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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

FY 2023 Budget FY 2023 Final Budget

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The Governor has 10 days to review the budget and take action to either approve or veto the budget. The Governor may approve or veto the entire budget, veto or reduce specific line items, veto outside sections or submit changes as an amendment to the budget for further consideration by the Legislature.

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.

Final Budget

Chapter 126

AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 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

          Whereas, 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, 2022, 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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,s as follows:

SECTION 1.  To provide for the operations of the several departments, boards, commissions and institutions of the commonwealth and other services of the commonwealth and for certain permanent improvements and to meet certain requirements of law, the sums set forth in this act, for the several purposes and subject to the conditions specified, are hereby appropriated from the General Fund unless specifically designated otherwise, subject to the laws regulating the disbursement of public funds and the approval thereof for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. All sums appropriated under this act, including supplemental and deficiency budgets, shall be expended in a manner reflecting and encouraging a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for members of minority groups, women and persons with a disability. All officials and employees of an agency, board, department, commission or division receiving funds under this act shall take affirmative steps to ensure equality of opportunity in the internal affairs of state government and in their relations with the public, including those persons and organizations doing business with the commonwealth. Each agency, board, department, commission and division of the commonwealth, in spending appropriated sums and discharging its statutory responsibilities, shall adopt measures to ensure equal opportunity in the areas of hiring, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment, layoff or termination, rates of compensation, in-service or apprenticeship training programs and all other terms and conditions of employment.

SECTION 1A.  In accordance with Articles LXIII and CVII of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth and section 6D of chapter 29 of the General Laws, it is hereby declared that the amounts of revenue set forth in this section, by source, for the respective funds of the commonwealth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 are necessary and sufficient to provide the means to defray the appropriations and expenditures from such funds for fiscal year 2023 as set forth and authorized in this act. 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 those receipts with the projected receipts set forth in this section and shall include a full statement comparing the actual and projected receipts in the annual report for fiscal year 2023 pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws. The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those specified in this section.

Revenue Source

All Budgeted Funds

General Fund

Commonwealth Transportation Fund

Other Major Funds

Other Funds

Alcoholic Beverages

$104.7

$104.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Banks

$50.8

$50.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Cigarettes

$336.4

$336.4

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Corporations

$4,157.8

$4,157.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Deeds

$482.8

$482.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Income

$22,855.1

$22,855.1

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Inheritance and Estate

$862.9

$862.9

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Insurance

$646.7

$622.2

$0.0

$0.0

$24.5

Marijuana Excise

$165.3

$0.0

$0.0

$165.3

$0.0

Motor Fuel

$796.2

$0.0

$795.2

$0.0

$1.0

Public Utilities

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Room Occupancy

$204.5

$204.5

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Sales - Regular

$6,402.3

$4,217.3

$0.0

$0.0

$2,184.9

Sales - Meals

$1,323.8

$1,323.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Sales - Motor Vehicles

$1,117.6

$0.0

$736.2

$0.0

$381.4

Miscellaneous

$68.7

$68.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Fiscal Year 2023 Base Tax Revenue Estimate

$39,575.5

$35,286.9

$1,531.4

$165.3

$2,591.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statutory Tax Transfers

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Contribution to the State Pension System

-$3,744.0

-$3,744.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Sales Tax Transfer to the MBTA

-$1,363.2

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$1,363.2

Sales Tax Transfer to the MSBA

-$1,203.2

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$1,203.2

UI Surcharge to the Workforce Training Trust Fund

-$24.5

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

-$24.5

Excess Capital Gains to the Stabilization Fund

-$1,399.7

-$1,399.7

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Excess Capital Gains to the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund

-$77.8

-$77.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Excess Capital Gains to the Pension Liability Fund

-$77.8

-$77.8

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Total Statutory Tax Transfers

-$7,890.1

-$5,299.3

$0.0

$0.0

-$2,590.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Fiscal Year 2023 Consensus Tax Revenue Available for Budget

$31,685.3

$29,987.6

$1,531.4

$165.3

$1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax Initiatives and Other Tax Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Tax-Related Settlements & Judgments

$100.0

$100.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Federal Income Tax Conformity

$42.0

$42.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

Total Tax Initiatives and Other Tax Revenue

$142.0

$142.0

$0.0

$0.0

$0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Taxes for Budget

$31,827.3

$30,129.6

$1,531.4

$165.3

$1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Tax Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Reimbursements

$14,062.9

$14,054.3

$0.0

$0.0

$8.6

Departmental Revenues

$5,234.1

$4,454.7

$694.7

$60.7

$24.0

Consolidated Transfers

$3,702.7

$2,029.6

$35.4

$159.6

$1,478.1

Total Non-Tax Revenue

$22,999.8

$20,538.7

$730.1

$220.3

$1,510.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Year 2023 Grand Total

$54,827.1

$50,668.3

$2,261.4

$385.6

$1,511.7

 

SECTION 1B.  The comptroller shall keep a distinct account of actual receipts of non-tax revenues by each department, board, commission or institution to furnish the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means with quarterly statements comparing those receipts with projected receipts set forth in this section and to include a full statement comparing those receipts with projected receipts in the annual report for the fiscal year pursuant to section 12 of chapter 7A of the General Laws. The quarterly and annual reports shall also include detailed statements of any other sources of revenue for the budgeted funds in addition to those sources specified in this section.

Non-Tax Revenue: Department Summary

Federal Revenues

Departmental Revenues

Budgeted Transfers

Total Unrestricted

Total Restricted

Judiciary

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Judicial Court

$0

$2,258,658

$0

$2,258,658

$0

Committee for Public Counsel

$0

$3,210,000

$0

$3,210,000

$0

Appeals Court

$0

$265,255

$0

$265,255

$0

Trial Court

$0

$65,560,848

$0

$65,560,848

$0

Total

$0

$71,294,761

$0

$71,294,761

$0

District Attorneys

 

 

 

 

 

Worcester District Attorney

$0

$500

$0

$500

$0

Total

$0

$500

$0

$500

$0

Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of the Commonwealth

$0

$284,133,461

$0

$284,118,461

$15,000

Total

$0

$284,133,461

$0

$284,118,461

$15,000

Treasurer and Receiver General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Treasurer

$0

$398,494,592

$328,280,345

$676,526,937

$50,248,000

Massachusetts Cultural Council

$0

$16,000

$0

$16,000

$0

State Lottery Commission

$0

$31,250

$1,246,366,092

$1,246,397,342

$0

Total

$0

$398,541,842

$1,574,646,437

$1,922,940,279

$50,248,000

Attorney General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Attorney General

$4,426,908

$49,859,733

$0

$48,000,000

$6,286,641

Total

$4,426,908

$49,859,733

$0

$48,000,000

$6,286,641

State Ethics Commission

 

 

 

 

 

State Ethics Commission

$0

$41,000

$0

$41,000

$0

Total

$0

$41,000

$0

$41,000

$0

Inspector General

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Inspector General

$0

$1,195,000

$0

$20,000

$1,175,000

Total

$0

$1,195,000

$0

$20,000

$1,175,000

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Campaign and Political Finance

$0

$54,500

$0

$54,500

$0

Total

$0

$54,500

$0

$54,500

$0

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

$3,620,000

$410,000

$0

$0

$4,030,000

Total

$3,620,000

$410,000

$0

$0

$4,030,000

Office of the State Comptroller

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the State Comptroller

$0

$6,086,717

$1,511,374,367

$1,517,461,084

$0

Total

$0

$6,086,717

$1,511,374,367

$1,517,461,084

$0

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

$0

$0

$159,603,066

$159,603,066

$0

Total

$0

$0

$159,603,066

$159,603,066

$0

Cannabis Control Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabis Control Commission

$0

$30,731,950

$0

$30,731,950

$0

Total

$0

$30,731,950

$0

$30,731,950

$0

Executive Office for Administration and Finance

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary of Administration and Finance

$0

$2,300,000

$35,000,000

$37,300,000

$0

Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance

$0

$5,080,500

$11,397,222

$5,425,294

$11,052,428

Civil Service Commission

$0

$12,000

$0

$12,000

$0

Group Insurance Commission

$0

$955,432,080

$301,085,884

$1,254,321,218

$2,196,746

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

$0

$70,000

$0

$0

$70,000

Department of Revenue

$57,428,227

$187,099,871

$0

$237,897,546

$6,630,552

Appellate Tax Board

$0

$1,794,384

$0

$1,394,384

$400,000

Human Resources Division

$0

$2,511,299

$0

$2,511,299

$0

Operational Services Division

$0

$24,375,453

$0

$9,768,354

$14,607,099

Total

$57,428,227

$1,178,675,587

$347,483,106

$1,548,630,095

$34,956,825

Executive Office of Technology Services and Security

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Technology Services and Security

$0

$2,733,931

$0

$0

$2,733,931

Total

$0

$2,733,931

$0

$0

$2,733,931

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs

$0

$4,985,500

$0

$4,415,500

$570,000

Department of Public Utilities

$0

$33,268,479

$0

$33,268,479

$0

Department of Environmental Protection

$0

$32,506,700

$0

$26,470,078

$6,036,622

Department of Fish and Game

$8,600,000

$13,149,389

$2,010,000

$23,216,400

$542,989

Department of Agricultural Resources

$0

$6,789,110

$0

$6,789,110

$0

Department of Conservation and Recreation

$0

$25,628,417

$0

$25,628,417

$0

Department of Energy Resources

$0

$7,517,120

$0

$7,517,120

$0

Total

$8,600,000

$123,844,715

$2,010,000

$127,305,104

$7,149,611

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Veterans' Services

$0

$831,400

$0

$71,400

$760,000

Secretary of Health and Human Services

$11,512,939,317

$1,736,978,995

$14,125,000

$12,959,043,312

$305,000,000

Mass Commission for the Blind

$4,546,042

$7,500

$0

$4,553,542

$0

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

$6,496,826

$30,000

$0

$6,526,826

$0

Mass Commission for the Deaf

$219,820

$353,500

$0

$573,320

$0

Chelsea Soldiers' Home

$8,873,774

$1,895,090

$0

$10,168,864

$600,000

Holyoke Soldiers' Home

$4,720,831

$2,800,598

$0

$6,132,231

$1,389,198

Department of Youth Services

$10,822,311

$130,000

$0

$10,952,311

$0

Department of Transitional Assistance

$465,558,458

$1,331,103

$15,449,043

$482,338,604

$0

Department of Public Health

$185,685,195

$91,310,952

$1,000,000

$151,938,354

$126,057,793

Department of Children and Families

$300,567,309

$8,118,000

$700,000

$304,280,169

$5,105,140

Department of Mental Health

$135,317,339

$22,535,313

$20,000,000

$177,727,652

$125,000

Department of Developmental Services

$853,389,993

$4,051,201

$0

$857,441,194

$0

Department of Elder Affairs

$133,872,603

$1,313,300

$0

$135,185,903

$0

Total

$13,623,009,818

$1,871,686,952

$51,274,043

$15,106,933,682

$439,037,131

Health Policy Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Health Policy Commission

$0

$13,896,286

$0

$13,896,286

$0

Total

$0

$13,896,286

$0

$13,896,286

$0

Center for Health Information and Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

Center for Health Information and Analysis

$0

$37,972,900

$0

$37,972,900

$0

Total

$0

$37,972,900

$0

$37,972,900

$0

Board of Library Commissioners

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Library Commissioners

$0

$2,000

$0

$2,000

$0

Total

$0

$2,000

$0

$2,000

$0

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Housing & Community Development

$0

$3,386,796

$583,213

$1,291,072

$2,678,937

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

$0

$2,160,500

$0

$1,490,500

$670,000

Division of Banks

$0

$36,641,594

$0

$33,591,594

$3,050,000

Division of Insurance

$0

$126,493,258

$0

$126,493,258

$0

Division of Professional Licensure

$0

$48,047,241

$0

$30,348,134

$17,699,107

Division of Standards

$0

$2,724,930

$0

$1,914,637

$810,293

Department of Telecommunications and Cable

$0

$4,976,921

$0

$4,976,921

$0

Total

$0

$224,431,240

$583,213

$200,106,116

$24,908,337

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

 

 

 

 

 

Labor and Workforce Development

$0

$2,068,067

$19,114,960

$20,757,507

$425,520

Total

$0

$2,068,067

$19,114,960

$20,757,507

$425,520

Executive Office of Education

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Early Education and Care

$294,480,011

$583,702

$0

$294,743,713

$320,000

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

$0

$6,627,266

$0

$4,327,266

$2,300,000

Department of Higher Education

$0

$6,047,416

$0

$6,047,416

$0

University of Massachusetts

$0

$100,000,000

$0

$100,000,000

$0

Bridgewater State College

$0

$50,000

$0

$50,000

$0

Fitchburg State College

$0

$647,608

$0

$647,608

$0

Framingham State College

$0

$153,000

$0

$153,000

$0

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

$0

$180,000

$0

$180,000

$0

Salem State College

$0

$1,012,378

$0

$1,012,378

$0

Westfield State College

$0

$125,000

$0

$125,000

$0

Worcester State College

$0

$450,000

$0

$450,000

$0

Berkshire Community College

$0

$150,000

$0

$150,000

$0

Bristol Community College

$0

$410,000

$0

$410,000

$0

Cape Cod Community College

$0

$304,821

$0

$304,821

$0

Greenfield Community College

$0

$100,000

$0

$100,000

$0

Holyoke Community College

$0

$419,765

$0

$419,765

$0

Mass Bay Community College

$0

$326,150

$0

$326,150

$0

Massasoit Community College

$0

$610,000

$0

$610,000

$0

Middlesex Community College

$0

$228,219

$0

$228,219

$0

Mount Wachusett Community College

$0

$320,000

$0

$320,000

$0

Northern Essex Community College

$0

$263,155

$0

$263,155

$0

North Shore Community College

$0

$31,087

$0

$31,087

$0

Quinsigamond Community College

$0

$181,877

$0

$181,877

$0

Springfield Technical Community College

$0

$344,352

$0

$344,352

$0

Roxbury Community College

$0

$529,843

$0

$0

$529,843

Bunker Hill Community College

$0

$150,000

$0

$150,000

$0

Total

$294,480,011

$120,245,639

$0

$411,575,807

$3,149,843

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

$0

$1,150,000

$0

$1,150,000

$0

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

$0

$6,808,109

$0

$434,280

$6,373,829

Criminal History Systems Board

$0

$14,374,231

$0

$10,874,231

$3,500,000

Department of State Police

$1,935,922

$83,684,800

$0

$2,664,800

$82,955,922

Municipal Police Training Council

$0

$1,801,000

$0

$1,000

$1,800,000

Department of Fire Services

$0

$47,101,373

$0

$44,792,963

$2,308,410

Military Division

$0

$1,900,000

$0

$0

$1,900,000

Emergency Management Agency

$51,000,000

$0

$0

$51,000,000

$0

Department of Corrections

$2,937,406

$8,528,613

$4,056,717

$1,322,736

$14,200,000

Parole Board

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total

$55,873,328

$165,348,126

$4,056,717

$112,240,010

$113,038,161

Sheriffs

 

 

 

 

 

Hampden Sheriff's Office

$675,000

$3,666,252

$0

$710,000

$3,631,252

Worcester Sheriff's Office

$36,000

$8,500

$0

$44,500

$0

Middlesex Sheriff's Office

$45,800

$205,458

$0

$76,258

$175,000

Hampshire Sheriff's Office

$106,000

$10,800

$0

$116,800

$0

Berkshire Sheriff's Office

$17,500

$1,907,000

$0

$24,500

$1,900,000

Franklin Sheriff's Office

$98,349

$6,246

$0

$104,595

$0

Essex Sheriff's Office

$49,663

$1,851,938

$0

$51,601

$1,850,000

Barnstable Sheriff's Office

$0

$1,550,610

$0

$50,610

$1,500,000

Bristol Sheriff's Office

$200,000

$0

$0

$200,000

$0

Dukes Sheriff's Office

$0

$300,000

$0

$0

$300,000

Norfolk Sheriff's Office

$2,271,509

$224,867

$0

$2,280,946

$215,430

Plymouth Sheriff's Office

$12,000,000

$300,000

$0

$12,000,000

$300,000

Suffolk Sheriff's Office

$0

$2,000,000

$0

$200,000

$1,800,000

Total

$15,499,821

$12,031,671

$0

$15,859,810

$11,671,682

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

$0

$638,838,803

$32,584,314

$671,423,117

$0

Total

$0

$638,838,803

$32,584,314

$671,423,117

$0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Non-Tax Revenue

$14,062,938,113

$5,234,125,381

$3,702,730,223

$22,300,968,035

$698,825,682

SECTION 2.

JUDICIARY.

Supreme Judicial Court.

0320-0003         For the operation of the supreme judicial court, including the salaries of the chief justice and the 6 associate justices........................................................................ $11,117,584

0320-0010         For the operation of the clerk’s office of the supreme judicial court for Suffolk county $2,260,329

0321-0001         For the operation of the commission on judicial conduct.................................. $1,076,974

0321-0100         For the services of the board of bar examiners............................................... $2,029,997

Committee for Public Counsel Services.

0321-1500         For the operation of the committee for public counsel services under chapter 211D of the General Laws including, but not limited to, payroll costs of the committee’s public defenders, attorneys in charge and appeals attorneys, including fringe benefit costs; provided, that the committee shall maintain a system in which not less than 20 per cent of indigent clients shall be represented by public defenders; provided further, that to the extent feasible, the committee shall assign public defenders to district and superior courts; provided further, that the committee shall approve by majority vote any increase in the base salary or rate of compensation for employees holding management positions, including, but not limited to, chiefs, deputy chiefs, directors, assistant directors and managers; provided further, that not later than December 1, 2022, the committee shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency of items 0321-1500, 0321-1510 and 0321-1520 for fiscal year 2023; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the committee shall submit an annual report to the house and senate committees on ways and means in a cumulative manner and which shall be compared with data from the current period to the previous 2 fiscal years; and provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the caseload of attorneys in charge compared to the caseload of public defenders; (ii) the number of cases handled by the committee in each reporting period, delineated by public defender and private bar advocate; (iii) the average number of hours spent per case by public defenders; (iv) the number of public defenders currently employed by the committee and the total number employed by the committee at the end of each fiscal year, delineated by division; (v) the number of public defender vacancies to be filled; (vi) the average cost for public defender services rendered per case in the prior fiscal year; (vii) the number of cases assigned to private bar advocates; (viii) the average number of hours billed by private bar advocates; (ix) the average cost for private bar advocate services rendered per case in the prior fiscal year; (x) the billable hours of private counsel, delineated by travel time and time spent in court, including wait time and trial preparation time, including interview time, investigating time and research time; (xi) any changes to the private bar billing system and any billing improvements that have been made; (xii) the total number of support staff, investigators, attorneys in charge and management personnel currently employed by the committee and the total number employed by the committee at the end of each fiscal year for the previous 2 fiscal years; and (xiii) a summary of all spending for psychologists, psychiatrists and investigators including the total number of hours billed, the number of unique vendors and the average number of hours billed, prior appropriation continued.................................... $79,011,013

0321-1510         For compensation paid to private counsel assigned to criminal and civil cases under subsection (b) of section 6 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, under section 11 of said chapter 211D; provided, that not more than $2,000,000 from this item shall be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2023........... ………………$207,565,150

0321-1520         For fees and costs as defined in section 27A of chapter 261 of the General Laws, as ordered by a justice of the appeals court or a justice of a department of the trial court on behalf of persons who are indigent as defined in said section 27A of said chapter 261; provided, that not more than $1,000,000 from this item shall be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2023, prior appropriation continued..................... $30,165,014

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

0321-1600         For the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to provide legal representation for indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents of the commonwealth; provided, that not later than February 1, 2023, the corporation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means using the most recent United States Census Bureau population data available that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of persons assisted by the programs funded by the corporation in the prior fiscal year; (ii) any proposed expansion of legal services, delineated by type of service, target population and cost; and (iii) the total number of indigent or otherwise disadvantaged residents who received services from the corporation, delineated by type of case and geographic location; provided further, that the corporation may contract with any organization to provide representation; and provided further, that notwithstanding the first paragraph of section 9 of chapter 221A of the General Laws, funds shall be expended for the Disability Benefits Project, the Medicare Advocacy Project and the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project............................................................... $41,000,000

Mental Health Legal Advisors.

0321-2000         For the operation of the mental health legal advisors committee and for certain programs for the indigent mentally ill established in section 34E of chapter 221 of the General Laws; provided, that funds shall be expended for the establishment of a satellite office in the western region of the commonwealth............................................................. $2,505,188

Prisoners’ Legal Services.

0321-2100         For the expenses of Prisoners’ Legal Services............................................... $2,646,567

0321-2200        For the expenses of the New England Innocence Project, Inc. supporting exonerees $250,000

 

Social Law Library.

0321-2205         For the expenses of the social law library located in Suffolk county.................. $2,778,247

Appeals Court.

0322-0100         For the appeals court, including the salaries, traveling allowances and expenses of the chief justice, recall justices and associate justices......................................... $15,406,986

Trial Court.

