relating to appropriations; appropriating money for veterans affairs, military
affairs, and the Board of Animal Health; reducing and adjusting appropriations
for agriculture; providing for disposition of certain funds; discontinuing
certain ethanol producer payments;amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
sections 168.1255, by adding a subdivision; 190.19, subdivision 1, by adding a
subdivision; Laws 2007, chapter 45, article 2, section 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
1.12 The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are added to or, if shown
1.13in parentheses, subtracted from the appropriations in Laws 2007, chapter 45, articles 1 to
1.143, to the agencies and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from
1.15the general fund or another named fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for
1.16each purpose. The figures "2008" and "2009" used in this article mean that the addition
1.17to or subtraction from the appropriation listed under them is available for the fiscal year
1.18ending June 30, 2008, or June 30, 2009, respectively. Supplemental appropriations and
1.19reductions to appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, are effective the
1.20day following final enactment.
|Section 1. SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS.
||Available for the Year
||Ending June 30
2.1$302,000 is a reduction in fiscal year 2009.
2.2The commissioner shall make a reduction
2.3of $100,000 from agricultural marketing,
2.4$100,000 shall come from efficiencies gained
2.5by the merger of the Agriculture Resources
2.6Management and Development Division and
2.7the Agriculture Finance Division, and the
2.8remainder shall come from a reduction in
2.10$2,385,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for grants
2.11to livestock producers via the livestock
2.12investment grant program in Minnesota
2.13Statutes, section 17.118, if enacted. This is a
2.14onetime appropriation and is available until
2.16The $200,000 appropriation in Laws 2007,
2.17chapter 45, article 1, section 3, subdivision
2.184, for a grant to the Elk River Economic
2.19Development Authority for a bioenergy
2.20project is canceled to the general fund.
2.21$60,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for a grant
2.22to the Washington Center for Internships
2.23and Academic Seminars. The center must
2.24use the funds for an agricultural renewable
2.25energy internship pilot program that awards
2.26scholarships to students enrolling in a
2.27Minnesota four-year college or university
2.28beginning in the spring semester of 2009.
2.29This appropriation must be matched
2.30two-to-one by funding from the United
2.31States Department of Agriculture. The center
2.32must work with Minnesota colleges and
2.33universities and the Minnesota Department
2.34of Agriculture to achieve racial, ethnic,
2.35and gender diversity, as well as rural-urban
3.1balance among scholarship recipients,
3.2and must award the scholarships to
3.3Minnesota students who are economically
3.4disadvantaged, who demonstrate need
3.5of financial assistance, and who are
3.6underrepresented in higher education. This
3.7is a onetime appropriation.
3.8$310,000 is a reduction in fiscal year 2009
3.9of the appropriation for ethanol producer
3.10payments in Laws 2007, chapter 45, article
3.111, section 3, subdivision 2. This reduction
3.12is onetime only.
3.13$310,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for increased
3.14ground water monitoring activities. This
3.15appropriation is onetime only.
|Sec. 2. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
3.17For monitoring, testing, eradication,
3.18education, and outreach, and other activities
3.19the board is required to undertake to
3.20comply with federal regulations concerning
3.21cattle, bison, goats, and farmed cervidae
3.22under a USDA modified accredited status.
3.23$2,252,000 is added to the base in each of
3.24fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
3.25Up to $12,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for
3.26a onetime grant to a beef cattle producer
3.27located outside of a bovine tuberculosis
3.28containment area who purchased certified
3.29tuberculosis-free cattle yet sustained financial
3.30losses beyond the producer's control due to
3.31restrictions imposed by the Board of Animal
3.32Health that effectively denied the producer
3.33the ability to sell the tuberculosis-free
3.34cattle during favorable market conditions.
4.1Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
4.2section 35.085, the board shall make this
4.3grant from the $100,000 appropriation for
4.4reimbursements in Laws 2007, chapter 45,
4.5article 1, section 4.
|Sec. 3. BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH
|Sec. 4. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
|Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
4.13The amounts that may be spent for each
4.14purpose are specified in the following
|Appropriations by Fund
4.17$500,000 in fiscal year 2009 is added to
4.18the base for grants to counties for veterans
4.19service offices as provided under Laws 2007,
4.20chapter 45, article 2, section 1, paragraph (b).
