progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office of health and human services, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to runaway children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements of section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws......................................................... For the operation of the executive office of health and human services, 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 funds appropriated in this item shall be expended for administrative and contracted services related to the implementation and operation of programs under chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided further, that in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, 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 shall not exceed the rates necessary to meet only the cost of efficiently and economically operated providers in order to provide services of adequate quality; provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the office of health equity within the executive office; provided further, that no expenditures, whether made by the executive office or another commonwealth entity, shall be made that are not federally reimbursable, including those related to Titles XIX or XXI of the Social Security Act, the Mass Health demonstration waiver under section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act or the community first demonstration waiver under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, except as required for: (i) the equivalent of Mass Health standard benefits for children under age 21 who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (ii) dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are age 21 or over; (iii) managed care capitation payments for Mass Health members who are residents of Institutions for Mental Disease for more than 15 days in any calendar month, and otherwise as explicitly authorized; or (iv) cost-containment efforts, the purposes and amounts of which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means 30 days before making these expenditures; provided further, that in calculating rates of payment for children enrolled in Mass Health receiving inpatient and outpatient services at acute care pediatric hospitals and pediatric specialty units as defined in section 8A of said chapter 118E, the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than ,400,000 to any acute care pediatric hospital and pediatric specialty unit in the commonwealth, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; 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 these 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 said chapter 118E for which the executive office later discovers another third party is liable if no other course of recoupment is possible; provided further, that funds shall be provided in an amount not less than the total appropriated in item 1599-2009 in section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that the commissioner of mental health shall approve any prior authorization or other restriction on medication used to treat mental illness under written policies, procedures and regulations of the department of mental health; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 13, 2018 on the number of members served in the dual eligible initiative, the average expenditure per member, the average expenditure per member prior to the demonstration project and the number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that the executive office shall submit a report not later than December 1, 2017 to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2017 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including: (a) the number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (b) the total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (c) the age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (d) the types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (e) the amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that the office of Medicaid shall coordinate with the health policy commission in the development of care delivery and payment models in the Mass Health program, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations, in order to ensure alignment of such models with the commission’s certification programs under sections 14 and 15 of chapter 6D of the General Laws; provided further, that the executive office shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 1, 2018 on the feasibility of offering all applications, application information, service information and guidelines in electronic form, paper form and on the Mass Health website for Mass Health and Mass Health-related programs in both classical and traditional Chinese translations; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2018; provided further, that not later than January 18, 2018, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodology used to project caseload and utilization in fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the department of transitional assistance, shall report to the joint committee on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, no later than January 1, 2018, on the feasibility of offering Mass Health applicants or recipients the opportunity to complete a common application for Mass Health and for programs administered by the department of transitional assistance, including the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program for emergency aid to elders, disabled and children pursuant to chapter 117A and the program for transitional assistance to families with dependent children pursuant to chapter 118; provided further, that the executive office shall submit monthly Mass Health caseload reports in a searchable electronic format to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means by the 15th day of the subsequent month; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2017, the executive office, in coordination with the department of public health and the office of Medicaid, shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on a plan to expand lead testing and follow-up services including, but not limited to: (1) a review of all services currently offered for lead poisoning-related services; (2) a plan of implementation for expanded lead poisoning-related services, including steps required to increase reimbursement opportunities for services such as lead poisoning testing, prevention, follow-up, investigation and treatment; (3) spending and revenue cost estimates for implementing such expanded services; (4) revenue maximization opportunities associated with pursuing such services; and (5) an analysis of the short- and long-term cost effectiveness associated with providing such services; provided further, that not less than 0,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. 18001 et seq., including, but not limited to, the following purposes: (i) the development and implementation of a modern, digital integrated eligibility system as required by the last paragraph of section 16 of chapter 6A of the General Laws in order to achieve maximum federal reimbursement; (ii) the receipt of federal reimbursement for services provided to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary, including services that are available without charge to the community at large, known as “free care”; (iii) the 1915(i) home and community-based services state plan authorized under 42 U.

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