0330-0101         For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court.............. $92,852,039

0330-0300         For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court non-employee services, dental and vision health plan agreements for employees who are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, jury expenses, law libraries, statewide telecommunications, private and municipal court rentals and leases, operation of courthouse facilities, rental of county court facilities, witness fees, printing expenses, equipment maintenance and repairs, the court interpreter program, insurance and chargeback costs, the Massachusetts sentencing commission, court security and judicial training; provided, that 50 per cent of all fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure shall be paid from this item; provided further, that funds may be expended for training on domestic violence issues, the maintenance of a domestic violence registry, evaluations of batterers’ intervention programs and the risk assessment tool for domestic violence offenders under chapter 260 of the acts of 2014; provided further, that not less than $378,000 shall be expended for the Race and Bias Initiative to expand the trial court’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Experience and to provide additional diversity training for all court employees; provided further, that in planning and implementing the policies of the Race and Bias Initiative, the trial court’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Experience shall solicit feedback from community stakeholders in order to identify any structural, organizational or cultural barriers to ensure equity in the justice system for people of racial, linguistic, cultural or sexual minorities, and shall recommend methods to remove such barriers to guarantee the provision of competent representation and inclusive practices in every courtroom in the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $2,525,400 shall be expended for rate increases for juvenile court investigators; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to ensure the maintenance of an interactive text response system to remind litigants, including all criminal defendants in the district, Boston municipal and superior courts, of their court dates; provided further, that not less than $1,130,000 shall be expended to hire mental health clinicians; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Tales of Cape Cod, Inc. to make the Olde Colonial Courthouse compliant with Massachusetts regulations on building access for persons with disabilities; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for pro-bono legal services to low-income residents of the city of Chelsea provided by Chelsea Legal Services, Inc.; provided further, that funds may be expended for providing information and assistance to self-represented litigants; provided further, that the trial court shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on revenues collected in the trial court; provided further, that each report shall provide for the previous quarter for each court division and courthouse: (i) the total amount ordered in fees and fines; (ii) the total amount dismissed in fees and fines; (iii) the total amount paid in fees and fines; and (iv) the total amount outstanding in fees and fines; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2023, the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the number of court officers, per diem court officers and security personnel located in each trial court of the commonwealth; provided further, that notwithstanding section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the rights afforded to a veteran, under said section 9A of said chapter 30, shall also be afforded to any such veteran who holds a trial court office or position in the service of the commonwealth not classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws, other than an elective office, an appointive office for a fixed term or an office or position under section 7 of said chapter 30 and who: (a) has held the office or position for not less than 1 year; and (b) has 30 years of total creditable service to the commonwealth, as defined in chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided further, that the trial court shall submit a report to the victim and witness assistance board detailing the amount of assessments imposed within each court by a justice or clerk-magistrate during the previous calendar year under section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of cases in which the assessment was reduced or waived by a judge or clerk-magistrate within the courts; provided further, that not later than January 6, 2023, the report shall be submitted to the victim and witness assistance board; provided further, that not less than 15 days before the transfer of funds between items within the trial court, the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of money transferred from any item of appropriation; (2) the line item number of the appropriation making the transfer; (3) the line item number of the appropriation receiving the transfer; and (4) the reason for the transfer; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the trial court to design a searchable online system to make publicly available on an ongoing basis the quantities and selected characteristics of search warrants executed; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for community outreach clinics and pro bono activities of the University of Massachusetts School of Law to provide direct legal assistance in the area of tenants' rights....................................................................................... $314,988,480

0330-0344         For the administration and transportation costs associated with a veterans court program...................................................................................................................... $233,935

0330-0410         For the implementation of alternative dispute resolution programming; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for online dispute resolution. ……………$1,332,273

0330-0441         For permanency mediation services in the probate and juvenile courts............... $500,000

                       

0330-0500         For the use of video teleconferencing for court appearances by persons in the custody of the houses of correction............................................................................... $247,500

0330-0599         For a probation program that administers high-intensity supervision to promote successful probation outcomes and reduce recidivism; provided, that the office of the commissioner of probation may partner with the same external research organization in fiscal year 2023 as selected in fiscal year 2022 to: (i) monitor program fidelity and design:(ii) implement the model; and (iii) collect and analyze the outcome evaluation; provided further, that said program shall be conducted at both a district and a superior court; provided further, that the trial court shall maintain this probation program in the 10 court locations currently in operation; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2023, the office of the commissioner of probation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, any relevant data on participants and outcomes................................................... $1,127,114

0330-0601         For the operation of the specialty courts; provided, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court; and provided further, that not later than April 3, 2023, the trial court shall, in coordination with partner departments and agencies, submit reports on interdepartmental service agreements made with the partner departments and agencies to the court administrator and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the amount of funds transferred to each specific agency or department for use in the specialty courts; (ii) the specific intent of the transfer in relation to specialty court operations; (iii) any additional services implemented by way of the transfer; and (iv) the amount of unspent funds from the transfer at the time of reporting............................... ……………$7,335,165

0330-0612         For the administration of the Massachusetts Community Justice Project to serve individuals with mental health and substance use disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system; provided, that the trial court shall continue to fund a project coordinator to oversee coordination and administration and to provide financial oversight of the sequential intercept model; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the project coordinator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) design of the sequential intercept model mappings; (ii) locations of workshops held to advocate for the model; (iii) number of cases in which the model has been utilized; (iv) impact of the model on rehabilitation and recidivism; and (v) cost savings associated with the model...... $237,669

0330-0613         For the implementation of the recommendations set forth by the Council of State Governments Justice Center - Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review including, but not limited to, the establishment of new programs and expansion of existing programs targeted at recidivism reduction; provided, that the trial court shall transfer funds to other commonwealth agencies and departments of the commonwealth as outlined in this item; provided further, that not less than 15 days before any such transfer, the trial court administrator shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that if no state agency or department is specifically designated to receive funds from this item, the trial court administrator shall distribute funding based on the recommendations of the Council of State Governments Justice Center - Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, each state agency or department receiving funds from this item shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, as applicable, participation, completion and recidivism rates, delineated by gender; provided further, that the department of correction shall expend not less than $637,500 to expand recidivism reduction programming; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the department of correction shall submit a report to the executive office of public safety and security, the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary on the types of recidivism reduction programs provided, participation, completion and recidivism rates for said recidivism reduction programming; provided further, that the report shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that not less than $345,000 shall be expended for grants administered by the executive office of public safety and security to support the expansion of evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs in county houses of correction and jails; provided further, that the secretary of public safety and security shall award grants on a competitive basis and applicants shall provide a plan for ensuring that proposed programs shall be implemented with fidelity to a research-based, evidence-based or evidence-informed program design; provided further, that if there is no existing research or evidence supporting the proposed program, applicants shall describe in detail how the program will be evaluated with sufficient rigor to add to existing research; provided further, that the sheriffs’ offices that receive grant funds shall report participation, completion and recidivism rates annually to the executive office of public safety and security; provided further, that the report shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, copies of the report shall be provided to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended for the development and implementation of a program to improve collaboration between the department of correction and the parole board to reduce delays in the release of paroled inmates; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the department of correction and the parole board shall submit a joint report to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary detailing the: (i) implementation process; (ii) number of inmates who experienced delayed release in fiscal year 2023 compared to prior fiscal years; and (iii) average length of delays in fiscal year 2023 compared to prior fiscal years; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended for : (a) evaluating the caseload of parole and probation officers; (b) hiring new officers accordingly; and (c) expanding programs and services at community corrections centers; provided further, that not less than $2,300,000 shall be expended for a transitional youth early intervention probation pilot program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended for the improvement of case management and data-tracking capacity in the office of the commissioner of probation; and provided further, that not less than $5,075,000 shall be expended in conjunction with the executive office of health and human services for the development and implementation of a behavioral health strategy, including statewide capacity to track the utilization of behavioral health care services and behavioral health outcomes for persons in the criminal justice system within the Medicaid management information system................................................................... $8,662,500

Superior Court Department.

0331-0100         For the operation of the superior court department; provided, that funds shall be expended for medical malpractice tribunals under section 60B of chapter 231 of the General Laws; and provided further, that the clerk of the court shall be responsible for the internal administration of the clerk’s office, including personnel, staff services and record keeping........................................................................................... $35,926,900

District Court Department.

0332-0100         For the operation of the district court department, including a civil conciliation program; provided, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the district court of Chelsea shall be the permanent location for the northern trial session to handle 6-person jury cases; and provided further, that all personnel within said district court whose duties related to said northern trial session shall report to the clerk-magistrate of said district court............................................................ $77,961,371

Probate and Family Court Department.

0333-0002         For the operation of the probate and family court department; provided, that not less than $848,014 shall be expended for continuation of the case management triage plan ……$37,746,410

Land Court Department.

0334-0001         For the operation of the land court department............................................... $4,755,706

Boston Municipal Court Department.

0335-0001         For the operation of the Boston municipal court department.......................... $14,758,440

Housing Court Department.

0336-0002         For the operation of the housing court department; provided, that funds shall be expended for court interpreter services........................................................ $12,126,298

Juvenile Court Department.

0337-0002         For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a grant to One Can Help, Inc. for providing assistance and resources for families in juvenile courts statewide; provided further, that not less than $330,000 shall be expended for the Worcester County court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $136,000 shall be expended for the Franklin and Hampshire County court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $180,000 shall be expended for the Hampden County court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $167,000 shall be expended for the Essex County court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $288,000 shall be expended for the Boston court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Berkshire County court-appointed special advocates program; and provided further, that not less than 100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts CASA Association...................................................................................... $22,508,501

Office of the Commissioner of Probation.

0339-1001         For the office of the commissioner of probation; provided, that the office shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the department of revenue to verify income data and to use the department’s wage reporting and bank match system for weekly tape-matching to determine an individual’s eligibility for appointment of indigent counsel under chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the expansion of Communities for Restorative Justice, Inc. under chapter 276B of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $2,236,000 shall be expended for the establishment of an employment services division; provided further, that not less than $479,167 shall be expended for DNA testing; provided further, that not less than $450,000 shall be expended for expanded drug testing capacity; provided further, that not less than $222,000 shall be expended for increased sealing and expungement capacity; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a caseload management software system for the juvenile and probate and family courts; provided further, that not less than $641,000 shall be expended for a pre-trial services unit; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended for increased electronic monitoring capacity; provided further, that not less than $374,667 shall be expended for a probate and family court workload reduction project; provided further, that not less than $160,000 shall be expended for the purchase of bulletproof vests for probation officers; provided further, that funds may be expended for increased lab-based testing, oral toxicology tests and new urine tests to detect additional substances; provided further, that funds shall be used for the ongoing development and implementation of the validated risk assessment tool to inform pre-adjudication decision making with regard to detention, release on personal recognizance or release under conditions of criminal defendants before the adult trial court; provided further, that not later than November 1, 2022, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the status of the validated risk assessment tool; (ii) efforts to implement the risk assessment tool in the courts; (iii) further goals to expand the use of the risk assessment tool; and (iv) the outcomes associated with utilization of the risk assessment tool; and provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for the costs associated with the full implementation of chapter 303 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 418 of the acts of 2006 to ensure effective supervision of probationers who are monitored through global positioning system bracelets...................................................................... $179,858,299

0339-1003         For the office of community corrections and performance-based contracts for the operation of community corrections centers; provided, that not later than March 1, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the performance standards used to evaluate community corrections centers; (ii) a description of how each community corrections center compares based on performance and utilization data; (iii) the amount of each contract awarded to community corrections centers on a per-client-day basis; (iv) the standards for terminating contracts with underperforming community corrections centers; and (v) plans for increasing the use of community corrections centers by the courts, the department of correction and the county sheriffs’ offices; provided further, that the executive director of the office of community corrections may make funds available from this item for rehabilitative pilot programs that incorporate evidence-based corrections practices; provided further, that the office may provide re-entry services programs, which shall not operate as intermediate sanctions programs as defined in section 1 of chapter 211F of the General Laws, to any person released from incarceration including, but not limited to, any probationer or parolee; and provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for the Ralph Gants Reentry Services Program for supporting reentry, including providing reentry services programs.............................................. $30,889,514

0339-1005         For a competitive grant program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation for cities and towns, acting either individually or in concert, to pilot or expand multidisciplinary approaches to divert juveniles and young adults from the juvenile and criminal justice systems before arrest or arraignment through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention that serve youths and their families including, but not limited to: (i) connecting youths to mental health services; (ii) providing youth development activities and mentoring; (iii) promoting school safety, family home visits, juvenile diversion programs and restorative justice and mediation programs; and (iv) providing assistance for families and schools to navigate the legal system; provided, that eligible applicants may partner with nonprofit organizations to provide programs and services; provided further, that the office shall give preference to applications that: (a) clearly outline a comprehensive plan for municipalities to collaborate with law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to address juvenile delinquency and young adult crime; (b) include written commitments of municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to collaborate; (c) make a written commitment to match grant funds with a 25 per cent matching grant provided by either municipal or private contributions; and (d) identify a local governmental unit to serve as the fiscal agent for the proposed programs and services; provided further, that administrative costs for approved grant applications shall not exceed 5 per cent of the value of the grant; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (1) the number of grant applications received; (2) the number of grants approved; (3) the amount of funds issued to each grantee; and (4) details regarding each grantee, including geographic location, services offered, organizations with which the grantee collaborated, matching funds provided and the number of juveniles and young adults served.. $500,000

0339-1011         For a grant program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation for community-based residential re-entry programs to reduce recidivism by providing transitional housing, workforce development and case management to individuals returning to the community from county correctional facilities and state prisons, including inmates of state prisons and county correctional facilities approved under sections 49 and 86F of chapter 127 of the General Laws and individuals on parole or on probation; provided, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court; provided further, that said programs shall provide supervision and accountability as needed; provided further, that the funds shall be awarded through a competitive process to qualified nonprofit organizations with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based or evidence-informed community residential re-entry services; provided further, that applicants shall provide a plan for ensuring that proposed programs shall be implemented with fidelity to a research-based, evidence-based or evidence-informed program design; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be spent on women and elderly persons returning from incarceration; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be awarded to the parole board for transitional housing for parolees; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the outcomes and recidivism rates of the participants......................................... $13,612,371

Office of the Jury Commissioner.

0339-2100         For the office of jury commissioner under chapter 234A of the General Laws... $3,378,330

DISTRICT ATTORNEYS.

Suffolk District Attorney.

0340-0100         For the Suffolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the domestic violence unit and the children’s advocacy center; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000............... $24,729,210

0340-0198         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $406,677

Middlesex District Attorney.

0340-0200         For the Middlesex district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $20,965,564

0340-0298         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $602,600

Eastern District Attorney.

0340-0300         For the Eastern district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $12,560,466

0340-0398         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Eastern district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $578,906

Worcester District Attorney.

0340-0400         For the Worcester district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $13,673,936

0340-0498         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Worcester district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $482,444

Hampden District Attorney.

0340-0500         For the Hampden district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $14,326,711

0340-0598         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $495,645

Northwestern District Attorney.

0340-0600         For the Northwestern district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the domestic violence unit and the anti-crime task force; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000........................... $8,717,357

0340-0698         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office............................................................................................... $343,307

Norfolk District Attorney.

0340-0700         For the Norfolk district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $12,524,175

0340-0798         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $498,552

Plymouth District Attorney.

0340-0800         For the Plymouth district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $11,045,088

0340-0898         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Plymouth district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $501,279

Bristol District Attorney.

0340-0900         For the Bristol district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................... $12,436,532

0340-0998         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Bristol district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $599,138

Cape and Islands District Attorney.

0340-1000         For the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program and the domestic violence unit; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000........................................ $5,507,285

0340-1098         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office............................................................................................... $331,522

Berkshire District Attorney.

0340-1100         For the Berkshire district attorney’s office, including the victim and witness assistance program, the child abuse and sexual assault prosecution program, the drug task force, the domestic violence unit and the Berkshire county law enforcement task force; provided, that 50 per cent of fees payable under rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure for appeals taken by the office shall be paid from this item; and provided further, that no assistant district attorney shall be paid an annual salary of less than $68,000................................................................ $5,216,719

0340-1198         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the Berkshire district attorney’s office.............................................................................................................. $270,255

MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION.

0340-0203         For the implementation and administration of drug diversion programs for nonviolent young adult drug offenders; provided, that individuals using heroin or other opiate derivatives who are arrested for nonviolent crimes shall be eligible for such programs; provided further, that individuals charged with violent crimes shall not be eligible for participation in a drug diversion program; provided further, that a district attorney’s office may contract with any organization to administer a drug diversion program or an education program; provided further, that such programs shall be designed in consultation with the department of public health; provided further, that eligible drug diversion programs shall offer pre- or post-arraignment programs for non-violent drug offenders to provide candidates the opportunity to receive comprehensive substance use treatment services in lieu of prosecution through the traditional court process; provided further, that treatment plans may include, but shall not be limited to, inpatient, outpatient and step-down recovery services; provided further, that diversion program candidates without insurance coverage for such services shall not be denied access to the program based on the inability to pay; provided further, that not less than 60 days before the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (ii) the methodology for the distribution; and (iii) the administration and cost of the program; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the administrative costs of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association...................................................................................... $499,950

0340-2100         For the operation of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, including the implementation and related expenses of the district attorneys’ offices automation, case management and tracking system; provided, that expenses associated with the system may be charged directly to this item; provided further, that the association shall work in conjunction with the disabled persons protection commission and the 11 district attorneys' offices to prepare a report that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of abuse cases that are referred to each district attorney’s office for further investigation; (ii) the number of said referrals resulting in the filing of criminal charges, delineated by type of charge; (iii) the number of cases referred to each district attorney's office that remain open as of the date for submission of the report; and (iv) the number of cases that resulted in a criminal prosecution and the disposition of each such prosecution; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2023, said report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate; provided further, that not later than January 13, 2023, the association shall work in conjunction with the 11 district attorneys’ offices to prepare and submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the clerks of the house of representatives and senate; provided further, that the association shall provide said offices with an agreed-upon template for the report to be filled out; provided further, that said offices shall submit said report in a standard electronic format; provided further, that said template shall include, delineated by charge type: (a) the number of criminal cases initiated by arraignment in each department of the trial court; (b) the number of criminal cases disposed of in each department of the trial court; (c) the number of cases appealed to the appeals courts, or of the supreme judicial court, a single justice of the appeals court or supreme judicial court or any other appeals; (d) the number of cases reviewed but not charged; and (e) the number of cases under active management where the case includes charges for drug offenses under chapter 94C of the General Laws, motor vehicle offenses under chapter 90 of the General Laws or firearm offenses under chapter 140 of the General Laws; and provided further, that each district attorney shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 30 days before transferring any funds from the AA object class of each district attorney’s administrative line item and the reason the transfer is necessary .... $2,346,581

0340-2117         For the retention of assistant district attorneys and non-attorney staff with not less than 3 years of experience; provided, that the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall transfer funds to the AA object class in each of the 11 district attorneys’ offices; provided further, that the association shall develop a formula for the distribution of said funds; provided further, that funds distributed from this item to the district attorneys’ offices shall be used for retention purposes and shall not be transferred out of the AA object class; provided further, that not more than $100,000 shall be distributed to any 1 district attorney’s office for such purpose; provided further, that not less than 60 days prior to the distribution of funds, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the methodology used to determine the amount to be disbursed; (ii) the amount to be given to each district attorney’s office; (iii) the methodology for the distribution; and (iv) the number of assistant district attorneys and non-attorney staff from each office who would receive funds from this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the administrative costs of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association..................................................................................................... $750,000

0340-6653         For increases in the annual salaries of assistant district attorneys; provided, that the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association shall transfer funds to the AA object class in each of the 11 district attorneys’ offices so that the resulting minimum annual salary for an assistant district attorney shall exceed $68,000 per year; provided further, that said salary increases shall not take effect until January 1, 2023; provided further, that not less than 30 days before the distribution of funds, the association shall notify the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) amount to be distributed to each district attorney’s office; (ii) reason behind the distribution; (iii) number of assistant district attorneys from each office who will receive funds from this item; and (iv) resulting salaries of the assistant district attorneys who will receive funds from this item; and provided further, that no funds from this item shall be expended for the administrative costs of the association....... $5,000,000

0340-8908         For the costs associated with maintaining the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association’s wide area network.................................................................... $2,377,786

EXECUTIVE.

0411-1000........ For the offices of the governor, the lieutenant governor and the governor’s council; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item may be used at the discretion of the governor for the payment of extraordinary expenses not otherwise provided for and for transfers to appropriation items where the amounts otherwise available may be insufficient; provided further, that funds may be expended for the governor’s commission on intellectual disability; provided further, that funds may be expended for the governor’s development coordinating council; and provided further, that the advisory council on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, established in section 379 of chapter 194 of the acts of 1998, shall continue during fiscal year 2023............................................................................................ $5,923,885

SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.