4.21By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
4.22report to the chair and ranking minority
4.23member of each committee in the senate and
4.24house of representatives with jurisdiction
4.25over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
4.26regarding activities and expenditures under
4.27this program during fiscal years 2008 and
4.282009, including an explanation of the role of
4.29staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs in
4.30administering this program.
4.31$3,500,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for state
4.32soldiers assistance under Minnesota Statutes,
4.33section 197.05. Of this amount, $2,000,000
4.34is added to the base for this activity. This
4.35appropriation is available until spent.
5.1By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
5.2report to the chair and ranking minority
5.3member of each committee in the senate and
5.4house of representatives with jurisdiction
5.5over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
5.6regarding activities and expenditures under
5.7this program during fiscal years 2008 and
5.82009, including an explanation of the role of
5.9staff of the Department of Veterans Affairs in
5.10administering this program.
5.11$1,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for casework
5.12services for veterans. The commissioner,
5.13in consultation with the Department of
5.14Administration, shall use the request for
5.15proposal process in Minnesota Statutes,
5.16chapter 16C, to solicit bids for the provision
5.17of these services. The casework services
5.18provided should be community-based,
5.19available statewide, and include in-home
5.21By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
5.22report to the chair and ranking minority
5.23member of each committee in the senate and
5.24house of representatives with jurisdiction
5.25over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
5.26regarding activities and expenditures under
5.27this program during fiscal years 2008 and
5.29$220,000 in fiscal year 2009 is added to
5.30the base for operations of the LinkVET
5.31telephone line service for veterans.
5.32For purposes of efficiency, the commissioner
5.33must combine the services available through
5.34the toll-free higher education call center
6.1for veterans with those available through
6.3$250,000 in fiscal year 2009 is added to
6.4the base for the Veterans Claims Office for
6.5outreach and training to improve services
6.6and benefits to veterans. This appropriation
6.7includes money to add a female veterans
6.8service officer/coordinator position.
6.9$50,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for designing
6.10a treatment program for veterans with
6.11traumatic brain injuries within the state
6.12veterans homes. By January 15, 2009, the
6.13commissioner must report to the chair and
6.14ranking minority member of each committee
6.15in the senate and house of representatives
6.16with jurisdiction over the policy and finance
6.17of veterans affairs regarding the requirements
6.18and feasibility of implementing this program
6.19within existing and future veterans homes.
6.20This is a onetime appropriation.
6.21$250,000 in fiscal year 2009 is added to the
6.22base for a grant to the Minnesota Assistance
6.23Council for Veterans for their work in
6.24helping veterans and their families affected
6.26By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
6.27report to the chair and ranking minority
6.28member of each committee in the senate and
6.29house of representatives with jurisdiction
6.30over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
6.31regarding activities and expenditures under
6.32this program during fiscal years 2008 and
6.34$200,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for:
7.1(1) an intergovernmental and veterans
7.2strategic planning study for the Minnesota
7.3veterans homes, with special emphasis
7.4on exploring alternative models for the
7.5Minneapolis veterans home; and
7.6(2) a study of the feasibility of partnering
7.7for home-based services for veterans with
7.8nongovernmental, nonprofit, or faith-based
7.9social service and health care delivery
7.10organizations, as a means of enabling
7.11veterans to live more independently, as an
7.12alternative to the projected sharply increasing
7.13needs for domiciliary and skilled nursing
7.14beds in state veterans homes. This is a
7.16No staff may be hired for or allocated to
7.17any new veterans cemetery without explicit
7.19Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
7.2016A.62, on June 30, 2008, all money in
7.21the permanent trust account in the special
7.22revenue fund of the state veterans cemetery
7.23must be transferred to the permanent
7.24development and maintenance account in
7.26$1,000,000 is a reduction in fiscal year 2009
7.27for the Veterans Homes Board. The base
7.28appropriation for fiscal years 2010 and 2011
7.29is reduced by $1,320,000 in each year. This
7.30reduction is made possible by the enhanced
7.31efficiency in administration of the homes
7.32associated with the transfer of governing
7.33authority from the Veterans Homes Board to
7.34the commissioner of veterans affairs.
