2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Reduce Across the Board Cuts

Item 506 #16h

Item 506 #16h

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY2003 $105,591,710 FY2004 $105,574,469 GF

Page 360, line 43, strike "($176,752,034)" and insert "($71,160,324)".
Page 360, line 43, strike "($178,935,174)" and insert "($73,360,705)".
Page 360, strike lines 46 through 53.
Page 361, strike lines 1 through 58.
Page 362, strike lines 1 through 29.
Page 360, after line 45 insert:
"A. To accomplish savings estimated at $71,160,324 the first year and $73,360,705 the second year, the Governor is hereby authorized to direct the Department of Planning and Budget to reduce general fund appropriations for operating expenses of each agency in the Executive Department, except for those listed in Item 506.1 of this act.  The amount of reduction represents an average of four percent; however, the Governor may allocate different reduction amounts than the cited percentage for an individual agency, provided that the combined savings for all agencies shall be equal to the cited percentages.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that in implementing any across-the-board reductions, agencies are to attempt to maximize reductions in administrative functions to limit the impact on service delivery activities.
B. Prior to taking any actions to execute reductions in this item, the Governor shall present a plan to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees detailing the amount of each agency reduction along with a detailed explanation of how the savings will be achieved.
C. Should the general fund revenue forecast prepared by the Governor pursuant to the process prescribed in § 2.2-1503, Code of Virginia, exceed the general fund forecast for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004, as presented to the General Assembly on February 11, 2002, such revenue in excess of the forecast shall be used to reduce the percentage reductions required in this item."

(This amendment reduces the across-the-board agency cuts to an average of four percent. The language authorizes the Governor to adjust the percentage reduction each agency will have to allow maximum flexibility in achieving the savings. This amendment also strikes language allowing for a contingent appropriation for pay raises and nonstate agencies. This amendment transfers the reductions in higher education to Item 506.1. Reductions for institutions of higher education will be distributed consistent with the funding policy guidelines adopted in November 2001.)