0511-0000         For the operation of the office of the secretary of the commonwealth; provided, that the secretary may transfer funds between items 0540-0900, 0540-1000, 0540-1100, 0540-1200, 0540-1300, 0540-1400, 0540-1500, 0540-1600, 0540-1700, 0540-1800, 0540-1900, 0540-2000 and 0540-2100 under an allocation schedule which shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days before the transfer; and provided further, that each register of deeds using electronic record books shall ensure that all methods of electronically recording instruments conform to the regulations or standards established by the secretary of the commonwealth and the records conservation board $7,076,253

0511-0001         For the secretary of the commonwealth, who may expend retained revenues not to exceed $15,000 from the sale of merchandise at the state house gift shop to restock gift shop inventory.................................................................................................. $15,000

0511-0002         For the operation of the corporations division; provided, that the division shall implement a corporate dissolution program; and provided further, that the secretary of the commonwealth shall submit biannual reports, the first of which shall be submitted not later than March 15, 2023, to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the total number of reports filed as a result of this program and the amount of revenue generated for the commonwealth........................................................ $545,040

0511-0200         For the operation of the archives division; provided, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for preservation matching grants for municipalities and nonprofit organizations to preserve veterans’ monuments, memorials and other significant sites and historic documents; and provided further, that the program shall be administered by the state historic records advisory board........................................................................ $670,213

0511-0230         For the operation of the records center............................................................... $35,469

0511-0250         For the operation of the archives facility............................................................ $513,581

0511-0260         For the operation of the commonwealth museum.............................................. $233,350

0511-0270         For the secretary of the commonwealth, who shall contract with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to provide the commonwealth with technical assistance on United States census data and to prepare annual population estimates; provided, that the contract shall be for not less than $325,000......................... $1,000,001

0511-0420         For the operation of the address confidentiality program.................................... $136,971

0517-0000         For the printing of public documents................................................................. $510,639

0521-0000         For the operation of the elections division, including preparation, printing and distribution of ballots and for other miscellaneous expenses for primary and other elections; provided, that the secretary of the commonwealth may award grants for voter registration and education; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for a town meeting voter enhancement and accuracy program in the town of Medway; and provided further, that the registration and education activities may be conducted by community-based voter registration and education organizations.................................... $26,666,291

0521-0001         For the operation of the central voter registration computer system; provided, that not later than February 28, 2023, the secretary of the commonwealth shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing voter registration activity and a breakdown, by region, of active voters in the commonwealth...... $7,407,994

0521-0002         For implementing early voting in the commonwealth for the September 6, 2022 state primary and the November 8, 2022 state election under sections 6 and 7 of chapter 115 of the acts of 2020 and section 25B of chapter 54 of the General Laws, as determined through the collection and certification of accurate accounting by the state auditor and division of local mandates for distribution by the secretary of the commonwealth $6,000,000

0524-0000         For providing information to voters................................................................. $1,878,999

0524-2022         For a new American voters grant program to ensure compliance with the language access mandate in section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. section 10503; provided, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended for grants to support outreach efforts in the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield and Worcester, the town of Clinton and the cities known as the towns of Randolph and Southbridge to provide, pursuant to the Voting Rights Act, election materials, including ballots, in languages spoken by more than 5 per cent of the populations in those municipalities or as otherwise required by the Voting Rights Act; provided further, that the grant program shall be administered by the secretary of the commonwealth, who shall issue a request for proposals to provide grants to the municipalities listed in this item; provided further, that the secretary of the commonwealth shall use not more than $125,000 of the grant funding under this item for necessary administrative costs related to grant administration, technical assistance and training for municipalities and statewide professional translation and interpretation services; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be made available to the Massachusetts Voter Education Network, Inc. to administer a New American Voters Community Partnership grant program for community-based organizations to: (i) conduct nonpartisan voter education; (ii) advise and assist municipal elections officials in the aforementioned municipalities, including reviewing translations and identifying multilingual poll workers; and (iii) aid in collecting feedback from limited English proficiency voters; provided further, that the Massachusetts Voter Education Network, Inc. shall use not more than 10 per cent of the funds for activities related to grant administration; provided further, that the secretary of the commonwealth shall develop guidelines that outline periodic reporting requirements for grantees, including semi-annual and final reports; and provided further, that the secretary of the commonwealth shall submit a preliminary report not later than 6 months after the awarding of the funds and a final report not later than 12 months after the expenditure of all grant funds awarded to those community-based organizations by the New American Voters Community Partnership grant program on the efficacy of the grant programs to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on election laws........................................................................... $1,000,000

0526-0100         For the operation of the Massachusetts historical commission........................... $967,051

0527-0100         For the operation of the ballot law commission.................................................... $10,384

 

0528-0100         For the operation of the records conservation board............................................ $36,396

0540-0900         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lawrence................................. $1,368,857

 

0540-1000         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Salem...................................... $3,105,080

 

0540-1100         For the registry of deeds located in the county of Franklin.................................. $680,502

 

0540-1200         For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampden............................ $2,073,785

 

0540-1300         For the registry of deeds located in the county of Hampshire............................. $851,798

 

0540-1400         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Lowell...................................... $1,299,018

 

0540-1500         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Cambridge............................... $4,387,709

 

0540-1600         For the registry of deeds located in the town of Adams...................................... $324,448

0540-1700         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Pittsfield; provided, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for repairs to the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds $544,599

 

0540-1800         For the registry of deeds located in the town of Great Barrington........................ $264,693

 

0540-1900         For the registry of deeds located in the county of Suffolk................................. $2,370,528

 

0540-2000         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Fitchburg..................................... $740,699

 

0540-2100         For the registry of deeds located in the city of Worcester................................ $2,442,827

TREASURER AND RECEIVER GENERAL.

Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General.

0610-0000        For the office of the treasurer and receiver general; provided, that the treasurer shall provide computer services required by the teachers’ retirement board; provided further, that funds may be expended for the payment of bank fees; and provided further, that financial assistance shall be made available to injured firefighters.................. $11,435,379

0610-0010         For the office of economic empowerment; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Budget Buddies, Inc. in the town of Chelmsford to operate a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women throughout the state; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be transferred to the Economic Empowerment Trust Fund established in section 35QQ of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that such funds shall be expended to operate a matching grant program to leverage additional private funds to support the BabySteps Savings Plan to sustain and increase participation in the program; provided further, that such funds shall be subject to match contributions equal to $1 for every $1 contributed through the transfer; provided further, that such funds shall be used to promote geographic, social, racial and economic equity and reduce barriers to enrollment in the program that persist in low-income communities and communities of color; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be made available to the MIDAS Collaborative, Inc. as a fiscal intermediary for matched-savings programs, which help to close critical racial and other wealth gaps of low-to-moderate-income households, in partnership with financial institutions, community development corporations, community foundations and other community-based organizations; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended as dollar-for-dollar matching funds to the Massachusetts Council for Economic Education to leverage a $100,000 donation from Next Gen Personal Finance to provide stipends to public elementary, middle and high school educators who participate in personal finance focused professional development; and provided further, that the stipends shall be administered by the Massachusetts Council for Economic Education in coordination with the office of economic empowerment................................... $1,626,701

0610-0050         For the administration of the alcoholic beverages control commission in its efforts to regulate and control the conduct and condition of traffic in alcoholic beverages; provided, that the commission shall maintain at least 1 chief investigator and other investigators as may be necessary for the regulation and control of trafficking 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 trafficking of alcoholic beverages; and provided further, that the commission shall seek out matching federal funds and apply for federal grants that may be available to assist in the enforcement of laws pertaining to the trafficking of alcoholic beverages...... $5,072,163

0610-0051         For the operation of the alcoholic beverages control commission relative to the prevention of underage drinking and related programs including, but not limited to, applying for and obtaining Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the United States Department of Justice funds, grants and other federal appropriations; provided, that the commission may expend revenues up to $248,000 collected from fees generated by the commission; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the 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.......................................................................................... $248,000

0610-0060         For the costs associated with the investigation and enforcement division of the alcoholic beverages control commission’s implementation of the enhanced liquor enforcement programs known as the safe campus, safe holidays, safe prom and safe summer programs; provided, that funds from this item shall not support other operating costs of item 0610-0050............................................................................................... $248,780

0610-2000         For payments made to veterans under section 1 of chapter 646 of the acts of 1968, section 16 of chapter 130 of the acts of 2005 and section 11 of chapter 132 of the acts of 2009; provided, that the office of the state treasurer may expend not more than $300,000 for costs incurred in the administration of these payments; and provided further, that not later than September 1, 2022, the state treasurer shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the number of veterans applying for the payments, delineated by in-person and online applications; and (ii) how many payments were approved in the prior fiscal year........................ $2,803,626

0611-1000         For bonus payments to war veterans.................................................................. $44,500 

0612-0105         For payment of the public safety employee killed in the line of duty benefit established in section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided, that the office of the state treasurer 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.................................... $600,000

Lottery Commission.

0640-0000         For the operation of the state lottery commission and arts lottery; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for 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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund............................................................................................. $98,277,185

0640-0005         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............................................................................ $3,242,859

0640-0010         For the promotional activities associated with the state lottery program; provided, that not later than June 30, 2023, the state lottery commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing additional revenues generated as a result of 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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund............................................................... $4,500,000

0640-0096         For the commonwealth’s fiscal year 2023 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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, to the General Fund $497,310

Massachusetts Cultural Council.

0640-0300         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 under 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, established in section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, 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; provided further, that the council shall expend from any source an amount not less than 75 per cent of the amount of this item on grants and subsidies to further the achievement of the goals of the council’s 5-year strategic plan, including: (i) amplifying cultural vitality in cities and towns through integrated community-focused grants and initiatives; (ii) enhancing the commonwealth’s economic vitality by helping nonprofit cultural organizations, artists and other participants in the cultural tourism sector to thrive; (iii) enhancing creative learning experiences in schools and communities that instill agency in, and support the growth of, creative, productive and independent-minded young people; (iv) strengthening the council’s capacity to fulfill its mission and deliver the highest quality services to constituents; and (v) promoting more diverse and inclusive participation in the cultural sector by ensuring equity in policies, practices and opportunities; provided further, that not later than January 31, 2023, the council shall submit its board-approved fiscal year 2023 spending plan to the office of the state treasurer, the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development including, but not limited to, the amounts to be expended on: (a) grants and subsidies; (b) personnel; (c) leases and utilities; and (d) travel, delineated by in-state and board-approved out-of-state travel; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the construction of an ADA-compliant outdoor recreational space for the Ashland Community Center; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for ArtSpace Maynard to enable the reopening of the closed studio spaces; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements including, but not limited to, electrical upgrades at Cogswell ArtSpace in Haverhill to convert the former Cogswell school into a community art center; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society, Inc.’s restoration of the historic Russells Mills school in Dartmouth; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce tourism initiative; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Dedham for the annual Flag Day parade; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an Artists Community Assistance Program to be administered by the Allston Village Main Streets, Inc. of Boston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. for a youth symphony orchestra scholarship program and an upgrade to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra phone infrastructure system and downtown office; provided further, that not less than $7,000 shall be expended for the International Puerto Rican Studies Conference for its fiscal agent, the Holyoke public library; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Rumford Historical Association for maintenance, refurbishment and replacement of critical assets at the Count Rumford Birthplace at 90 Elm street, Woburn in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, Inc. to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the cultural life of the people of greater Lowell; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended to the Artists Association of Nantucket, Inc. to provide scholarships for individuals and support mental health programming through the creative arts; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Common Wealth Mural Collaborative, Inc. to support the Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to Mechanics Hall in the city of Worcester to support the preparation and production of a public art display of 3 portraits honoring nineteenth century Black Americans of impact; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Irish Cultural Center, Inc. of Western New England in the city known as the town of West Springfield; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the annual cultural festival in the city known as the town of Franklin; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Hickory Street Harambee Inc. to support its annual festival in the city of Springfield; and provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Pan African Historical Museum USA, a nonprofit museum in the city of Springfield................................................... $23,377,000

Debt Service.

0699-0005         For the state treasurer, who may retain and expend not more than $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 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....................................................................................... $50,000,000

0699-0014........ 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 $252,069,297

Commonwealth Transportation Fund..................... 100%

0699-0015         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 under section 38C of chapter 29 of the General Laws from this item and items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014; 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, 2023 from this item to items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014 or from said items 0699-9100, 0699-2005 and 0699-0014 to this item which would otherwise have insufficient amounts to meet debt service obligations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023; 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 under 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 provision of this item or of any other general or special law to the contrary, 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 submit to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 10 days in advance of charging such payments …………………$2,183,502,131

General Fund.................................................... 55.83%

Commonwealth Transportation Fund.................. 44.17%

0699-2005........ For the payment of interest, discount and principal on certain indebtedness that may be incurred for financing the central artery/third harbor tunnel funding shortfall ……$105,175,441

Commonwealth Transportation Fund..................... 100%

0699-9100         For the payment of costs associated with any bonds, notes or other obligations of the commonwealth, including issuance costs, interest on bonds, bond and revenue anticipation notes, commercial paper and other notes under sections 47 and 49B of chapter 29 of the General Laws and for the payment to the United States under the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 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, 2023 shall be charged to the various funds or to the General Fund or the Commonwealth Transportation Fund debt service reserves.................................................................................. $28,681,484

OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR.

0710-0000         For the office of the state auditor, including the review and monitoring of privatization contracts under sections 52 to 55, inclusive, of chapter 7 of the General Laws $17,977,332

0710-0100         For the operation of the division of local mandates............................................ $405,002

0710-0200         For the operation of the bureau of special investigations; provided, that the office of the state auditor shall submit quarterly reports to 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.................................. $2,019,676

0710-0225         For the operation of the Medicaid audit unit within the division of audit operations to prevent and identify fraud and abuse in the MassHealth system; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 50 per cent; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the division shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing all findings on activities and payments made through the MassHealth system; provided further, that the report shall include, to the extent available, a review of all post-audit efforts undertaken by MassHealth to recoup payments owed to the commonwealth due to identified fraud and abuse; provided further, that the report shall include the responses of MassHealth 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.......................................................................... …………$1,358,812

0710-0300         For costs related to the use of data analytic techniques to identify fraud by the bureau of special investigations...................................................................................... $515,480

0710-0400         For the establishment and operation of an information technology audit unit within the office of the state auditor in order to conduct audits of high risk information technology related activities including, cybersecurity, data access, systems operations, data integrity and regulatory compliance............................................................................... $500,000

Police Reform Commission.

0800-0000        For the operation of the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission; provided, that not later than March 10, 2023, the commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the current caseload of the commission for fiscal year 2023; (ii) the number of complaints concerning police officer conduct received by the commission; (iii) patterns of unprofessional police conduct identified by the commission; and (iv) the number of police officers suspended by the commission and the reason for said suspension.................................................................................................. $5,000,000

 

0800-0001         For the operation of the commission on the status of African Americans............. $150,000

0800-0002         For the operation of the commission on the status of Latinos and Latinas........... $150,000

0800-0003         For the operation of the commission on the status of persons with disabilities..... $150,000

0800-0004         For the operation of the commission on the social status of Black men and boys. $150,000

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

0810-0000         For the office of the attorney general, including the administration of the local consumer aid fund, established in section 11G of chapter 12 of the General Laws, 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 under chapters 258B and 258C of the General Laws; 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; provided further, that the report shall be submitted not later than January 13, 2023; and provided further, that funds shall be expended to support the services of the student loan ombudsman within the office who will serve as an independent mediator for student loan borrowers in the commonwealth......... $32,543,297

0810-0004         For compensation to victims of violent crimes; provided, that notwithstanding chapter 258C of the General Laws, if a claimant is 60 years of age or older at the time of the crime and is not employed or receiving unemployment compensation, such claimant shall be eligible for compensation under 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 under section 5 of chapter 258B of the General Laws....................... $3,263,165

0810-0013         For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for a false claims program not more than $3,893,891 from retained revenues collected from enforcement of sections 5A to 5O, inclusive, of chapter 12 of the General Laws; 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 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...................................................................... $3,893,891

0810-0014         For the operation of the office of ratepayer advocacy within the office of the attorney general under section 11E of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed under said section 11E of said chapter 12 shall equal the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for the expenses of legal and technical personnel and associated administrative and travel expenses relative to participation in regulatory proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on behalf of ratepayers in the commonwealth....................................................................................... $2,771,595

0810-0016         For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for the development and prosecution of claims for enforcement by the commonwealth of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq., and the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq., including, but not limited to, the investigation of such claims, the costs of personnel and litigation, the engagement of experts, the administration of studies or related activities and the enforcement of settlements, not more than $588,750 from revenues collected from costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney and expert witness fees as awarded to the attorney general by the court or as agreed upon by the parties in settlement of any claims brought under said Clean Water Act, and said Clean Air Act; provided, that penalties payable to the commonwealth under the General Laws that are recovered by the commonwealth in the course of prosecuting claims for enforcement of federal law shall be deposited into the General Fund; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the 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.......................................................................................... $588,750

0810-0021         For the operation of the Medicaid fraud control unit; provided, that the federal reimbursement for any expenditure from this item shall not be less than 75 per cent of the expenditure; provided further, that funds shall continue to be used specifically for the investigation and prosecution of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation based on referrals from the department of public health under section 72H of chapter 111 of the General Laws; provided further, that the unit shall provide training for all investigators of the department of public health’s division of health care quality responsible for the investigations on a periodic basis pursuant to a comprehensive training program to be developed by the division and the unit; and provided further, that training shall include instruction on techniques for improving the efficiency and quality of investigations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation referred under said section 72H of said chapter 111.................................................................... $4,806,868

0810-0045         For the wage enforcement program; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a nonmanagement position funded by this item shall be considered a job title in a collective bargaining unit as prescribed by the labor relations commission and shall be subject to chapter 150E of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the operation and administration of a specialized prevailing wage and construction investigatory and enforcement unit within the wage enforcement program; provided further, that the unit shall consist of not less than 2 investigators assigned to eastern Massachusetts, 2 investigators assigned to central Massachusetts and 2 investigators assigned to western Massachusetts and the specialized unit shall be supervised by at least 1 supervising investigator and 1 assistant attorney general in the wage enforcement program’s Boston office with significant experience investigating violations of the commonwealth’s prevailing wage and construction laws; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the specialized unit shall submit a report on its annual enforcement actions and violation trends within the construction industry to the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate $5,759,967

0810-0061         For the funding of existing and future litigation devoted to obtaining significant recoveries for the commonwealth.................................................................................. $2,894,811

0810-0098         For the overtime costs of state police officers assigned to the office of the attorney general; provided, that other costs associated with said officers shall not be funded from this item; and provided further, that no expenditures shall be made on or after the effective date of this item that would cause the commonwealth’s obligation under this item to exceed the amount appropriated in this item.......................................... $519,750

0810-0201         For the costs incurred in administrative or judicial proceedings on insurance under section 11F of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that funds made available in this item may be used to supplement the automobile insurance fraud unit and the workers’ compensation fraud unit in the office of the attorney general; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that funds may be expended for costs associated with health insurance rate hearings...... $1,742,778

0810-0338         For the investigation and prosecution of automobile insurance fraud; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item......................................... $537,735

0810-0399         For the investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the amount assessed for these costs shall be equal to the amount appropriated in this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; provided further, that the office of the attorney general shall investigate and prosecute, when appropriate, employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance as required by law and those employers or employees who may seek to defraud the system; and provided further, that the unit shall investigate and report on all companies not in compliance with chapter 152 of the General Laws................................................................................................. $353,389

0810-1204         For the costs of the division of gaming enforcement under section 11M of chapter 12 of the General Laws; provided, that the gaming commission shall reimburse the General Fund for the total amount of this appropriation and associated fringe benefit costs under said section 11M of said chapter 12................................................................. $510,930

0810-1205         For programs devoted to combatting opioid addiction including, but not limited to, the investigation and enforcement of opioid dispensing practices and fraudulent prescribing practices; provided, that not later than February 1, 2023, the office of the attorney general shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the results of said program including, but not limited to, the effectiveness of investigations, opioid and trafficking settlements pursued and long-term plans for the program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the New Bedford police department to support the Greater New Bedford Opioid Task Force; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the SAFE Coalition, Incorporated to provide support, education, treatment options and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance use disorder in the city known as the town of Franklin................ $2,291,936

0810-1206         For the office of the attorney general, which may expend for a civil penalties revolving fund an amount not to exceed $1,804,000 from revenues collected from enforcement of civil law; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the 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.......................... $1,804,000

Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

0840-0100         For the operation of the victim and witness assistance board; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the operation and administration of trainings and educational programming that advances the goals of the Massachusetts office for victim assistance.................................................................................................. $21,362,657

0840-0101         For the salaries and administration of the SAFEPLAN advocacy program to be administered by the Massachusetts office for victim assistance; provided, that not later than February 1, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the effectiveness of contracting for the program including, but not limited to, the: (i) expansion of the program’s services to new courthouses throughout the commonwealth; (ii) number and types of incidents to which the advocates responded; (iii) types of services and service referrals provided by the domestic violence advocates; (iv) cost of providing such services; and (v) extent of coordination with other service providers and state agencies; and provided further, that SAFEPLAN services shall at least be maintained at the levels provided in fiscal year 2022............................................................................................................ $2,408,705

state ethics commission.

0900-0100         For the operation of the state ethics commission............................................ $2,954,468

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

 

0910-0200         For the operation of the office of the inspector general.................................... $3,827,383 

0910-0210         For the office of the inspector general, which may expend revenues collected not more than $1,175,000 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 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 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......................................................................................................... $1,175,000

0910-0220         For the operation of the bureau of program integrity established in section 16V of chapter 6A of the General Laws................................................................................... $743,085

0910-0230         For the operation of the data analytics unit within the office of the inspector general $500,000

0910-0300         For the operation of the internal special audit unit established in section 9 of chapter 6C of the General Laws........................................................................................ $577,604

0910-0330         For the operation of the division of state police oversight, established in section 72 of chapter 22C of the General Laws..................................................................... $437,250

OFFICE OF CAMPAIGN AND POLITICAL FINANCE.