8.1$600,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for the state
8.2GI bill program in Minnesota Statutes,
8.3section 197.791. The base for this program is
8.4increased by $800,000 in each of fiscal years
8.52010 and 2011.
8.6$5,250,000 in fiscal year 2008 and
8.7$5,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 are reductions
8.8from the appropriation made in Laws 2007,
8.9chapter 144, article 1, section 7. The base for
8.10the program in fiscal year 2010 is reduced by
8.12$100,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for a grant
8.13to the Minnesota Ambulance Association
8.14to implement a veterans paramedic
8.15apprenticeship program for the purpose of
8.16reintegrating qualified returning military
8.17medics into Minnesota's workforce in the
8.18field of paramedic and emergency services.
8.19This is a onetime appropriation.
8.20$25,000 in fiscal year 2009 is to develop a
8.21pilot program for peer-to-peer counseling
8.22among combat veterans. This is a onetime
8.24By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
8.25report to the chair and ranking minority
8.26member of each committee in the senate and
8.27house of representatives with jurisdiction
8.28over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
8.29regarding activities and expenditures under
8.31$1,000,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for
8.32improvements to the medication distribution
8.33system in the Minnesota veterans homes.
8.34This is a onetime appropriation.
9.1By January 15, 2009, the commissioner shall
9.2report to the chair and ranking minority
9.3member of each committee in the senate and
9.4house of representatives with jurisdiction
9.5over the policy and finance of veterans affairs
9.6regarding activities and expenditures under
9.7this program, including an explanation of the
9.8role of staff of the Department of Veterans
9.9Affairs in administering this program.
9.10$338,000 is a reduction in fiscal year
9.112009 from the special revenue fund
9.12appropriation from the account established
9.13in Minnesota Statutes, section 190.19. The
9.14base appropriation in fiscal years 2010 and
9.152011 is $0.
|Subd. 2.Appropriations by Purpose
9.18$500,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for military
9.19reservist economic injury loans under
9.20Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.996, if
9.22$500,000 in fiscal year 2009 is for
9.23expenditures related to dislocated workers
9.24who are eligible veterans under Minnesota
9.25Statutes, section 116L.17, subdivision 1,
9.26paragraph (c), clause (6), if enacted.
|Sec. 5. DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 168.1255, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
9.31 Subd. 6. World War II memorial donation match account. Money remaining
9.32in the World War II memorial donation match account after the state share of the
9.33construction costs of the World War II memorial has been paid in full is appropriated to the
9.34commissioner of veterans affairs for services and programs for veterans and their families.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 190.19, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Establishment.
The Minnesota "Support Our Troops" account is
established in the special revenue fund. The account shall consist of contributions from
private sources and appropriations. Money in the account is appropriated in equal shares
10.5to the Department of Military Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
10.6EFFECTIVE DATE.Notwithstanding Laws 2007, chapter 45, articles 2, section 1,
10.7and 3, section 2, subdivision 3, this section is effective for distribution of the Minnesota
10.8"Support Our Troops" account the day following final enactment.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 190.19, is amended by adding a subdivision
10.11 Subd. 2a. Uses; veterans. Money appropriated to the Department of Veterans
10.12Affairs from the Minnesota "Support Our Troops" account may be used for:
10.13 (1) grants to veterans service organizations; and
10.14 (2) outreach to underserved veterans.
Sec. 4. Laws 2007, chapter 45, article 2, section 1, is amended to read:
|Section 1. VETERANS AFFAIRS
|Appropriations by Fund
(a) $1,000,000 each year is added to the
base for state soldier's assistance under
Minnesota Statutes, section
. If the
10.24appropriation for this purpose for either year
10.25is insufficient, the appropriation for the other
10.26year is available for it.
(b) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
the second year are added to the base for
grants to counties under the terms of this
section. The commissioner shall issue a
request for proposals for grants to enhance
the benefits, programs, and services provided
to veterans. The request must specify that
priority will be given to proposals that meet
the programmatic goals established by the
commissioner, including proposals that will:
(1) provide the most effective outreach to
(2) reintegrate combat veterans into society;
(3) collaborate with other social service
agencies, educational institutions, and other
relevant community resources;
(4) reduce homelessness among veterans;
(5) provide measurable outcomes.