0920-0300         For the operation of the office of campaign and political finance...................... $2,034,060

OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE.

0930-0100         For the operation of the office of the child advocate; provided, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on a pilot program to provide housing support services to transition-age youth who are aging out of the care or custody of the department of children and families or the department of youth services; provided further, that such services shall include, but not be limited to, staff support through case management and the provision of direct housing services; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be used to ensure effective cross-agency coordination of early childhood and school-aged student wellness efforts to address barriers to student academic success, health and safety including, but not limited to, access to social services, mental health and behavioral health resources information sharing that ensures confidentiality, clear communication and addresses barriers to effective monitoring of students who are in the legal custody of the department of children and families, including coordination of mandated reporter responsibilities and cross-agency coordination efforts in its 2022 annual report............................................................................................... $4,400,000

0930-0101         For the operation of the state center on child wellbeing and trauma................. $3,500,000

MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.

0940-0100         For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination; provided, that the commission shall pursue the highest allowable rate of federal reimbursement; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the commission shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) 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) 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) number of new cases filed in fiscal year 2022; (iv) number of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2022; and (v) average duration of cases closed by the commission in fiscal year 2022, delineated by cases that reached the conciliation, pre-public hearing and post-public hearing stages; provided further, that funds made available in this item shall be in addition to funds available in items 0940-0101 and 0940-0103; and provided further, that all nonclerical positions shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws...... $7,641,395

0940-0101         For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $1,100,000 in revenues from fees and federal reimbursements received in fiscal year 2023 and prior fiscal years for the purposes of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development fair house programs; 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 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 commission may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................ $1,100,000

0940-0102........ For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $410,000 in revenues collected from fees charged for training and monitoring programs; provided, that the commission shall work with the office of access and opportunity and the office of diversity and equal opportunity to design and deliver training to executive branch staff; provided further, 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 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 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............................................................ $410,000

0940-0103........ For the Massachusetts commission against discrimination, which may expend not more than $2,520,000 in revenues from fees and federal reimbursements received in fiscal year 2023 and prior fiscal years for the purposes of United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fair employment programs; 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 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 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............... $2,520,000

COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN.

0950-0000         For the commission on the status of women established in section 66 of chapter 3 of the General Laws................................................................................................. $719,699

Commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren

0950-0030         For the commission on the status of grandparents raising grandchildren established in section 69 of chapter 3 of the General Laws..................................................... $269,322

MASSACHUSETTS Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth.

0950-0050         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 the commonwealths anti-bullying law under section 37O of chapter 71 of the General Laws............................... $1,100,000

Commission on the status of asian americans AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS.

0950-0080         For the commission on the status of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders established in section 68 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expanded to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association to provide adult English and citizenship classes for Chinese Immigrants..................................... $456,053

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER.

1000-0001         For the office of the state comptroller for the management of the accounting, payroll, related financial systems and annual financial reports, including prescribing the books and manner of accounting and internal control guidance for all commonwealth agencies to promote accountability, integrity and clarity in commonwealth business, fiscal and administrative enterprises and to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste and abuse of commonwealth resources; provided, that the comptroller shall submit quarterly reports to the executive office for administration and finance and 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 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 $10,253,798

MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION.

1050-0140         For payments to cities and towns under chapter 23K of the General Laws....... $1,112,591

CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION.

 

1070-0840........ For the operation of the cannabis control commission................................... $15,836,897

Marijuana Regulation Fund................................... 100%

1070-0842........ For the cannabis control commission’s oversight of the medical marijuana industry $3,381,752

Marijuana Regulation Fund................................... 100%

EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE.

Office of the Secretary of Administration and Finance.

1100-1100         For the office of the secretary of administration and finance; provided, that the secretary shall provide biannual reports, the first of which shall be submitted not later than January 31, 2023 and the second of which shall be submitted not later than June 1, 2023, 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 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 number of 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 reports shall detail, by bargaining unit, the costs to the commonwealth resulting from the collective bargaining agreements with various public employees’ unions, delineated by item; provided further, that the reports shall include, but not be limited to, the: (a) effective date of any new negotiations or renegotiations; (b) end date of the contract; (c) number of employees in the bargaining unit, by department; and (d) 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 for administration and finance shall submit 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........................................................................................................ $4,245,726

1100-1201         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....................... $393,796

1100-1700         For the provision of information technology services within the executive office for administration and finance......................................................................... $31,718,723

1106-0064         For the caseload and economic forecasting office; provided, that the office shall forecast: (i) MassHealth enrollment by group and coverage type; (ii) participation in state-subsidized child care provided through items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060; (iii) participation in emergency assistance and housing programs provided through items 7004-0101, 7004-0102, 7004-0108 and 7004-9316; (iv) enrollment of active members and dependents in the group insurance commission; (v) recipients of direct benefits provided by the department of transitional assistance through items 4400-1004, 4403-2000, 4405-2000 and 4408-1000; (vi) participation in programs provided by the department of children and families through items 4800-0038 and 4800-0041; and (vii) other related economic forecasts; provided further, that not later than October 17, 2022, the office shall report its fiscal year 2022 actuals, fiscal year 2023 year-to-date actuals and forecasts and fiscal year 2024 forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; and provided further, that not later than March 15, 2023, the office shall submit updated forecasts to the executive office for administration and finance and to the house and senate committees on ways and means.................................................................................................................... $137,591

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

 

1102-3199         For the operation of the office of facilities management and maintenance, including the cost of utilities and associated contracts for properties managed by the division of capital asset management and maintenance........................................................... $30,789,320

1102-3205         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 $11,052,428 in revenues collected from rentals, commissions, fees and any other sources pertaining to the operations of said facilities; 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 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........................ $11,052,428

1102-3233         For the division of capital asset management and maintenance for the certification of contractors and subcontractors........................................................................ $892,297 

Bureau of the State House.

1102-1128         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.................................................................................. $147,008

1102-3331         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; provided further, that funds shall be expended for full-time maintenance coverage of elevators at the state house; and provided further, that funds shall be expended for personnel necessary to provide management of physical security technology at the state house........................................................................ $4,172,189

1102-3400         For security operations at the bureau of the state house.................................... $250,000

 

Office on Disability.

1107-2400         For the Massachusetts office on disability...................................................... $1,088,326

DISABLED PERSONS PROTECTION COMMISSION.

1107-2501         For the operation of the disabled persons protection commission including, but not limited to, the costs of maintaining a computerized registry system of persons who have been substantiated for registrable abuse of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability; 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 submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 the number of: (i) substantiated claims; (ii) unsubstantiated claims; and (iii) false claims reported as a result of intentional and malicious action; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the commission shall issue a brief update to its fiscal year 2022 report detailing staffing changes and planned staffing changes from fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2023, and analyzing the effect of those changes on operational efficiency and caseload reduction; provided further, that the commission shall detail a 2-year hiring plan based on the appropriation provided in this item, and identify any remaining staffing needs within the agency necessary to reduce or eliminate backlogs with an estimate of the cost of those needs; provided further, that said update shall be provided to the house and senate committees on ways and means and to the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities; 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.......................................................................................... $10,492,880

 

Civil Service Commission.

1108-1011........ 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.............................. $843,762

 

Group Insurance Commission.

1108-5100         For the operation of the group insurance commission; provided, that on a monthly basis the commission shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy requirements; provided further, that the commission shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) any proposed plan changes accompanied by a detailed rationale for such changes; (ii) a detailed delineation of any estimated deficiencies or reversions in the current fiscal year, detailed by item; and (iii) a projection of any funding changes for the following fiscal year, detailed by item; provided further, that not later than September 28, 2022, the first such report shall be submitted; 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......................................................................... $4,738,587

1108-5200         For the commonwealth’s share of the group insurance premium and plan costs incurred in fiscal year 2023; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for elderly retired governmental employees and retired municipal teachers; provided further, 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 2023 and any unexpended balance in this item shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2023; 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 appropriations; 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 active and retired state employees shall be the same as the standards in effect on July 1, 2012; provided further, that not less than 90 days before any changes in coverage, benefits or the schedule of copayments and deductibles for plans offered by the group insurance commission, the commission shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; 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 not later than March 1, 2023, the commission shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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 2023; (iv) the number of members in high deductible health plans; (v) the premium reimbursement paid by each municipality per active enrollee by plan; (vi) the average employee premium contribution by plan for each municipality; (vii) estimates for the total premium per active enrollee by plan for each municipality; (viii) the average employee out-of-pocket expenditure and premium contribution by salary level of employees; (ix) a comparison of the total premium estimate with the sum total of municipality reimbursement and average employee premium contribution; (x) the total amount spent on pharmaceutical drugs; and (xi) the cost of the commonwealth’s projected share of premiums for the next fiscal year....... $1,921,206,747

1108-5201         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 $2,196,746 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 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 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................ $2,196,746

1108-5500         For the costs, notwithstanding chapter 32A of the General Laws, of dental and vision benefits for active state employees, not including employees of authorities or any other political subdivision, who are not otherwise provided those benefits under a separate item or by the terms of a contract or collective bargaining agreement; provided, that such employees shall pay 15 per cent of the monthly premiums established by the group insurance commission for the benefits......................................................... $10,260,304

 

Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

1110-1000         For the operation of the division of administrative law appeals; provided, that the division shall maintain, to the fullest extent practicable, a complete physical and technological separation from any agency, department, board, commission or program the decisions, determinations or actions of which may be appealed to it; and provided further, that a decision issued by a commissioner or other head of an agency or by such person’s designee following the issuance of a recommended decision by an administrative law judge shall be an agency decision subject to judicial review under chapter 30A of the General Laws............................................................................................... $1,636,359

1110-1002         For the division of administrative law appeals, which may expend not more than $70,000 in revenues from fees charged to appellants upon the filing of claims, for the operation of such services provided.................................................................................. $70,000

George Fingold Library.

 

1120-4005         For the administration of the George Fingold Library....................................... $1,221,354

Department of Revenue.

1201-0100         For the operation of the department of revenue, including tax collection administration, audits of certain foreign corporations and the division of local services; provided, that the department may allocate funds to the office of the attorney general for the tax prosecution unit; provided further, that the department may charge the expenses for computer services, including the costs of personnel and other support costs provided to the child support enforcement unit, from this item to item 1201-0160 consistent with the costs attributable to that unit; provided further, that the department shall provide the general court with access to the municipal data bank; 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 December 1 and ending not later than November 30; provided further, that seasonal positions funded by this item shall not be filled by an incumbent for more than 10 months within a 12-month period; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the department’s tax expenditure commission established in section 14 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended for the town of Stoneham for the purchase and operation of a municipal document management and information technology system; and provided further, that not less than $1,500,000 shall be expended to organizations providing tax assistance services to individuals and families qualifying for the volunteer income tax assistance program, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, for the provision of such services........................................................................... $89,967,556

1201-0122         For grants to qualified low-income taxpayer clinics established under section 13 of chapter 14 of the General Laws; provided, that not later than March 1, 2023, the department of revenue shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (i) number of grant applications; (ii) number of rejected applications; (iii) reasons for those rejections; (iv) estimated number of taxpayers served by each approved grant; (v) geographic location of the approved grant recipient clinic; and (vi) average size of approved grants...................................................................... $500,000

1201-0130         For the department of revenue, which may expend for the operation of the department not more than $27,938,953 from revenues collected by the additional auditors for an enhanced audit program; provided, that the auditors shall: (i) locate and identify persons who are delinquent either in the filing of a tax return or the payment of a tax due and payable to the commonwealth; (ii) obtain the delinquent returns; and (iii) collect the delinquent taxes; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system...................................................................................... $27,938,953

1201-0160         For the child support enforcement division; provided, that the department of revenue may allocate funds appropriated in this item to other state agencies for the performance of certain child support enforcement activities and those agencies may expend funds for the purposes of this item; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, all such allocations shall be reported to the house and senate committees on ways and means upon the allocation of the funds; provided further, that federal receipts associated with the child support computer network shall be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and deposited into a revolving account to be expended for the network; provided further, that federal receipts associated with child support enforcement grants shall be deposited into a revolving account to be drawn down at the highest possible rate of reimbursement and shall be expended for the grant authority; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the balance, year-to-date and projected receipts and year-to-date and projected expenditures, by subsidiary, of the child support trust fund established under section 9 of chapter 119A of the General Laws; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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 federal incentives and the network in items 1201-0165, 1201-0410 and 1201-0412................... $41,505,306

1201-0164         For the child support enforcement division, which may expend not more than $6,630,552 from the federal reimbursements awarded for personnel and lower subsidiary-related expenditures; 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 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................ $6,630,552

1201-0400         For the operation of the multi-agency illegal tobacco task force established under section 40 of chapter 64C of the General Laws.......................................................... $1,052,852

1201-0911         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 $294,030 or the amount certified by the secretary of administration and finance under section 156 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012.................................................. $294,030

1231-1000         For the Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Fund, established under section 2Z of chapter 29 of the General Laws................................................................................. $1,500,000

1232-0100         For underground storage tank reimbursements to parties that have remediated spills of petroleum products under chapter 21J of the General Laws; provided, that priority for payment of approved claims shall be given to claimants who own or formerly owned not more than 4 dispensing facilities.................................................................. $10,000,000

Underground Storage Tank Petroleum

Product Cleanup Fund.......................................... 100%

1232-0200         For the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board established under 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 not later than March 1, 2023, the board shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of the underground storage tank program including, but not limited to, the: (i) number of municipal grants made for the removal and replacement of underground storage tanks; (ii) reimbursements for remediated petroleum spills; (iii) number of backlog claims; (iv) average waiting period for claims granted in the past year; and (v) number of tanks not in compliance with said chapter 21J................................................ $2,869,490

Underground Storage Tank Petroleum

Product Cleanup Fund.......................................... 100%

1233-2000         For the tax abatement program for certain veterans, widows, blind persons and the elderly; provided, that cities and towns shall be reimbursed for the abatements granted under clauses Seventeenth, Twenty-second, Twenty-second A, Twenty-second B, Twenty-second C, Twenty-second D, Twenty-second E, Twenty-second F, 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 said clause 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 said clause 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.......................................................................................................... $24,038,075

1233-2350         For the distribution to cities and towns of the balance of the State Lottery and Gaming Fund under 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......... $1,231,197,474

General Fund.................................................... 91.98%

Gaming Local Aid Fund....................................... 8.02%

1233-2400         For reimbursements to cities and towns in lieu of taxes on state-owned land under sections 13 to 17, inclusive, of chapter 58 of the General Laws..................... $45,000,000

1233-2401         For reimbursements to qualifying cities and towns for additional educational costs under chapter 40S of the General Laws..................................................................... $750,000

Appellate Tax Board.

1310-1000         For the operation of the appellate tax board; provided, that the board shall schedule hearings in each county; and provided further, that not later than January 9, 2023, the board shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the number of hearings held at each location....................................................... $2,340,167

1310-1001         For the appellate tax board, which may expend not more than $400,000 in revenues from fees collected; 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 board may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system. $400,000

Department of Veterans’ Services.

1410-0010         For the operation of the department of veterans’ services; provided, that not less than $85,000 shall be expended for the NEADS Inc. service dogs for veterans program to train service dogs for veterans; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for Gloucester World War II Memorial Fund to distribute $10,000 each to VFW Post 1624, AMVETS Post 32 and the Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3 on Cape Ann; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Vietnam Veterans of America in Massachusetts to aid veterans filing claims for medical and financial benefits; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to American Legion Post 185 in the city known as the town of Agawam; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Westfield River Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Incorporated in the city of Westfield; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, Inc., for the operation of an empowerment center and to support the distribution of food to veterans in need in Barnstable county; and provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, Inc. for the operation of empowerment centers and to support the distribution of food to veterans in need........................................................................................................ $5,652,822

1410-0012         For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that said outreach centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam war era veterans who may have been exposed to agent orange and the families of such veterans; provided further, that said outreach centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001 and the families of those veterans; provided further, that the department of veterans' services shall make a payment of not less than the amount appropriated for each outreach center funded by this item in fiscal year 2022; provided further, that not later than March 31, 2023, the department shall submit a comprehensive report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing for each outreach center receiving funds under this item: (i) the number of veterans served annually; (ii) the cost and types of programs, including evidence-based or evidence-informed programs, offered to veterans; and (iii) a 5-year spending plan or outline that shall include a summary of the implementation or further development of evidence-based programs and program evaluation; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for clinical care, education and training in veterans’ mental and behavioral health issues, including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorder and suicide prevention administered by the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Grace Veterans Program at the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. toward the operation of the homeless veterans home in Dennis; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for women's supportive housing programs and services at the Montachusett Veterans' Outreach Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Veterans Alliance of Greater Haverhill, Inc. to provide services to veterans in Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Soldier On for the operation of the Fort Devens 12 bed homeless veterans program; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study for an affordable and transitional veterans’ housing project on Martha's Vineyard; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended as a grant to the Veterans' Association of Bristol County, Inc. to provide services and supports to veterans and their families; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for Veterans Oral History Project at the Morse Institute Library in the town of Natick; provided further, that funds may be made available to Quabbin Mediation, Inc. for support services and statewide veteran mediation training for veterans service officials; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts VFW Foundation, Inc. for accessibility improvements to Townsend Post 6538, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in the town of Townsend; and provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center in the town of Plymouth..................................................................................................... $9,519,222

1410-0015         For the women veterans’ outreach program...................................................... $626,490

1410-0018         For the department of veterans’ services, which may expend not more than $760,000 for the maintenance and operation of veterans’ cemeteries in the city known as the town of Agawam and the town of Winchendon from revenue collected from fees, grants, gifts and other contributions to the cemeteries; provided, that the funds appropriated in this item shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be made available for these purposes through June 30, 2024..................................................................................... $760,000

1410-0024         For the training and certification of veterans' benefits and services officers......... $372,418

1410-0075         For the train vets to treat vets program; provided, that the department of veterans’ services shall work in conjunction with the William James College, Inc. to administer a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans................ $275,000

1410-0250         For veterans’ homelessness services; provided, that the department of veterans’ services shall expend not less than the amount appropriated for each veterans’ homelessness service funded by this item in fiscal year 2022; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended to the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Inc. for veterans housing and homelessness prevention services, including a contract for services with the Cape Cod and Islands Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for maintenance and improvements to Cathy’s House in the town of Winchendon. $4,242,655

1410-0251         For the maintenance and operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans at the New England Center and Home for Veterans located in the city of Boston................................................................................................................... $3,500,000

1410-0400         For reimbursements to cities and towns for money expended for veterans’ benefits and for payments to certain veterans under section 6 of chapter 115 of the General Laws and for the payment of annuities to certain disabled veterans and the parents and un-remarried spouses of certain deceased veterans, including deceased veterans who were residents of the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, located in the city of Chelsea, and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke whose death occurred due to the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided, that annuity payments made under this item shall be made under sections 6A, 6B and 6C of said chapter 115; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amounts of veterans’ benefits paid by cities and towns to residents of a soldiers’ home, homeless shelter or transitional housing facility shall be paid by the commonwealth to said cities and towns; provided further, that under section 9 of said chapter 115, the department of veterans’ services shall reimburse cities and towns for the cost of United States flags placed on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall continue a training program for veterans’ agents and directors of veterans’ services in cities and towns; provided further, that the department shall provide such training in several locations across the commonwealth; provided further, that such training shall be provided annually and on an as-needed basis to veterans’ service organizations to provide information and education regarding the benefits available under said chapter 115 and all other benefits to which a veteran or a veteran’s dependents may be entitled; provided further, that any person applying for veterans’ benefits to pay for services available under chapter 118E of the General Laws shall also apply for medical assistance under said chapter 118E to minimize costs to the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans’ agents shall complete applications authorized by the executive office under said chapter 118E for a veteran, surviving spouse, or dependent applying for medical assistance under said chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall file the application for the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall act on all chapter 118E applications and advise the applicant and the veterans’ agent of the applicant’s eligibility for said chapter 118E healthcare; provided further, that the veterans’ agent shall advise the applicant of the right to assistance for medical benefits under said chapter 115 pending approval of the application for assistance under said chapter 118E by the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that the secretary of veterans’ services may supplement health care under said chapter 118E with health care coverage under said chapter 115 if the secretary determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to, or on behalf of, a veteran, surviving spouse or dependent under said chapter 115 shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility under said chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded under said section 6B of said chapter 115 shall be considered countable income....................................................................................... $68,209,878

1410-0630         For the administration of the veterans’ cemeteries in the city known as the town of Agawam and the town of Winchendon........................................................... $1,368,388

1410-1616         For war memorials; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the U.S.S. Massachusetts Memorial Committee, Incorporated for the maintenance and care of historic naval vessels; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Southbridge for the design and construction of a veterans war memorial; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the town of Andover for the restoration of the wheels on a World War I cannon; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the construction of a World War II veterans memorial in the town of Wilmington; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of Shirley to upgrade handicapped accessibility to the Shirley war memorial building; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the construction of a veterans war memorial in the town of Lynnfield; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the town of Andover to purchase and install memorial placards for Andover residents who were killed in action during the Vietnam War; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for maintenance services for the Korean War memorial located in the Charlestown Navy Yard; provided further, that not less than $65,000 shall be expended for the completion of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in North Andover; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Dedham to construct a memorial statue of former slave and Civil War Navy veteran William B. Gould; and provided further, that not less than $17,000 shall be expended for the city of Watertown to create a veterans memorial garden at the Commanders Mansion.. $692,000

 

Health Policy Commission.

1450-1200........ For the operation of the health policy commission; provided, that the commission shall provide all materials presented at any of its public meetings to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 15 days after the public meeting $10,883,276

Reserves.

1599-0026         For a reserve to support municipal improvements; provided, that not less than $3,000,000 shall be expended for the District Local Technical Assistance Fund established under 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 further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for sprinkler repairs at the Marlborough police station; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the installation of a sprinkler system at the Marlborough city hall; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for replacement of the garage doors at the Marlborough fire station; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the city of Malden for language access services, including but not limited to, translation of city documents and reports, development of language style guides for non-Romance languages and translation of priority city web pages; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for assistance with much needed structure replacements and improvements to ensure children's safety at Billerica elementary schools; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for capital projects and repair of the VFW Solomon Post 8819 in the town of Billerica; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for renovation and repairs of infrastructure for the Manchaug water district in the town of Sutton; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for designing and building a new municipal department of public works barn in Douglas; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purchase of a pickup truck for the Royalston fire department; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the digitization of municipal records in the town of Wellesley; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Montague for municipal building roof improvements; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Community Brotherhood of Lynn, Inc. for building restoration and upgrades; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for disability accessibility to municipally owned buildings in the city known as the town of West Springfield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Bellingham senior center to create an emergency management facility for the town and senior population; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of Blackstone to replace information technology servers and non-operational radios on three municipal water towers; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the purchase and installation of a full-size generator in the Abington senior center for use in weather-related emergencies as a temporary shelter and a cooling, warming and charging station in the town of Abington; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the purchase and installation of six traffic cameras on certain streets in the town of Saugus; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for improvements to the town hall and police station campus in the town of Mendon; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Andover Baptist Church for structural repairs and mold abatement as a result of damage incurred due to flooding during the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing shutdown; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the purchase of an emergency portable generator in the town of Sandwich to alleviate municipal building power outages and to maintain the town's information technology infrastructure; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the purchase of an emergency generator located at the department of public works in the town of Sandwich; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Freetown to conduct an updated feasibility study for the new town hall and to paint the Old School House; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for sidewalk installation and repairs on route 28 in the town of West Bridgewater; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study, conversion costs and general improvements related to the conversion of the Mansfield police station into a center for the council on aging in the town of Mansfield; provided further; that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the town of Stoneham for the purchase and operation of a road sweeping vehicle; provided further, that not less than $600,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for 1-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 $5,000,000 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 the executive office; provided further, that the grants shall be awarded to communities using the same methodology and criteria used in fiscal year 2022; provided further, that grant funds under this item shall only be provided to communities that submitted qualifying applications that were approved by the executive office of public safety and security in fiscal year 2022; provided further, that not more than 4 per cent of funds appropriated for the grant program shall be expended for the administrative costs of the program; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2023, each state entity administering grant funds through this item shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing grants awarded through this item and the criteria used for distribution; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for municipal center upgrades in the town of Grafton; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for sidewalk planning and design in the town of Wilmington; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Montague for upgrades to the water pollution control facility; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the town of Orange for demolition or repairs to unsafe buildings; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study to evaluate local transportation options in the town of Needham; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for public safety radio backup power generators in the town of Millis; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for upgrades to the high school field house lighting in the town of Wayland; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for geographic information system mapping enhancements in the town of Norfolk; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a new water pumping and treatment station to access a new water source in the town of Plainville; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Foxborough to assist in the creation of a pedestrian-friendly walkway within the business district to access outdoor dining and for improved parking on state highway route 140 and Central, Wall and Cocasset streets; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the department of public works in the town of Nahant for a parks utility vehicle............................................................................................... $20,675,600

1599-0093         For contract assistance to the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust including, but not limited to, the debt service obligations of the trust, principal forgiveness, interest rate reduction and other subsidies or financial assistance under sections 6 and 18 of chapter 29C of the General Laws....................................................................................... $63,383,680

1599-0105         For a reserve for costs associated with the expansion of the delivery of medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder at county correctional facilities under section 98 of chapter 208 of the acts of 2018; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the commissioner of public health, may transfer funds from this item to commonwealth agencies as defined under section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than 30 days before any such transfer is made, the secretary shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the amount to be given to each state agency, delineated by line item; and provided further, that not later than March 10, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the total number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment; (ii) the number of individuals requesting medically-assisted treatment who are not approved for treatment; (iii) the reason for said denial of treatment; and (iv) initiatives in place to expand and improve access to medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals with county correctional facilities ............................. $18,500,000

1599-0107         For a reserve to meet the expenses associated with the implementation of a pilot program at the department of correction and county correctional facilities to treat persons suffering from serious mental illness with clinically appropriate long acting injectable medications; provided, that not later than March 10, 2023, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the total number of individuals receiving treatment; (ii) the number of individuals requesting treatment who were not approved for said treatment; (iii) the reason for said denial of treatment; and (iv) initiatives in place to expand and improve access to medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals within county correctional facilities..................................................................................... $2,500,000

1599-1211         For a reserve to meet the expenses associated with the implementation of chapter 253 of the acts of 2020, including the shared administrative costs of the permanent commissions established in sections 72 to 75, inclusive, of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that the secretary of administration and finance may transfer funds from this item to state agencies as defined in section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws; and provided further, that the secretary shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on any such transfer.............................................................. $200,000

1599-1970         For a reserve for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to defray the costs of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, or its successor, incurred in fiscal year 2023 under section 138 of chapter 27 of the acts of 2009.................................... $125,000,000

Commonwealth Transportation Fund................ 100%

1599-1971         For projects to address ongoing safety concerns at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority related to the interim and final findings uncovered during the Federal Transit Administration’s Safety Management Inspection initiated in April 2022; provided, that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority shall work in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the department of public utilities in the planning and implementation of said projects funded through this item; provided further, that funds may be expended for hiring and retention; provided further, that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation shall issue monthly reports to the joint commitee on transportation and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the status of the department's progress toward responding to each finding and required action as issued by the Federal Transit Administration; and provided further, that these reports shall be delineated by special directive and include, but not be limited to: (i) the funds expended from this item and the related purpose for said spending; (ii) the completion date of each executed required action; (iii) the estimated completion date of each pending required action......................................... $266,290,000 

Commonwealth Transportation Fund.............. 21.98%

General Fund…………………………………….78.02%

1599-1977         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, as amended by chapter 129 of the acts of 2008, chapter 238 of the acts of 2012, chapter 287 of the acts of 2014 and chapter 219 of the acts of 2016; provided, that not later than January 31, 2023, the secretary of administration and finance shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the estimated contract assistance and other payments to be required under said chapter 293 of the acts of 2006, said chapter 219 of the acts of 2016, chapter 238 of the acts of 2012 and chapter 287 of the acts of 2014 for obligations existing not later than July 1, 2022, in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, and an estimate of anticipated contract assistance and other payments arising out of potential agreements reasonably expected to be entered into after July 1, 2022, in fiscal years 2024 and 2025........................................................................................... $13,000,000

1599-2003         For the Uniform Law Commission; provided, that prior fiscal year payments may be payable from this item....................................................................................... $50,000

1599-3234         For the South Essex sewerage district debt service assessment.......................... $33,914

1599-3384         For a reserve for the payment on behalf of a state agency as defined under section 1 of chapter 29 of the General Laws under regulations promulgated by the comptroller, of certain court judgments, settlements and legal fees that were ordered to be paid in the current fiscal year or a prior fiscal year; provided, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay attorneys’ fees to outside counsel representing a state agency, including a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, in litigation before a court until the office of the attorney general has reviewed and provided written approval for the outside counsel's bills, which may be reviewed in redacted form if warranted because of a conflict of interest; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay attorneys’ fees for outside counsel representing a state agency in such litigation that exceeds a cumulative amount of $250,000 until the secretary of administration and finance or a designee has reviewed and provided written approval for such attorneys’ fees for outside counsel; provided further, that before a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth may seek reimbursement from this item, that individual shall obtain written approval from the office of the attorney general in a form to be approved by the office of the comptroller; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay a settlement of litigation before a court on behalf of a state agency that is not within an executive office identified under section 2 of chapter 6A of the General Laws, including any state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, until the office of the attorney general has reviewed and provided written approval for such a settlement; provided further, that the office of the comptroller shall not pay a settlement of litigation before a court that exceeds $250,000 on behalf of a state agency that is not within an executive office identified under said section 2 of said chapter 6A, including a state official or employee who is sued for actions undertaken within that individual’s scope of employment for the commonwealth, until the secretary of administration and finance or a designee has reviewed and provided written approval for such a settlement; provided further, that the office of the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the 5-year historical expenditure average as certified by the secretary of administration and finance or the current appropriation, whichever is greater; provided further, that the comptroller shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the amounts expended from this item, delineated by item; and provided further, that upon written notification to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means, uncommitted and unobligated funds from this item may be transferred to item 0612-0105 upon the request of the state treasurer........................................ $10,000,000

1599-3856         For rent and associated costs at the Massachusetts information technology center in the city of Chelsea................................................................................................ $500,000

1599-4417         For the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston............................................................................................................ $250,000

1599-6903         For the fiscal year 2023 costs of rate implementations under chapter 257 of the acts of 2008; provided, that rate implementations under said chapter 257 may include, but shall not be limited to, costs associated with any court order or settlement between providers of services and the commonwealth related to the rate implementation process; provided further, that preference in distributing funds from this item shall be given to personnel earning wages less than $20 per hour; provided further, that home care workers shall be eligible for funding from this item; provided further, that workers from shelters and programs that serve homeless individuals and families that were previously contracted through the department of transitional assistance and the department of public health who are currently contracted with the department of housing and community development and direct care workers that serve homeless veterans through the department of veterans' services shall be eligible for funding from this item; provided further, that no funds from this item shall be allocated to special education programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws, contracts for early education and care services or programs for which payment rates are negotiated and paid as class rates as established by the executive office of health and human services; provided further, that no funds shall be allocated from this item to contracts funded exclusively by federal grants as delineated in section 2D of this act; provided further, that the secretary of administration and finance may transfer from the sum appropriated in this item to other items of appropriation and allocations thereof for fiscal year 2023, amounts that are necessary to meet these costs where the amounts otherwise available are insufficient for the purpose of rate implementations; provided further, that the executive office for administration and finance shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on transfers made from this item; provided further, that the report shall identify, by line item and service class, all transfers made from this item as of the date of the report and all transfers expected to be made before the end of the fiscal year; provided further, that not later than January 30, 2023, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of rates under chapter 257 of the acts of 2008 including, the: (i) state costs for rates promulgated as of July 1, 2022, by regulation, department and program; (ii) state costs for rates promulgated as of January 1, 2023, by regulation, department and program; (iii) per cent of increase in state funding for rates to be reviewed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, by regulation, department and program; and (iv) fiscal impact for increases in state funding versus prior fiscal year actual costs for rates to be reviewed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023, by regulation, department and program; provided further, that contracts between providers and the departments within the executive office of health and human services and the executive office of elder affairs shall require providers to report on the impact of the rate implementations on employee salaries, employee- related costs and operations; provided further, that not later than March 30, 2023, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of ongoing and proposed initiatives that increase the hourly wages and compensation of the direct care human service workforce; provided further, that this report shall include: (a) average uniform financial report provider data on employee tax and fringe benefit information of the preceding 2 state fiscal years, as validated with information from the uniform financial report or a method determined by the executive office; (b) median salary and compensation information of the preceding 2 state fiscal years classified by direct care and front-line staff, medical and clinical staff and management staff, as validated with information from the uniform financial report or a method determined by the executive office; (c) a comparison of the median salary for each classification of staff position with the fiftieth percentile wage estimate for that position as determined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for the commonwealth using the available data for that rate review; and (d) the average employee vacancy rates of direct care and front-line staff of the preceding two state fiscal years and the current fiscal year from the date of new rate implementations; provided further, that not later than March 3, 2023, the executive office health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means a comparison of the median salary for each classification of staff position with the seventy-fifth percentile wage estimate for that position as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Massachusetts in the most recent available data; provided further, that not later than December 30, 2022, the executive office of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means the methodology used to develop service rates for home health aides, personal care aides and homemakers; and provided further, that any human service provider receiving revenue under said chapter 257 shall use not less than 75 per cent of received funds for compensation for their direct care, front-line and medical and clinical staff, which may include, but shall not be limited to, hourly rate increases, wraparound benefits, shift differentials, overtime, hiring and retention bonuses or recruitment, as defined by the executive office......................................................................................... $230,000,000

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

1599-7106         For the Warren Conference Center and Inn to support academic and professional training opportunities in the fields of hospitality and tourism management.................... $1,500,000

1599-7114         For a reserve for the costs associated with the UMass Center at Springfield....... $250,000

1599-8909         For a reserve to meet the election administration costs of the secretary of the commonwealth; provided, that funds may be expended for reimbursements to cities and towns for costs certified by the state auditor................................................... $8,000,000

 

Human Resources Division.

1750-0100         For the operation of the human resources division and the costs of administration, training and customer support related to the commonwealth’s human resources and compensation management system and the human resource modernization initiative; provided, that any employee of the commonwealth who chooses to participate in a bone marrow donor program shall be granted a leave of absence without loss or reduction in pay to undergo the medical procedure and for associated physical recovery time, but such leave shall not exceed 5 days; provided further, that notwithstanding clause (n) of section 5 of chapter 31 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of administration and finance shall charge a fee of not less than $50 to be collected from each applicant for a civil service examination; provided further, that the division shall administer a program of state employee unemployment management including, but not limited to, agency training and assistance; provided further, that funds may be expended to revalidate civil service exams, including police and fire medical standards; provided further, that the division shall be responsible for the administration of examinations for state and municipal civil service titles, establishment of eligible lists, certification of eligible candidates to state and municipal appointing authorities and technical assistance in selection and appointment to state and municipal appointing authorities; and provided further, that the division shall administer the statewide classification system including, but not limited to, maintaining a classification pay plan for civil service titles in accordance with generally accepted compensation standards and reviewing appeals for reclassification..................................... $12,131,312

1750-0103         For the operation of the training and career ladder program............................... $780,000

1750-0104         For the human resources division, which may expend for the administration of the civil service examination program, examinations for non-civil service positions and implementation of the medical and physical fitness standards program............ $4,611,299

1750-0119         For payment of workers’ compensation benefits to certain former employees of Middlesex and Worcester counties and the Hampshire council of government; provided, that the human resources division shall routinely recertify the former employees under current workers’ compensation procedures......................................................... $54,666

1750-0300         For the commonwealth’s contributions in fiscal year 2023 to health and welfare funds established under certain collective bargaining agreements; provided, that the contributions shall be calculated as provided under the applicable collective bargaining agreements and shall be paid to the health and welfare trust funds on a monthly basis or on such other basis as the applicable collective bargaining agreement shall provide $33,651,721

1750-0928         For the cost to lease or rent space to administer the civil service physical abilities tests and to revalidate civil service exams, including police and fire medical standards $759,264

Operational Services Division.

1775-0115         For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $13,865,491 in revenues collected from the statewide contract administrative fee to procure, manage and administer statewide contracts; 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 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....................................................................................................... $13,865,491

1775-0124         For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $113,722 from revenues collected in the recovery of cost reimbursement and non-reimbursable overbilling and recoupment for health and human service agencies and as a result of administrative reviews as determined during the division’s audits and reviews of providers under section 22N of chapter 7 of the General Laws; provided, that the division may only retain revenues collected in excess of $100,000; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................. $113,722

1775-0600         For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $455,886 in revenues collected from the sale of state surplus personal property and the disposal of surplus motor vehicles including, but not limited to, state police vehicles from vehicle accident and damage claims and from manufacturer warranties, rebates and settlements for the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of surplus property and the purchase of motor vehicles; 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 division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system, including the costs of personnel....................................................................................................... $455,886

1775-0700         For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $150,000 in revenues collected in addition to the amount authorized in item 1775-1000 of section 2B for printing, photocopying, related graphic art or design work and other reprographic goods and services provided to the general public, including all necessary or incidental expenses; 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 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................... $150,000

1775-0900         For the operational services division, which may expend not more than $22,000 in revenues collected under chapter 449 of the acts of 1984 and section 4L of chapter 7 of the General Laws, including the costs of personnel, from the sale of federal surplus property, including the payment, expenses and liabilities for the acquisition, warehousing, allocation and distribution of federal surplus property; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system........................................................................... $22,000

Supplier Diversity Office.

1780-0100         For the operation and administration of the supplier diversity office; provided, that the office shall provide training and other services to diverse businesses, as defined in section 58 of chapter 7 of the General Laws, certified by the office that allow those businesses to better compete for state contracts and ensure that equitable practices and policies in the public marketplace are maintained; provided further, that the office shall administer an electronic business certification application which shall be accessible to business applicants through the internet; provided further, that the office shall ensure the integrity and security of personal and financial information transmitted by electronic application; and provided further, that the office shall, using all existing available resources, provide certification services to all supplier diversity office qualified applicants within or outside of the commonwealth, as applicable..................................... $3,881,512

EXECUTIVE OFFICE oF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND SECURITY.

1790-0100         For the operation of the executive office of technology services and security; provided, that the executive office shall continue a chargeback system for its information technology services; provided further, that the state comptroller shall establish accounts and procedures as the comptroller deems appropriate and necessary to assist in accomplishing the purposes of this item; provided further, that the executive office may establish rules and procedures necessary to implement this item; provided further, that the chief information officer shall review and approve any planned information technology development project or purchase by any agency under the authority of the governor for which the total projected cost exceeds $200,000, including the cost of any related hardware, software or consulting fees and regardless of fiscal year or source of funds, before the agency may obligate funds for the project or purchase; provided further, that not later than June 30, 2023, the secretary of technology services and security shall submit to the state auditor, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on state administration and regulatory oversight a complete accounting of and justification for all project-related expenditures totaling $250,000 or more over the previous 12-month period; and provided further, that not later than February 15, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the secretary of administration and finance, the state auditor and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) financial statements detailing savings and, where applicable, additional expenses realized from the consolidation of information technology services within each executive office and other initiatives; (ii) efforts being taken to ensure the compatibility and interoperability of agency systems and to consolidate relevant data between agencies (iii) the number of personnel assigned to information technology services within each executive office; (iv) efficiencies that have been achieved from the sharing of resources; (v) the status of the centralization of the commonwealth's information technology staffing, infrastructure and network and cloud hosting; (vi) the status of the commonwealth's cybersecurity; and (vii) strategies and initiatives to further improve the: (a) efficiency and security of the commonwealth's information technology; and (b) transparency of the executive office of technology services and security with the general court, other executive branch agencies and the general public.............................................................................................. $3,204,514

1790-0300         For the executive office of technology services and security, which may expend not more than $2,733,931 in revenues collected from the provision of computer resources and services to the general public for the costs of the bureau of computer services, including the purchase, lease or rental of telecommunications lines, services and equipment; 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 executive 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................ $2,733,931

1790-1700         For core technology services and security, including those previously funded through item 1790-0200.......................................................................................... $62,876,526

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS.

Office of the Secretary.