The commissioner may provide incentives
to encourage, and may give priority to
proposals that foster, regional collaboration
for service delivery. The grants may be for a
term of up to two years. The commissioner
shall ensure that grants are made throughout
all regions of the state and shall develop a
description of best practices for the use of
these grants. A county may not reduce its
county veterans service officer budget by any
amount received as a grant under this section.
Grants made under this section are in addition
to and not subject to the requirements for
grants made under Minnesota Statutes,
. The Minnesota Association
of County Veterans Service Officers may
apply for grants under this section beginning
July 1, 2007. Any balance remaining after
the first year does not cancel and is available
in the second year. This appropriation must
be included in the appropriation base through
fiscal year 2011.
(c) $750,000 each year is for tribal veterans
(d) $750,000 each year is for a grant to the
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.
This is a onetime appropriation.
(e) $200,000 each year is for marketing
veterans outreach programs. This is a
(f) $250,000 each year is added to the base
for grants to Disabled American Veterans,
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of
America, and other congressionally chartered
veterans service organizations designated by
(g) $450,000 the first year and $450,000
the second year are for the higher education
veterans assistance program under Minnesota
. This appropriation
must be included in the agency appropriation
base through fiscal year 2011.
(h) $100,000 each year is for information
(i) $75,000 each year is for operations at the
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little
(j) $250,000 each year is for administration
of veterans programming. This appropriation
includes money for the biennium for
an ombudsman for residents and family
members of residents at the Minneapolis
Veterans' Home. The ombudsman must
attend all meetings of the Veterans Homes
Board and provide a report at each
meeting regarding the status of concerns
communicated to the ombudsman.
(k) $100,000 each year is for compensation
for honor guards at the funerals of veterans
in accordance with the program established
in Minnesota Statutes, section
is a onetime appropriation.
(l) $52,000 the first year is for spousal
education benefits in accordance with
Minnesota Statutes, section
appropriation is available until June 30, 2009.
(m) $100,000 each year is for information
and outreach regarding the availability of
depleted uranium testing. The commissioner
shall collaborate with the adjutant general
to identify service members and veterans
who may have been exposed to expended
depleted uranium and to provide them with
information regarding depleted uranium
screening services provided by the federal
government. This is a onetime appropriation.
(n) $250,000 the first year is for grants to
assist World War II veterans in attending the
dedication of the Minnesota World War II
Memorial in St. Paul on June 9, 2007, and for
other expenses of the dedication event. The
commissioner may spend only that portion
of this sum for which a matching amount,
whether in cash or in kind, is donated by
nongovernmental sources for this purpose.
This appropriation is available immediately.
(o) $80,000 the first year is for suicide
prevention and psychological support for
veterans. Of this amount, $50,000 is for a
study by the commissioner and the adjutant
general of the psychological status and
needs of returning Minnesota veterans,
and $30,000 is for a telephone hotline to
refer veterans to available psychological
counseling services. The commissioner
may use this appropriation to supplement
an existing informational hotline service
within the department, or may collaborate
with any other provider of compatible,
existing hotline services for this purpose.
The referral hotline must be available to
veterans statewide at all practicable hours.
The commissioner must broadly publicize
the availability of the telephone hotline
and any local, state, and federal counseling
services for Minnesota veterans using all
practicable means available, including but
not limited to: the agency Web site; local
media announcements; announcements in
service and trade publications; and any other
practical means of communication.
The commissioner may spend up to two
percent of this appropriation for development
of special informational materials, such
as refrigerator magnets, wallet cards, and
other devices on which hotline numbers
may be kept for immediate use. The
commissioner also may accept and spend
other contributions from nongovernmental
sources for this purpose. This is a onetime
(p) $338,000 each year is from the account
in the special revenue fund established in
Minnesota Statutes, section
, for (1)
grants to veterans service organizations; and
(2) outreach to underserved veterans. Any
balance in the first year does not cancel and
is available in the second year.
Sec. 5. DISCONTINUATION OF ETHANOL PRODUCER PAYMENTS.
15.4 Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the commissioner of agriculture shall
15.5discontinue payments under Minnesota Statutes, section 41A.09, including deficiency
15.6payments, to any ethanol producer that ceased operations and declared bankruptcy in 2004.