2000-0100         For the operation of the office of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, including the water resources commission, the hazardous waste facility site safety council, the coastal zone management program and environmental impact reviews conducted under chapter 30 of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for polyfluoroalkyl substances remediation costs in the town of Sharon; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to the town of Hopedale for conducting a dredge study of the Hopedale pond to restore its ecological, environmental and recreational value; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Sutton for polyfluoroalkyl substance removal; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to address infiltration and inflow issues within the municipal wastewater system in the town of Rockport; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for green infrastructure and climate resiliency projects in the town of Essex; provided further, that not less than $35,000 shall be expended for green infrastructure projects and the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the town of North Andover; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended to the town of Sandwich for storm response equipment; provided further, that not less than $650,000 shall be expended for implementing the low-income services solar program pursuant to section 2LLLLL of chapter 29 of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study of combined wastewater treatment for the city of Gloucester and the towns of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport and Essex; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for OARS, Inc. to operate a water quality monitoring program in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the development of a plan for invasive weed mitigation of Lake Sabbatia in the city of Taunton; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for identification of the number of households that receive drinking water from a private well and may require testing for polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS, and to cover the costs of testing and remediation on properties that would otherwise not qualify for funding under existing PFAS programs in the town of Princeton; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for water tank improvement and other related costs in the town of Weston; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the town of Sudbury to fund an environmental sustainability director position for one year; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. for the purpose of expanding current climate-resilience initiatives in the city of Lawrence, specifically through energy efficiency including planting additional trees in urban areas, weatherization outreach and education and providing climate education to help reduce gas emissions and improve air quality in the city; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the cost of any and all products, equipment and labor associated with the eradication of the arbovirus, encephalitis, west nile virus and the zika virus in Bristol and Plymouth counties and each county shall receive not less than $50,000 respectively; and provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for a coastal water quality and natural resource monitoring program in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound administered by the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc. ...................................................................................... $16,555,779

2000-0101         For the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to coordinate and implement strategies for climate change adaptation and preparedness including, but not limited to: (i) the resiliency of the commonwealth's transportation, energy and public health infrastructures; (ii) built environments; (iii) municipal assistance; (iv) improved data collection and analysis; (v) enhanced planning; and (vi) improved resiliency through the strengthening and revitalization of natural resources, including marshes and other wetlands; provided, that the executive office may enter into interagency service agreements to facilitate and accomplish these efforts; provided further, that not later than February 3, 2023, the executive office of energy and environmental affairs shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the commonwealth’s multi-year plan for developing a climate change resiliency plan and response strategy; (b) plans to support local partners in climate change adaptation and resiliency; (c) an analysis of the differing effects of climate change in different geographic, ecological, and coastal regions of the state, including urban, suburban and rural homes; (d) a review of the environmental justice impacts of climate change on communities of color; and (e) a detailed breakdown of all expenditures made under this item; provided further, that not later than December 30, 2022, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means, the house and senate committees on global warming and climate change, the joint committee on transportation and the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy that shall include the status of its efforts to enhance port infrastructure for the development of offshore wind; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the town of Duxbury for infrastructure improvements; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the town of Hingham to establish a new regional sustainability officer position with the town of Cohasset to guide a regional approach to sustainability and to assist each town in coordinating its own efforts to achieve its climate goals, ensure best practices and facilitate joint initiatives within the region; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the town of Winchester for the purchase and operation of a snow removal vehicle; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Rockport for coastal resilience planning and mitigation.................................................................. $5,425,000

2000-0102         For the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to implement an environmental justice strategy and promote and secure environmental justice; provided, that funds shall be expended on language translation services to ensure adequate access during public comment periods; provided further, that funds shall be expended on mapping technology to overlay environmental and public health data; and provided further, that not later than February 3, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of full-time equivalent positions assigned to the executive office’s environmental justice staff; (ii) the responsibilities held by the executive office’s environmental justice staff; and (iii) the status of environmental justice policies, strategies and initiatives being pursued for both the current and coming fiscal years........ $1,333,014

2000-1011         For the office of environmental law enforcement, which may expend not more than $40,000 from the administrative handling charge revenues received from electronic transactions processed through its online licensing and registration systems; 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 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.............................. $40,000

2000-1700         For the operation of information technology services within the executive office of energy and environmental affairs............................................................................ $17,477,265

2030-1000         For the operation of the office of environmental law enforcement; provided, that environmental police officers shall provide monitoring under the National Shellfish Sanitation Program; and provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the payroll costs of officers performing directed patrols on property managed by the department of conservation and recreation................................................... $14,156,675

2030-1004         For environmental police private details; provided, that the office of environmental law enforcement may expend not more than $530,000 from revenues collected from the fees charged for private details; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the 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.......................................................................................... $530,000

Department of Public Utilities.

The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 5132.

2100-0012         For the operation of the department of public utilities; provided, that notwithstanding the second sentence of the first paragraph of section 18 of chapter 25 of the General Laws, the assessments levied for fiscal year 2023 under said first paragraph of said section 18 of said chapter 25 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Westford Community Access Television, Incorporated for production and programming in the town of Westford................................................................................................ $18,390,600 18,365,600

2100-0013         For the operation of the transportation oversight division................................... $356,384

2100-0016         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 2023 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item......................................................................................................... $409,837

2100-0017         For the operation of the division of transportation network companies; provided, that the amount assessed under section 23 of chapter 25 of the General Laws shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item................................................ $1,917,570

Department of Environmental Protection.

2200-0100         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. 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 in section 18 of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the continued implementation of the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Take-Back program that funds the collection and proper disposal of aqueous film-forming foam stored by municipal fire departments and other public safety partners; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to the metropolitan area planning council for efforts to promote drinking water sustainability and aquifer protection in the Ipswich river watershed; and provided further, that not later than February 3, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) the status of hiring of additional staff; (ii) the staffing levels of the department for the last 10 fiscal years; (iii) the number of enforcement actions for serious violations and fine collections compared to the previous 10 fiscal years; and (iv) recommendations for the additional resources needed to fulfill the department’s enforcement responsibilities.............................................. $45,400,000

2200-0102         For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $650,150 in revenues 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

The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 5132.

 

The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2200-0107         For technical assistance, grants and support of efforts consistent with the Massachusetts Recycling and Solid Waste Master Plan and the Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan; provided, that funds may be expended for a recycling industries reimbursement program under section 241 of chapter 43 of the acts of 1997; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the department of environmental protection to develop and administer a pilot program for the recycling of child passenger restraints; provided further, that the department may partner or contract with private organizations or political subdivisions of the commonwealth to assist in the development or establishment of the pilot program; and provided further, that not later than June 30, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on environment, natural resources and agriculture on data concerning the success of the pilot program including, but not limited to: (i) usage rates; (ii) the number of child passenger restraints recycled; and (iii) available demographic and equity data about the individuals utilizing the program................................................. $699,997

2200-0109         For the department of environmental protection for the sole purpose of ensuring sufficient staff for timely permit decisions and compliance assurance............................. $2,500,000

2200-0112         For the department of environmental protection, which may expend not more than $2,500,000 in revenues collected from permit and compliance fees for the sole purpose of ensuring sufficient staff for timely permit decisions and compliance assurance; provided, that if this item is eliminated or reduced in fiscal year 2023 or operational funding for the department falls below the level authorized in the general appropriations act for fiscal year 2015, excluding appropriations for earmarks and nonrecurring operating costs, the fee increase supporting this item shall terminate; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system................ $2,500,000

2210-0106         For the department of environmental protection, which may expend for the administration and implementation of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act, under chapter 21I of the General Laws, not more than $2,886,472 in revenues collected from fees, penalties, grants and tuition under said chapter 21I; provided, that not later than February 1, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the status of the department’s progress in meeting the statutory and regulatory deadlines associated with said chapter 21I and detailing the number of full-time equivalent positions assigned to various implementation requirements of said chapter 21I; provided further, that not less than $1,629,860 from this item shall be made available for the operation of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; provided further, that the department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the University of Massachusetts to make such funding available for this purpose; provided further, that not less than $644,096 from this item shall be made available for toxics use reduction technical assistance and technology under said chapter 21I; provided further, that the department shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the executive office of energy and environmental affairs to make such funding available for this purpose; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system $2,886,472

2220-2220         For the administration and implementation of the Clean Air Act under 42 U.S.C. 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 Regional Climate Change Action Plan for reducing acid rain deposition and mercury emissions..... $935,573

2220-2221         For the administration and implementation of the operating permit and compliance program required under the Clean Air Act under 42 U.S.C. section 7401 et seq. $1,722,798

2250-2000         For the administration and implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 under section 18A of chapter 21A of the General Laws; provided, that the department of environmental protection may expend funds for the study and remediation of lead in public school drinking water.......................................................................... $2,356,836

2260-8870         For the expenses of the hazardous waste cleanup and underground storage tank programs including, but not limited to, monitoring unlined landfills, notwithstanding section 4 of chapter 21J of the General Laws; provided, that the department of environmental protection shall provide the department of revenue with information necessary for the completion of the report required in item 1232-0200 including, but not limited to, the number of tanks out of compliance with said chapter 21J......... $15,715,694

2260-8872         For the brownfields site audit program; provided, that not less than $60,720 shall be expended for the town of Monson for soil testing on town lot 293 for future town use $1,438,509

2260-8881         For the operation of the board of registration of hazardous waste site cleanup professionals, notwithstanding section 19A of chapter 21A of the General Laws.. $423,568

Department of Fish and Game.

2300-0100         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; and provided further, that the amount and contribution from each division or program shall be determined by the commissioner; provided further, that the George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game Fund shall be reimbursed annually from the General Fund for all lost revenue attributed to the issuance of discounted or free hunting and fishing licenses........................................... $1,159,379

2300-0101         For the division of ecological restoration and the riverways program and for the promotion of public access to rivers and wetland restoration, including grants to public and nonpublic entities; provided, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended as a grant to the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District to support the management of the Assawompset pond complex and contributing watersheds within the region including, but not be limited to, the management and eradication of invasive weeds in Long pond and other flood management efforts; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, Inc. for the implementation of its environmental preservation programs............................ $4,300,000

The Governor reduced the following item and disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 5132.

2310-0200         For the administration of the division of fisheries and wildlife, including expenses of the fisheries and wildlife board, the administration of game farms and wildlife restoration projects, wildlife research and management, the administration of fish hatcheries, the improvement and management of lakes, ponds and rivers, fish and wildlife restoration projects, the commonwealth’s share of certain cooperative fisheries and wildlife programs and for certain programs reimbursable under the Aid to Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act; provided, that the division may expend the amount necessary to restore anadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems; provided further, that no funds shall be spent on the restoration of catadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems unless considered necessary by the division; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for New England Wildlife Center, Inc. in the city known as the town of Weymouth for the costs associated with the care, treatment and maintenance of wildlife; and provided further, that no funds shall be spent on restoration of catadromous fish in the Connecticut and Merrimack river systems unless considered necessary by the division........................................................... $16,111,887 16,011,887

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game

Fund................................................................... 100%

2310-0300         For the operation of the natural heritage and endangered species program; provided, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Fishing Academy, Inc. of Boston..................................................................................... ………………$1,025,000

2310-0306         For the hunter safety training program.............................................................. $527,367

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game

Fund................................................................... 100%

2310-0316         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 under sections 2A and 2C of chapter 131 of the General Laws. …………………$1,500,000

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game

Fund................................................................... 100%

2310-0317         For the waterfowl management program established in section 11 of chapter 131 of the General Laws................................................................................................... $65,000

George L. Darey Inland Fisheries and Game

Fund................................................................... 100%

2320-0100         For the administration of the office of fishing and boating access, including the maintenance, operation and improvement of public access land and water areas; provided, that positions funded by this item shall not be subject to chapter 31 of the General Laws................................................................................................. $761,484

2330-0100         For the operation of the division of marine fisheries; provided, that the division may expend funds for the Annisquam river marine research laboratory, marine research programs, a commercial fisheries program, a shellfish management program, including coastal area classification, mapping and technical assistance, the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant and a shellfish classification program; provided further, that funds shall be expended on a recreational fisheries program to be reimbursed by federal funds; provided further, that the division shall continue to develop strategies to improve federal regulations governing the commercial fishing industry and to promote sustainable fisheries; provided further, that the department shall expend an amount not less than the amount expended in the prior fiscal year for the operation of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant; provided further, that the division shall offer wet storage and de-sanding services at the Newburyport shellfish purification plant as laid out in the report dated March 1, 2012; provided further, that for functions not being performed by the plant prior to July 1, 2012, the division may solicit competitive proposals for the utilization of excess processing capacity at the Newburyport shellfish purification plant, which may include proposals to offer wet storage and de-sanding services at the plant as described in the shellfish purification plant management plan dated March 1, 2012; provided further, that the division shall be under no obligation to consider or implement any proposal that the division determines would displace, impede or otherwise hinder the existing functions of the plant; provided further, that the division may enter into contracts based on proposals received; provided further, that not less than 60 days before entering into contracts, the division shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for the Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. to conduct a study identifying research and development objectives and funding mechanisms to enhance Massachusetts seafood industry resilience; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for great white shark tags, transmitters and receivers; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for sediment removal in the upper Nemasket river from Assawompset pond to Wareham street, including the Assawompset pond dam; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for shellfish propagation in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties to be administered jointly by the director of marine fisheries and the aforementioned counties; provided further, that not less than $195,000 shall be expended for Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Inc. for the development of a rapid test for the detection of harmful algal blooms; provided further, that not less than $550,000 shall be expended for a program of collaborative research by the division of marine fisheries through the Marine Fisheries Institute, in collaboration with the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, that applies innovative technology to assess the biomass of fish in the region managed by the New England Fishery Management Council; provided further, that funds shall be expended for a program of collaborative research by the division of marine fisheries through the Marine Fisheries Institute, in collaboration with the School for Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, that applies innovative technology to assess the biomass of fish in the region managed by the New England Fishery Management Council; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a grant program to assist commercial lobster industry participants in the commonwealth with the costs equipment associated with the protection of the Northern Right Whale; provided further, that such equipment shall include, but not be limited to, lines, buoys, breakaway links and the rigging of such equipment; provided further, that no individual commercial lobster fishing permit holder shall receive a grant in excess of $5,000; provided further, that grants shall be distributed in a geographically equitable manner; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, Inc. to conduct a study of winter flounder spawning and activity in and around the commonwealth's ports and harbors; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for marsh restoration and revitalization including, but not limited to: (i) a green crab trapping program for applied research and product development; (ii) high resolution drone mapping of the great marsh deterioration; (iii) the continuation of microplastic and macroplastics sampling; and (iv) academic study and processing for water column, beach environment, marsh peat and eel grass; and provided further, that not less than $80,000 shall be expended to the Center for Coastal Studies, Inc. to aid in the investigation of the behavior of gray seals and white sharks in nearshore waters $9,523,813

2330-0120         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..... ……………$901,879

2330-0121         For the division of marine fisheries to utilize reimbursable federal sportfish restoration funds to further develop marine recreational fishing and related programs, including the costs of activities that increase public access for marine recreational fishing, support research on artificial reefs and otherwise provide for the development of marine recreational fishing; provided, that the division 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................. $217,989

2330-0150         For the operation and maintenance of the Newburyport shellfish purification plant, which may expend not more than $75,000 from revenues collected from fees generated by operations; provided, that not later than January 13, 2023, the division of marine fisheries shall submit a report detailing the revenues collected and expended and the shellfish volume increase realized from the implementation of wet storage and de-sanding 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; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division of marine fisheries 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... $75,000

2330-0199         For conducting surveys to monitor and forecast the number of commercially important invertebrate species in commonwealth waters, including ventless lobster traps 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 in revenues collected from fees generated by the sale of lobster permits; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the division may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system............................. $250,000

2330-0300         For the administration and operation of the recreational saltwater fishing permit program under section 17C of chapter 130 of the General Laws................................... $1,854,417

Marine Recreational Fisheries Development

Fund................................................................... 100%

Department of Agricultural Resources.

2511-0100         For the operation of the department of agricultural resources, including the division of administration, the integrated pest management program, the board of agriculture, the division of agricultural markets, the division of animal health, the division of agricultural conservation and technical assistance, the division of crop and pest services, including a program of laboratory services at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the expenses of the pesticide board and agency costs associated with the administration of other boards, commissions and committees chaired by the department; provided, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, LLC; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program established in section 65 of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the apiary inspection program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Invasive Insects Program; provided further, that not less than $120,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, LLC; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program established in section 65 of chapter 23A of the General Laws; provided further, that not less than $175,000 shall be expended for the apiary inspection program; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Invasive Insects Program; provided further, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended to enhance the Buy Local effort in western, central, northeastern and southeastern Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $620,570 shall be expended for the University of Massachusetts center for agriculture, food and the environment; provided further, that any buy local effort included in this item shall include locally-harvested seafood including, but not limited to, fish and shellfish; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be allocated for a grant program to be administered by the department in consultation with the Massachusetts food policy council to support local food policy councils; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund; and provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for Grow Food Northampton, Inc. for reducing the cost of farmland access to farmers of color and others and for costs associated with the redesign of a parcel of farmland to enhance climate resilience; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Greenagers, Inc. teen and young adult environmental programming; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Eastie Farm, Inc. to provide food access, climate adaptation, stormwater management, groundwater conservation and youth education; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the University of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Land’s Sake, Inc. in the town of Weston to support infrastructure and capital improvements to support the sale and donation of fresh produce; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for World Farmers in the town of Lancaster for on-farm improvements............................................................................................ $10,587,530

2511-0103         For the costs associated with agricultural oversight of hemp and cannabis.......... $979,766

................................... Marijuana Regulation Fund................................... 100%

2511-0105         For the purchase of supplemental foods for the emergency food assistance program within the Feeding America nationally-certified food bank system; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall reflect the Feeding America allocation formula in order to benefit the commonwealth’s 4 regional food banks; provided further, that the department of agricultural resources may assess an administrative charge not to exceed 2 per cent of the total appropriation in this item; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended to the commonwealth’s 4 regional food banks for operating funds to distribute food for the Massachusetts emergency food assistance program; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended to the Women's Lunch Place, Inc. to provide nutritious food and individualized services for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty; and provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Manna Soup Kitchen, Inc. to combat food insecurity and expand support service for vulnerable populations................................................................ $30,575,000

2511-0107         For the advancement of community food security and the protection of public access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food; provided, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended to the Billerica Community Pantry Incorporated in the town of Billerica; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Medway Community Farm, Inc. in the town of Medway; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to A Place to Turn Food Pantry in the town of Natick for improvements and upgrades to the food pantry facilities; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Easton Food Pantry, Inc. in the town of Easton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Sustainable CAPE – Center for Agricultural Preservation & Education for a local food access, education and affordability program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Margaret Fuller House, Incorporated in the city of Cambridge for its food pantry and services; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Food for Free in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for Hebron Food Pantry, Inc. in the city of Attleboro for the purchase of a refrigerated vehicle to transport food to individuals and organizations throughout the Greater Attleboro regional food security hub; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the food pantry run by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul located behind Saint Joseph Church in the town of Lincoln; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Pettengill House, Inc., in the town of Salisbury and the city of Amesbury, toward services to meet the needs of vulnerable, at-risk individuals and families in the towns of Salisbury and Merrimac and the cities of Amesbury and Newburyport; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the Scituate Food Pantry, Inc. in the town of Scituate; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Weymouth Food Pantry in the city known as the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Rachel’s Table in the city of Springfield to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be provided to Lovin' Spoonfuls, Inc. in the city of Boston to support food rescue and hunger relief operations in the counties of Hampden and Worcester; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Open Door food pantry to serve communities in the North Shore region of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for Grow Food Northampton, Inc. to combat food insecurity for children, families, seniors, the disabled and other vulnerable populations recovering from pandemic-related economic, medical and other stressors; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Rice Sticks and Tea food pantry in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Coastal Foodshed initiative in the greater New Bedford region to promote and grow the local food access economy and distribution channels for locally grown food; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc. in the city of Leominster for the purposes of expanding operations of the food pantry services; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Franklin Food Pantry, Incorporated building project; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the operation of the Food for Free Committee, Inc.'s Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the operation of the city of Revere’s food systems hub; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Harvest on Vine Food Pantry in the Charlestown section of the city of Boston for the coordination of essential food services in Charlestown; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Food for the World, Inc., otherwise known as Ministerio los Milagros de Jesus, Inc., in the city of Lawrence, for the purpose of alleviating hunger and malnutrition for low-income and moderate-income families and unhoused and elderly residents through the organization's Feeding the Hungry project and 2019 novel coronavirus emergency food delivery program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. for the purpose of developing a regional food security strategic action plan that will strengthen the organization's multi-sector approach to the challenge of food insecurity, specifically in the cities of Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill and the towns of Andover and North Andover; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Rose's Bounty Food Pantry to help fulfill food insecurity needs for southwest Boston residents; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for emergency assistance, food insecurity and program support at the Hilton senior center in the town of Salisbury; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Outdoor Water Bottle Filling Station Initiative in the town of Arlington; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Medford Food Policy Council for operational efficiency; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. for the rehabilitation and expansion of the food center facility; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Needham Community Council food pantry; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for food insecurity and nutrition programs at the Chelmsford senior center; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item of appropriation; and provided further, that funds shall be expended fully and on a schedule consistent with the provisions of section 9B of chapter 29 of the General Laws $1,495,000

2511-3002         For the integrated pest management program.................................................... $74,340

Department of Conservation and Recreation.

2800-0100         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; and provided further, that funds may be expended for the operation of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor visitor center in the city of Worcester.................................................................................................................. $ 5,461,847

2800-0101         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 not less than $25,000 shall be expended for projects and upgrades made through the Blackstone River Watershed Association of Massachusetts; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Charles River Watershed Association to engage with Allston-Brighton residents in understanding and reviewing the climate resilience implications of planned development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods; provided further, that the department shall continue to make payments under chapter 616 of the acts of 1957, as amended by section 89 of chapter 801 of the acts of 1963; and provided further, that the department shall continue to make payments under chapter 307 of the acts of 1987 for the use of certain land........................................... $1,713,282

2800-0401         For a program to provide stormwater management for all properties and roadways under the care, custody and control of the department of conservation and recreation.. $494,782

2800-0500         For the existing maintenance, operational and infrastructure needs of the metropolitan beaches as determined by the commission established under section 70 of chapter 3 of the General Laws; provided, that not less than $900,000 shall be expended for the metropolitan beaches in the cities of Lynn, Revere, Winthrop and Quincy, the East Boston, South Boston and Dorchester sections of the city of Boston and the towns of Nahant 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 $100,000 shall be expended for Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, Inc.’s staff time, consultants and direct expenses to support the ongoing work of the commission on the future of metropolitan beaches; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the cleanup of Pilayella algae on King’s beach and Long beach in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $290,000 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, Inc.’s Better Beaches Grants Program as recommended by the commission on the future of metropolitan beaches; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of Red Rock Park on Lynn Shore Drive in the city of Lynn; and provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for Dukes county for beach erosion control, monitoring, dune stabilization and related activities at Joseph Sylvia state beach................................................ $1,490,231

2800-0501         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 said beaches, pools and spray pools shall remain open and staffed from Memorial Day to Labor Day, inclusive; provided further, that said 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 2022, shall continue to receive such benefits in fiscal year 2023 during the period of said employees’ 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............................................................................. $24,000,648

2800-0700         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; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Seekonk for the removal of the Maple avenue dam....................................... $720,116

The Governor disapproved of certain wording, for message see House, No. 5132.

The Legislature overrode the Governor's action.

2810-0100         For the operation of the division of state parks and recreation; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to: (i) 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) oversee skating rinks; and (iii) 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 all properties that were open in fiscal year 2022 shall be open in fiscal year 2023; 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 up to $3,000,000 may be used to support the costs of snow and ice removal; provided further, that the rinks under the control of the department shall remain open and staffed for the full rink season and that ice skating shall be available from September 1 through April 15 of the following year; provided further, that additional funds shall be expended to address the needs of state parks in all regions of the commonwealth; provided further, that not later than February 3, 2023 the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) the status of hiring for additional staffing; (b) the staffing levels for the previous 10 fiscal years; and (c) the average staffing level at each park; provided further, that the department shall take steps to address personnel needs in a manner that is geographically equitable; provided further, that not later than January 14, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (1) the hires made for division personnel in fiscal year 2022; (2) the status of hiring for additional staffing; (3) the staffing levels for the previous 10 fiscal years; and (4) the average staffing level at each park; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, or administrative directive to the contrary, the commissioner of conservation and recreation may fill not more than 975 full-time positions; and provided further, that no staffing fee shall be charged for events booked by members of the public, nonprofits and local governments held in state parks smaller than 10,000 square feet in size........................................................ $85,021,706

2810-0122         For special projects relating to the commonwealth’s state parks and recreational areas; provided, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to the Friends of the Fells to support increased safety and responsible stewardship of the Middlesex Fells Reservation; provided further, that not less than $95,000 shall be expended for renovations to the Capen street playground tot lot in the town of Stoneham; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for equipment upgrades to support beach and lifeguard operations at Horseneck Beach State Reservation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for trail linkages and trail projects, including design and construction of infrastructure, for the development of the Highlands footpath between the towns of Lee and Goshen; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Central Plymouth County Water District commission to address water quality and quantity issues in lake and rivers of the district, in support of public health and safety issues and to preserve the water quality of Silver lake, which is the principle source of water for the city of Brockton and the towns of Whitman, Hanson and Pembroke; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Central Plymouth County Water District commission annual budget for the improvement and management of lakes and ponds in the Central Plymouth County Water District; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the Peters Hill section of the Roslindale Gateway path located in the Roslindale section of the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $28,000 shall be expended to the town of East Bridgewater for infrastructural needs and a master plan for a recreational area encompassing Leland Farms; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended for the extension of the rail trail in the town of Danvers; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended by the city of Salem for improvements to the Winter Island playground; provided further, that not less than $600,000 shall be expended for mitigation measures to address the deterioration of the commonwealth-owned mansion on the Elm Bank Reservation; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to the Robert Goddard rocket and fountain in the town of Auburn; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for West Springfield Friends of Park and Recreation, Inc. for infrastructure improvements and park maintenance; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for facility and equipment improvements for the Agawam Little League Baseball and Agawam Little League Softball; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Squannacook Greenways, Inc. to expand the Squannacook river rail trail; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for Lake Attitash Association, Inc., in the city of Amesbury; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for a watershed-based plan for Farm pond in the town of Sherborn; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and operation of the World War II memorial pool in the city known as the town of North Attleborough; provided further, that not less than $8,000 shall be expended for historical preservation, safety enhancements and related work at the Franklin state forest; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended to Keep Springfield Beautiful, Inc. to support its citywide recycling and electronic recycling event in the city of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for the testing and treatment of cyanobacteria and related contaminants in Monponsett pond in the town of Halifax; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to conduct a feasibility study for a pedestrian and bicycle access from the Readville section of the Hyde Park section of the city of Boston and the Neponset greenway to the Blue Hills Reservation and the Warner trail; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to perform traffic engineering design and related implementation measures to improve safety for all road users at the intersection of Alewife Brook parkway and Broadway in the city of Somerville; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended to the city of Amesbury for improvements to athletic fields; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the town of Sutton for the costs associated with expanding the Blackstone River bikeway; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended to the town of Sutton for facilitating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at Nathan’s Barn at Waters Farm; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended to the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for its sustainability for tomorrow program, operated in conjunction with Whittier Farms, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for the creation and maintenance of a baseball field for the use and benefit of disadvantaged youth in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended in support of Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change project in the city of Gloucester and the towns of Essex and Rockport; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the planning and design of renovations and improvements to open spaces in the town of Swampscott; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be transferred to the Castle Island and Marine Park Trust Fund established in section 35III of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided further, that funds from such transfer shall be used for the long-term preservation, maintenance, staffing, renovation, nourishment and public safety costs for the assets of the property stretching from Castle Island to Carson beach including, but not limited to, Castle Island, Pleasure Bay, Marine park, Farragut park, the Murphy Memorial skating rink, M Street beach, Carson beach, William J. Day boulevard, Columbia road, Old Colony avenue and Preble circle; provided further, that not less than $100,000 from such transfer shall be expended for operation and maintenance costs at the Harry McDonough Sailing Center, Inc; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in the town of Milton; and provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended to the town of Holliston for renovations to the public restrooms at Goodwill park; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of Harvard to reclaim and refurbish its Upper and Lower Depot road fields; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for Wharf District Council Inc., for climate resilience planning; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for lighting improvements to the Steriti Memorial rink on Commercial street in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the DeFillipo playground in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the construction of Fore River trail in the city known as the town of Weymouth; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Friends of Crite Park Corp.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the treatment of invasive species in the Pentucket pond and Rock pond in the town of Georgetown; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for the Friends of the Marshfield Dog Park, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for a small business trolley pilot program; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements at the Mattakeesett street fields complex in the town of Pembroke; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the city of Melrose for enhancements to the city’s recreational developments and parks; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Kingston recreation department for improvements to fields and playgrounds; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the North river commission, pursuant to the scenic and recreational river protective order for the North river pursuant to section 62 of chapter 367 of the acts of 1978; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the city of Leominster for the recreational development of Prospect park; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for replacement of the playground at Fletcher field in the city known as the town of Franklin; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Crocker Field Restoration Committee, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the completion of the performing stage at Riverfront park in the city of Fitchburg; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for rehabilitation and restoration of the Stone Building in Hemlock Gorge reservation in the town of Wellesley; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the replacement of the entrance along route 28 to the Torbert Macdonald park in the city of Medford to meet current bicycle and pedestrian design standards; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the city of North Adams for emergency repairs to Building 5 at Heritage state park; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for tree replanting in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the restoration of the Pine Grove Cemetery Chapel in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the city of Beverly for the construction of pickleball courts; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the North Shore Maritime Center, Inc. for the youth rowing program; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for Lynn Youth Soccer, Incorporated in the city of Lynn for facility upgrades; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for upgrades at Greycourt state park in the city of Methuen including, but not limited to, critical safety and preservation repairs to the historic ruins of the Tenney Estate and evaluating the feasibility of expanding accessibility to the park; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Magazine Beach Partners, Inc. for the improvement of Magazine beach in the city of Cambridge; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the construction of bathroom facilities along lake Quannapowitt in the town of Wakefield; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the maintenance and operation of Gannon Golf Course in the city of Lynn; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for the Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for aquatic invasive species control in the Charles river and Mystic river; provided further, that not less than $5,000 shall be expended for the Collectively, Recognizing, Empowerment, Within, Incorporated (CREW) of Springfield; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Boston 4 Celebrations Foundation, Inc. for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for the Fourth of July celebrations on the Charles river; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Cotuit Kettleers for maintenance and upkeep of the baseball fields owned and maintained by the organization; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks for maintenance and upkeep of the baseball fields owned and maintained by the organization; provided further, that not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Arlington Community Orchard; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the construction of a softball field in the town of Hadley; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the town of Boxford to drill a new well to serve the town hall, library and police station; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for repairs and improvements to Gale park in the city of Haverhill; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the Harry McDonough Sailing Center, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for improvements, preparedness and operations for ferry services in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for renovation and accessibility improvements to the outdoor regional recreational site for young children at the Wollaston Recreational Facility in the city of Quincy; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for updates and repairs to Borderland state park in the town of Easton; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to Elm park in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for renovations and improvements to open spaces in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the improvement of underutilized areas and the creation of green space for recreational use of the areas surrounding Cook pond in the city of Fall River; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for improvements to Auburn pond in Goddard park in the town of Auburn; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the new pedestrian bridge linking Goddard park to the public library in the town of Auburn; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for a feasibility study for the potential expansion and connection of Edgewater greenway with Doyle park and to clear vegetation and hazardous trees limiting access to the site; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for assisting landscapers’ transition to electric-powered lawn equipment in the town of Lexington; provided further, that not less than $40,000 shall be expended for park maintenance and improvements to the Alewife brook in the East Arlington section of the town of Arlington; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for costs for tree maintenance related to climate adaptation in the town of Belmont; provided further, that not less than $125,000 shall be expended for Let's Row Boston program administered by Community Rowing, Inc. in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Friends of Herter Park, Inc. for the maintenance and programming of the outdoor theater in Artesani park; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for repairs to the public school track and athletic facilities in the town of Wilmington; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the town of Milton for the planting of shade trees along streets or parks; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the city known as the town of Randolph for the planting of shade trees along streets or parks; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item of appropriation; and provided further, that funds shall be expended fully and on a schedule consistent with the provisions of section 9B of chapter 29 of the General Laws............................................................ $8,716,000

2820-0101         For the costs associated with the department of conservation and recreation’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.......................................................................................................... $2,677,694

2820-2000         For the operation of street lighting and the expenses of maintaining the parkways of the department of conservation and recreation.................................................... $3,730,000

Department of Energy Resources.

7006-1001         For the Massachusetts residential conservation service program under chapter 465 of the acts of 1980 and the Massachusetts commercial and apartment conservation service program under section 11A of chapter 25A of the General Laws; provided, that the assessments levied for fiscal year 2023 under said chapter 465 shall be made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item................................................... $248,589

7006-1003         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 made at a rate sufficient to produce the amount expended from this item and the associated fringe benefit costs for personnel paid from this item....................................................................................................... $5,097,377

Executive Office of Education.

 

Department of Early Education and Care.

3000-1000         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 executive office for 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 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 early intervention program within the department of public health may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive services provided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; 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 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 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 and the house and senate committees on ways and means with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested 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 $5,000,000 shall be expended to provide additional navigation support and outreach to families; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for More than Words in the city of Boston; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $60,000 shall be expended to Acre Family Child Care in the city of Lowell; provided further, that not less than $350,000 shall be expended to Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. to provide support to evidence-based early childhood education programs that promote language, literacy, and social emotional skill development for preschool children from underserved communities; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House, Inc. in the city of Cambridge; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to the Springfield Day Nursery Corporation in the city of Springfield to support at-risk children, address learning gaps and prepare students for school achievement............. $12,201,537

3000-1020         For early education and care quality supports to improve and sustain educational quality among providers of early education and care and to assist early educators and providers in attaining higher levels of proficiency, skill and quality; provided, that supports funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to, program quality improvements related to meeting the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System standards; provided further, that costs related to department of early education and care 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 may support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program, inclusive learning environment grants and early childhood mental health consultation services; provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but not be limited to: (i) development and purchase of curricula; (ii) development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems; (iii) incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators; (iv) activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor’s degrees; (v) payment of fees; (vi) direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care; and (vii) professional development courses; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant to a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the 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.............................................................................................. $44,551,119

3000-1042         For a reimbursement rate increase for center-based subsidized early education and care for salaries, benefits and stipends for professional development of early educators; provided, that not less than $20,000,000 shall be expended to increase the reimbursement rate by an appropriate percentage for all such providers; provided further, that not less than $40,000,000 shall be expended to increase the reimbursement rate through a daily quality add-on rate by the same percentage for all such providers, inclusive of administration staff in family child care systems agencies; provided further, that not later than September 30, 2022, the department shall report to the house and senate committee on ways and means on the planned payments by provider; provided further, that funds shall be expended for increasing the daily add-on rate for comprehensive early education services for children with active cases at the department of children and families; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from this item to items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 as necessary, under an allocation plan that shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred; and provided further, that the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on any such transfer........................ $60,000,000

3000-1045         For grants to support and stabilize the early education and care workforce and address varied operational costs at state child care programs supervised by the department of early education and care, especially those related to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic and the costs associated with stabilizing capacity during the period of pandemic recovery; provided, that the distribution of stabilization grants shall prioritize equity and early education programs with higher percentages of state subsidized enrollment; provided further, that the department shall collect data from participating programs including, but not limited to, the: (i) number of enrolled children; (ii) number of educators employed; (iii) efforts to recruit and retain employees; and (iv) available demographic data of the families served by participating providers; provided further, that the department shall submit quarterly reports on the distribution of funds from this item to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education; provided further, that each report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) a description of the formula through which funding is allocated to providers; (b) an analysis of the incorporation of equity into said formula, including the projected disbursement of funding to state subsidized and non-state subsidized childcare programs; (c) an analysis of the data collected by the department from participating programs; and (d) a description of the efforts undertaken to improve the distribution of funds to providers serving high-needs populations; provided further, that funds may be expended for departmental technical assistance related to the administration and distribution of funding; and provided further, that the department shall provide technical assistance to providers to assist them in planning expenditures so as to avoid any fiscal cliffs in future fiscal years, prior appropriation continued... $250,000,000

3000-1046         For a reserve to support system-wide infrastructure investments and improve access to early education and care services for children and families; provided, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from this item to items 3000-1000, 3000-2000, 3000-3060 and 3000-4060, as necessary; provided further, that not less than 30 days prior to the transfer of funds from this item, the department shall submit a spending plan to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education, which shall detail by object class the distribution of funds to be transferred; provided further, that not less than $5,000,000 shall be expended to child care resource and referral agencies for additional navigational support and outreach to families eligible for state-subsidized early education and care; provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended to support departmental initiatives related to the review and management of subsidy regulations and policies that support the stability of early education and care providers; provided further, that the department shall expend funds to evaluate an improved funding model for child care sustainability and quality including, but not limited to, a classroom based funding model; and provided further, that not less than $10,000,000 shall be expended for grants to early education and care providers for costs associated with personal childcare ..................................................... $25,000,000

3000-2000         For the regional administration and coordination of services provided by child care resource and referral agencies.................................................................... $15,000,000

3000-2050         For the administration of the Children’s Trust Fund, established in section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that the department of early education and care shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board of the trust fund; provided further, that not less than $500,000 shall be expended for a Stop Abuse For Every (SAFE) Child community pilot program to provide, coordinate and expand core services for families; provided further, that core services shall include, but not be limited to, home visiting, social and behavioral health services, substance use treatment and parental resiliency programs; provided further, that the pilot program shall support the coordination of services and referrals using existing resources; and provided further, that not later than December 30, 2022, the Children’s Trust Fund shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities on the progress of the pilot program and the mobilization of services at the family centers........................................................................ $2,211,219

3000-3060         For early education and care services for children with active cases at the department of children and families and for families currently involved with, or transitioning from, transitional aid to families with dependent children and, in light of the economic impact of COVID-19, for families participating in education and training services funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; provided, that providers shall be reimbursed for subsidized childcare services funded under this item based on enrollment; provided further, that the department of early education and care, in collaboration with the department of children and families, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for services under this item, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that for children with active cases at the department of children and families, funds may be used to provide services during a transition period of not less than 12 months upon the closure of the family’s case with the department of children and families; provided further, that in the case of families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children, early education and care shall be available to: (i) recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; (ii) former participants who are working for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; (iii) participants who are working for up to 1 year after the transitional period; and (iv) parents who are under 18 years of age who are currently enrolled in a job training program and who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118 of the General Laws but for the consideration of the grandparents’ income; provided further, that all teens eligible for year-round, full-time early education and care services shall be participating in school, education, work and training-related activities or a combination thereof for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations; provided further, that recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children shall not be charged fees for care provided under this item; provided further, that early education and care services for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children may be funded from this item; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from item 3000-4060, as necessary, under an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall submit to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 30 days prior to the transfer; provided further, that not later than April 14, 2023, the commissioner shall file a preliminary report with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on the projected expenses for the program that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency for the program; provided further, that if the department determines that the available appropriation for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance, not later than June 30, 2023, detailing the amount of appropriation needed to address such deficiency; provided further, that reimbursements for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall recoup funds owed related to payments made by the department in prior fiscal years by reducing payments for services related to this item in fiscal year 2023; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive such services……………................................................................................... $325,541,422

3000-4060         For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that providers shall be reimbursed for subsidized childcare services funded under this item based on enrollment; provided further, that teen parents and homeless families identified as likely to become eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children may be paid from this item; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families meeting income-eligibility criteria may be funded from this item; provided further, that early education and care services funded under this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that not more than 3 per cent of the funds appropriated in this item may be transferred in fiscal year 2023 as set forth in a plan submitted by the department of early education and care; provided further, that said plan shall be submitted to the joint committee on education, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance; provided further, that not later than April 14, 2023, the commissioner shall file a preliminary report with the house and senate committee on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance on the projected expenses for the program that shall include, but not be limited to, the expected surplus or deficiency for the program; provided further, that if the department determines that available appropriations for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the executive office for administration and finance, not later than June 30, 2023, detailing the amount of appropriation needed to address such deficiency; provided further, that reimbursements for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department shall recoup funds owed related to payments made by the department in prior fiscal years by reducing payments for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2023; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation............................ $368,108,945

3000-5000         For grants to head start programs; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on early head start programs....................................................................... $16,500,000

3000-6025         For grants in fiscal year 2023 to support planning and implementation activities in cities, towns, regional school districts or educational collaboratives to expand pre-kindergarten or preschool opportunities on a voluntary basis to children who will be eligible for kindergarten by September 2024; provided, that planning and implementation grants may be awarded through a competitive process established by the department of early education and care utilizing the Massachusetts Preschool Expansion Grant public-private partnership model; provided further, that preference in awarding grants shall be given to districts serving high percentages of high-needs students; provided further, that additional preference in awarding planning grants may be given to districts to update strategic expansion plans completed in prior fiscal years; provided further, that additional preference in awarding implementation grants shall be given to districts that have completed strategic planning efforts that support expanding access to high-quality preschool through the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative; provided further, that not later than March 15, 2023, the department shall submit a report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the status of planning and implementation activities, which shall include, but not be limited to, the: (i) districts that submitted applications for grant funding; (ii) recipients of grant funding; (iii) anticipated number of children served by recipients; (iv) size of awarded grants by recipient; and (v) recipients’ workforce development efforts; provided further, that funds from this item may be used to provide administrative support to grantees, including technical assistance and program evaluation; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, funds distributed from this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative without further appropriation; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months......................................... $15,000,000

3000-6075         For early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided, that preference shall be given to those services designed to limit the number of expulsions and suspensions from the programs and to early education and care programs serving high percentages of high-needs students; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, licensed childcare providers, child care resource and referral centers and other qualified entities; and provided further, that funding may be used to support programming and services to address mental health concerns created or exacerbated by the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic including, but not limited to, outreach, training for educators to respond to mental health challenges, support for educators, including peer group support, and an expansion of current services............................... $3,500,000

3000-7000         For statewide neonatal and postnatal home parenting education and home visiting programs for at-risk newborns to be administered by the Children's Trust Fund established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that such services shall be made available statewide to parents under the age of 24; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall collaborate with the Children's Trust Fund, when appropriate, to coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7050 to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that the Children's Trust Fund shall oversee the maintenance of a participant data system; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, priority for such services shall be given to low-income parents................................................................... $17,519,623

3000-7040         For the department of early education and care, which may expend not more than $320,000 for contingency contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapter IV, part E; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; and 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............................................................ $320,000

3000-7050         For the coordinated family and community engagement grant program, which shall establish a statewide network of supports for early education; provided, that the department of early education and care shall distribute grants not later than August 31, 2022 in order to allow a full year of service for families involved in these programs; provided further, that the department shall, to the maximum extent feasible, coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7000 in order to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the Massachusetts Family Networks program; (ii) municipal school districts; (iii) regional school districts; (iv) educational collaboratives; (v) the parent-child home program; (vi) head start programs; (vii) other school readiness and family support programs; (viii) licensed child care providers; and (ix) child care resource and referral centers; provided further, that supports funded through this item shall be in alignment with the quality requirements of the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System; provided further, that the department shall take steps to streamline activities and programs funded through this item; provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants for supplemental services for children with individualized education plans; provided further, that not more than $160,000 shall be expended for technical assistance; and provided further, that funds may be expended for programs or activities during the summer months......................................................................................... $11,699,190

3000-7052         For the parent-child plus program, also known as the parent-child home program $4,000,000

3000-7055         For the Neighborhood Villages Inc. pilot program to provide high-quality, economically-integrated infant and toddler classrooms that demonstrate best practices for supporting children, families and the early childhood workforce and establish infrastructure to facilitate wraparound health and wellness programming for children and families; provided, that funds shall be used to support high-quality early education and care classroom instruction and workforce development training; provided further, that funds shall be used to allow for the enhancement, coordination and alignment of early learning programs with community-based health providers and those resources that impact outcomes across health and early learning; and provided further, that the pilot program shall serve to identify resources and promising practices that inform efforts to support school-readiness and ensure the healthy development and well-being of children and families........................................................................................ ……………$1,000,000

3000-7066         For professional development and higher education opportunities and supports for early educators to be coordinated through the department in conjunction with the Massachusetts community colleges; provided, that programming shall focus on the statewide recruitment and training needs specific to the early education and care workforce, encourage opportunities for career advancement and retention and incorporate early education and care stakeholder, employer and industry collaboration; and provided further, that professional development opportunities shall be consistent with the core competencies and career pathways established by the department and in accordance with the recommendations of the early education and care workforce council, established under section 79 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018, prior appropriation continued................................................................................................... $10,000,000

3000-7070         For Reach Out and Read, Inc.; provided, that the funds distributed through Reach Out and Read, Inc. shall be contingent upon a match of not less than $1 in private or corporate contributions for every $1 in state grant funding............................... $1,548,228

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND hUMAN SERVICES.

Office of the Secretary.

4000-0005         For youth violence prevention program grants administered by the executive office of health and human services; provided, that the grants shall be targeted at reducing youth violence among young persons at highest annual risk of being perpetrators or victims of gun and community violence; provided further, that any new grants awarded from this item in fiscal year 2023 shall comply with the grant application requirements set forth in item 4000-0005 of section 2 of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013; provided further, that the executive office may select the same evaluator in fiscal year 2023 as selected in fiscal year 2022; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2023, the secretary of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (i) successful grant applications; (ii) the criteria used in selecting grant recipients; (iii) a set of clearly-defined goals and benchmarks on which grant recipients shall be evaluated; and (iv) outcomes and findings that demonstrate program success from the grant awards for fiscal year 2022; provided further, that funds may be set aside for the administration of these programs; provided further, that these funds shall be available to those municipalities with the highest number of annual youth homicides and serious assaults as determined by the executive office; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Awake Youth Violence Prevention; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services youth violence prevention programs; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for BAGLY, Inc.; and provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Inc. for the operation of comprehensive educational programming on gun violence and gun violence prevention........................................................... $13,050,000

4000-0007         For housing and supportive services for unaccompanied youth under section 16X of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that not later than February 14, 2023, the secretary of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means 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) other quantifiable data related to client outcomes as determined by the secretary; (vi) the number of youths turned away from the program; and (vii) the amount of funding awarded to vendors for the delivery of services and the names of each vendor.............. $9,500,000

4000-0009        For the office of health equity established in section 16AA of chapter 6A of the General Laws; provided, that the office may enter into service agreements with the department of public health to fulfill the obligations of the office; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association; and provided further, that not later than December 30, 2022, the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the development of the office of health equity within the executive office of health and human services and the implementation of programming as set forth in said section 16AA of said chapter 6A, including personnel costs and an organizational structure plan........................... $350,000

4000-0014         For the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc. to provide training to community health workers who serve as the patient link to medical and social services for the disenfranchised population throughout the Worcester and MetroWest regions $200,000

4000-0020         For the nursing and allied health workforce development initiative, to develop and support strategies that increase the number of public higher education faculty members and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health workforce; provided, that the amount appropriated in this item shall be transferred to the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund established in section 33 of chapter 305 of the acts of 2008; provided further, that funds shall be transferred to the fund according to an allotment schedule adopted by the executive office for administration and finance; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the executive office of health and human services shall submit a report to the joint committee on public health, the joint committee on health care finance, the joint committee on higher education and the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the expenditures from the Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Workforce Development Trust Fund and both short and long term strategies to increase the number of public and private higher education faculty and students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to nursing and allied health... $1,000,000

4000-0050         For the operation of the PCA quality home care workforce council established in section 71 of chapter 118E of the General Laws........................................................ $2,811,797

4000-0051         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 under 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 health and human services shall maintain the fiscal year 2022 contract with a third-party administration service organization to oversee the execution of, and the agency’s compliance with, subsection (b) of said section 16U of said chapter 6A; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall submit biannual progress updates to the executive office for 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 31, 2023 and October 31, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, but not limited to: (a) the number of children and families served at each center; (b) the types of programs; (c) program outcomes; (d) client feedback; and (e) progress on data sharing between centers; and provided further, that the network of child and family service programs shall coordinate with the executive office, the department of early education and care and municipal police departments to provide emergency assistance to missing or absent children at times when the juvenile court is not open, consistent with the requirements under section 39H of chapter 119 of the General Laws $500,000

4000-0100         For the department of health and human services, in consultation with the department of higher education, for a public information campaign to educate and promote awareness of the availability of student loan forgiveness and assistance, tuition reimbursement, fellowships or other state and federal programs designed to benefit the health care and behavioral health workforce in the commonwealth and individuals who may be interested in joining the health care or behavioral health workforce; provided, that said public information campaign shall provide information about the centralized website established pursuant to subsection (b) of section 51 of this act.......................................... $1,000,000

4000-0250         For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend for the costs of the operation and maintenance of the health insurance exchange not more than $15,000,000 from monies received from the commonwealth health insurance connector authority; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenue and related expenditures, the executive 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 $15,000,000

4000-0300         For the operation of the office 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 the executive office shall ensure that any collaborative assessments for children receiving services from multiple agencies within the secretariat shall be performed within existing resources; provided further, that the executive office shall continue to develop and implement the common client identifier; 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 the executive office and its agencies, when contracting for services on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and the town of Provincetown, shall take into consideration the increased costs associated with the provision of goods, services and housing in said jurisdictions; provided further, that MassHealth shall establish a direct phone number for court employees who serve participants of specialty courts to use in contacting MassHealth regarding enrollment and other benefits issues for participants and MassHealth shall notify the specialty courts administrator with the direct contact number and other pertinent information within 30 days after the effective date of this item; 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, codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapter XIX, to ensure that rates of payment to providers shall not exceed the rates that are necessary to meet 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 under the department of public health and 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, codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapters XIX or XXI, the MassHealth demonstration waiver approved under subsection (a) of section 1115 of Title XI of the Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. section 1315(a), or the community first section 1115 demonstration waiver under said section 1115 of said Title XI of the Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C section 1315, except as required for: (i) the administration of the executive office; (ii) the equivalent of MassHealth Standard benefits for children under 21 years of age who are in the care or custody of the department of youth services or the department of children and families; (iii) the dental benefits provided to clients of the department of developmental services who are 21 years of age or older; (iv) the payments related to services delivered in institutions for mental disease for which federal financial participation is not otherwise available; (v) 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 not less than 30 days before making these expenditures; or (vi) otherwise as explicitly authorized with the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services 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 expended for interpretive services directly or indirectly related to a settlement or resolution agreement with the office of civil rights or any other office, group or entity; provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 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 not later than January 13, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the: (a) number of members served in the dual eligible initiative; (b) average expenditure per member; (c) average expenditure per member before the demonstration project; and (d) number of clients that receive care at skilled nursing facilities; provided further, that not later than December 30, 2022, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing detailing utilization in fiscal year 2022 of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund established in section 66 of said chapter 118E, including the: (1) number of persons whose medical expenses were billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (2) total dollar amount billed to the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (3) age, income level and insurance status of recipients using the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; (4) types of services paid for out of the Health Safety Net Trust Fund; and (5) amount disbursed from the Health Safety Net Trust Fund to each hospital and community health center; provided further, that not later than March 1, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing on: (A) total spending related to pharmaceutical utilization for fiscal year 2022; (B) estimated spending related to pharmaceutical utilization for fiscal year 2023; (C) the actual and estimated revenue amounts, both in the form of supplemental rebates and federal financial participation, received in fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2023 as a result of total pharmaceutical spending; (D) total or projected savings amounts delivered from supplemental rebate negotiations in fiscal year 2023; and (E) the relative impact of price and utilization of pharmaceutical drugs added to the MassHealth drug list within fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2023; provided further, that the executive office shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on health care financing summarizing the projected total costs for the next fiscal year of pharmaceutical pipeline drugs identified by the executive office and expected to be made available for utilization within a 12-month period from the submission date of the filed report; provided further, that this report shall not identify the specific drugs, manufacturer identities or wholesale acquisition costs of individual drugs identified by the department; 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 MassHealth 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 not later than January 13, 2023, 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 2022 and fiscal year 2023; provided further, that by the fifteenth day of the subsequent month, the executive office shall submit monthly MassHealth 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; provided further, that not less than $1,000,000 shall be transferred to the Criminal Justice and Community Support Trust Fund established in section 2QQQQQ of chapter 29 of the General Laws for the continuation of a pilot program to establish a county restoration center and program overseen by the Middlesex county restoration center commission to divert persons suffering from mental illness or substance use disorder who interact with law enforcement or the court system during a pre-arrest investigation or the pre-adjudication process from lock-up facilities and hospital emergency departments to appropriate treatment; provided further, that any unexpended balance in these accounts shall revert to the General Fund on June 30, 2023; provided further, that the executive office shall make a supplemental payment not less than $3,000,000 to Franciscan Children's Hospital, above base rates, to compensate for high-complexity pediatric care; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Fishing Partnership Support Services for behavioral and mental health initiatives in coastal communities; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Catholic Charities in the city of Leominster for the purposes of expanding the diaper bank for the region; provided further, that not less than $550,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc. for the purpose of managing the Network of Care, as the singular place where all mental health, substance use and related social services programs and organizations are curated into a state-wide online, searchable tool; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the critical care operations of New England Life Flight, Inc.; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services for the purpose of increasing access to health and human services on Martha’s Vineyard; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham for behavioral health services; provided further, that not less than $20,000 shall be expended for a voluntary nonemergency ambulance transportation regional pilot program to aggregate and coordinate ambulance service resources to more efficiently meet health facility demand; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for Health Care For All, Inc. for the costs associated with operating its free statewide nonprofit consumer assistance helpline in order to provide health coverage eligibility, enrollment and navigation assistance and to operate an online support platform for enrollment assistance across the state; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in the town of Brookline to expand the healthy lives program; provided further, that not less than $325,000 shall be expended for the Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain to provide case management and care navigation support to assist healthcare facilities, individual practitioners and other healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, nurse case managers, social workers and recovery coaches, in providing care and identifying community-based providers for referral for pain management and treatment of substance use disorder; provided further, that funds shall be expended to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for off-island medical transportation, including the transportation of patients with behavioral health conditions; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means biannually on new initiatives and the status of the implementation of the behavioral health roadmap; and provided further, that not later than September 30, 2022, the first report shall be submitted.... $126,029,597

4000-0320         For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $225,000,000 for medical care and assistance rendered in the current year 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……………............. $225,000,000

4000-0321........ For the executive office of health and human services, which may expend not more than $65,000,000 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, as codified at 42 U.S.C. chapter 7, subchapters XIX and XXI, 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 December 30, 2022, 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 notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of 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; provided further, that after providing payments due under the terms of the contingency contracts, the executive office may use available funds to support special MassHealth projects that will receive enhanced federal revenue opportunities, including MassHealth eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to MassHealth programs; provided further, that any enhanced federal financial participation received for these special projects, including the Implementation Advanced Planning Documents or other eligibility operations and systems enhancements that support reforms and improvements to MassHealth 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 said Title XIX of the Social Security Act and other federal funding provisions to support the programs and activities of the executive office; provided further, that said activities may include providing: (a) 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) consulting services related to quality assurance, program evaluation and development, integrity and soundness and project management; and (c) 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 of health and human services 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 not exceed $40,000,000 for state fiscal year 2023 except for contingency fees paid under interdepartmental service agreements for recoveries related to special disability workload projects; and provided further, that, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and 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……………. $65,000,000

4000-0430........ For the CommonHealth program to provide primary and supplemental medical care and assistance to disabled adults and children under sections 9A, 16 and 16A of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to the recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services shall maximize federal reimbursement for state expenditures made on behalf of those adults and children; provided further, that children shall be determined eligible for medical care and assistance if they meet the disability standards as defined by the executive office; provided further, that, such standards shall be no more restrictive than those in effect on July 1, 1996; and provided further, that the executive office shall process a CommonHealth application within 45 days of receipt of a completed application or within 90 days if a determination of disability is required................................................................................ ……………$209,966,564

4000-0500         For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients through the executive office of health and human services’ managed care delivery systems, including a behavioral health contractor, the Primary Care Clinician Plan, Primary Care Accountable Care Organizations, MassHealth managed care organizations and Accountable Care Partnership Plans and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under section 9 of chapter 118E of the General Laws and clauses (a) to (d), inclusive, and clause (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A of said chapter 118E and section 16C of said chapter 118E; provided, that no funds shall be expended from this item for children and adolescents under clause (c) of said subsection (2) of said section 9A of said chapter 118E whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office, exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that the executive office shall require that any contract or other arrangement entered into by a managed care provider under the managed care delivery system for the provision and administration of pharmacy benefit management services on behalf of individuals enrolled in programs of medical assistance under this item, including a managed care provider participating in an accountable care partnership plan, shall include, but not be limited to, the requirement that pharmacy benefit managers: (i) identify all sources and amounts of income, payments and financial benefits related to the provision and administration of pharmacy benefit management services on behalf of the managed care provider including, but not limited to, pricing discounts, rebates, inflationary payments, credits, clawbacks, fees, grants, chargebacks, reimbursements or other benefits; and (ii) disclose to MassHealth the sources and amounts of all income, payments and financial benefits received by the pharmacy benefit manager; provided further, that not later than February 15, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing: (a) the total number of members participating in the Accountable Care Organization program; (b) disenrollment trends from the Partnership Plan, Primary Care Accountable Care Organization and Managed Care Organization-administered Accountable Care Organizations within the designated plan selection; (c) the outcomes achieved by accountable care organizations and community partners including, but not limited to, financial performance, patient safety, patient satisfaction, quality and aggregate and per-member reductions in spending compared to prior cost trends; (d) the results of benchmarks on accountable care organizations’ and community partners’ progress toward an integrated care delivery system; and (e) a summary of spending and activities related to traditionally non-reimbursed services to address health-related social needs including, but not limited to, home and community-based services, housing stabilization and support, utility assistance, non-medical transportation, physical activity, nutrition, sexual assault and domestic violence supports; provided further, that such summary shall include, to the maximum extent practicable, aggregated data on the results of preventative health care services such as health-related social needs screening, the number of referrals to human service providers to address such screening, the result of such referrals and changes in health status; provided further, that such data shall be stratified by demographic factors to support an analysis of the impact on health disparities; provided further, that where data is not available, a report on progress toward establishing necessary data systems shall be provided; provided further, that said summary shall include outcome measures for at-risk populations with chronic health conditions; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for Community Care Cooperative, a 501(c)(3) MassHealth Accountable Care Organization solely governed by Federally Qualified Health Centers to assist with the start-up of their efforts with shared services that enhance access and quality of care, administrative efficiency, reduce health disparities and promote health care cost containment; and provided further, that not later than January 16, 2023, the executive office shall conduct and submit a comparative analysis to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, of the rate differential for inpatient psychiatric and substance use hospital per diem payments between MassHealth and its contracted health insurers, health plans, health maintenance organizations, behavioral health management firms and third-party administrators under contract to a Medicaid managed care organization or primary care clinician plan $5,983,593,690

4000-0601         For health care services provided to MassHealth members who are seniors, including those provided through the Medicare Savings Program, and for the operation of the MassHealth senior care options program under section 9D of chapter 118E of the General Laws; provided, that funds may be expended from this item for health care services provided to recipients in prior fiscal years; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purposes of an individual's eligibility for the senior care options program, an individual is deemed to reach the age of 65 on the first day of the month in which their sixty-fifth birthday occurs; provided further, that no payment for special provider costs shall be made from this item without the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item to maintain a personal needs allowance of $72.80 per month for individuals residing in nursing and rest homes who are eligible for MassHealth, emergency aid to the elderly, the disabled and children program or supplemental security income; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for any nursing home facility or non-acute chronic disease hospital that provides kosher food to its residents, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis and in recognition of the special innovative program status granted by the executive office, shall continue to make the standard payment rates established in fiscal year 2006 to reflect the high dietary costs incurred in providing kosher food; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2023, the secretary of health and human services shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation of the Medicare Savings Program expanded program eligibility for seniors pursuant to section 25A of said chapter 118E; provided further, that said report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of members who are seniors whose household incomes, as determined by the executive office, exceed 130 per cent of the federal poverty level, that are enrolled in Medicare Savings Programs during each month of the fiscal year; (ii) total enrollment in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program and Qualifying Individual Program; (iii) total annual spending on Medicare premiums and cost-sharing for such members; and (iv) total annual transfers from the prescription advantage program in item 9110-1455 and Health Safety Net Trust Fund to fund the Medicare Savings Program expansion; provided further, that nursing facility rates effective October 1, 2022 under section 13D of said chapter 118E shall be developed using the costs of calendar year 2019; provided further, that MassHealth shall reimburse nursing home facilities for up to 20 medical leave-of-absence days and shall reimburse the facilities for up to 10 non-medical leave-of-absence days; provided further, that medical leave-of-absence days shall include an observation stay in a hospital in excess of 24 hours; provided further, that no nursing home shall reassign a patient's bed during a leave of absence that is eligible for reimbursement under this item; provided further, that not later than January 1, 2023, MassHealth shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing, for fiscal year 2022: (a) the number of nursing facility clients on a leave of absence, delineated by the nursing facility, medical leave-of-absence days and medical leave-of-absence days that exceeded 10 days per hospital stay, nonmedical leave-of-absence days and the total number of days on leave of absence unduplicated member count; (b) licensed beds monthly capacity levels per nursing home and the monthly total number of empty beds per nursing facility, total number of all nursing home residents and total MassHealth nursing home residents; (c) the 6 separate MassHealth payment rates and the average payment amount rate per nursing facility client resident; (d) the actual number of nursing home residents for each of the 6 payment rates in clause (c); and (e) the aggregate payment amount per nursing facility by month; and provided further, that the information in such report shall be delineated by nursing facility, including grand totals where appropriate...... $3,808,875,619

4000-0641         For nursing facility Medicaid rates; provided, that in fiscal year 2023, the executive office of health and human services, in consultation with the center for health information and analysis, shall establish rates that cumulatively total $342,100,000 more than the annual payment rates established under the rates in effect as of June 30, 2002; provided further, that an amount for expenses related to the collection and administration of section 63 of chapter 118E of the General Laws shall be transferred to the executive office; provided further, that the payments made under this item shall be allocated in an amount sufficient to implement section 622 of chapter 151 of the acts of 1996; provided further, that not later than July 1, 2022, pursuant to the executive office of health and human services’ Administrative Bulletin 22-02 entitled 101 CMR 206.00: Standard Payments to Nursing Facilities and effective January 25, 2022, the executive office shall provide a Medicaid supplemental payment to nursing homes consistent with said bulletin and 101 CMR 206.00 to offset increased costs of providing care not accounted for in the nursing facility’s prospective payment system rates during the COVID-19 pandemic; provided further, that not less than $40,000,000 shall be expended for payments consistent with the executive office of health and human services’ Administrative Bulletin 22-02 entitled 101 CMR 206.00: Standard Payment to Nursing Facilities and effective January 15, 2022; provided further, that payments shall be distributed to nursing facilities based on their proportion of the total Medicaid Days reported by all nursing facility providers and used to pay for direct-care staffing costs; provided further, that not less than $56,250,000 shall be expended for the purpose of direct care staffing costs in nursing facilities and shall be distributed to nursing facilities in the form of a rate add-on solely for the purpose of permissible direct care costs as determined by MassHealth, in consultation with the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and 1199SEIU; provided further, that said rate add-on shall be based on a facility's total Medicaid days; provided further, that not less than $18,750,000 shall be distributed to nursing facilities in the form of a supplemental payment to promote quality improvement using a methodology as determined by MassHealth, in consultation with the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and 1199SEIU; provided further, that not later than February 1, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the methodologies used to distribute funds for said rate add-on and said supplemental payment to promote quality improvement; and provided further, that not later than June 1, 2023, the executive office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means detailing the expenditures from said rate add-on, including the number of employees receiving a wage increase and the average increase in wage, and said supplemental payment to promote quality improvement by recipient..... $510,400,000

4000-0700         For health care services provided to medical assistance recipients under the executive office of health and human services’ health care indemnity or third-party liability plan, to medical assistance recipients not otherwise covered under the executive office’s managed care or senior care plans and for MassHealth benefits provided to children, adolescents and adults under section 9 of chapter 118E of the General Laws and clauses (a) to (d), inclusive, and clause (h) of subsection (2) of section 9A of said chapter 118E and section 16C of said chapter 118E; provided, that no payments for special provider costs shall be made from this item without the prior written approval of the secretary of administration and finance; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item for children and adolescents under clause (c) of said subsection (2) of said section 9A of said chapter 118E whose household incomes as determined by the executive office exceed 150 per cent of the federal poverty level; provided further, that children who have aged out of the custody of the department of children and families shall be eligible for benefits through the age limit specified in MassHealth’s approved state plan; provided further, that funds shall be expended from this item for members who qualify for early intervention services; provided further, that MassHealth shall expend $13,000,000 in the aggregate for acute care hospitals that have greater than 63 per cent of their gross patient service revenue from governmental payers and free care as determined by the executive office; provided further, that in fiscal year 2023, MassHealth shall maintain the same level of federally-optional chiropractic services that were in effect in fiscal year 2016 and were included in its state plan or demonstration program in effect on January 1, 2002 for members enrolled in the primary care clinician program; provided further, that in fiscal year 2023, the executive office shall not fund programs relating to case management with the intention of reducing length of stay for neonatal intensive care unit cases; provided further, that funds may be expended from this item for activities relating to customer service; provided further, that notwithstanding this item, funds may be expended from this item for the purchase of third-party insurance including, but not limited to, Medicare for any medical assistance recipient; provided further, that the executive of