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Private Special Education Tuition Rate Freeze

SECTION 169.   Notwithstanding section 22N of chapter 7 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the bureau of purchased services within the operational services division shall set prices in fiscal year 2013 for programs under chapter 71B of the General Laws at the same level calculated for fiscal year 2012, except the prices for those programs for extraordinary relief, as defined by the division's regulations; provided, however, that upon the request of a program, the bureau shall determine the minimum price for out-of-state purchasers by identifying the most recent price calculated for the program and applying the estimated rate of inflation, established by October 1 of each year under said section 22N of said chapter 7, in a compounded manner for each fiscal year following the most recent calculated price. The bureau shall accept and process applications for program reconstruction for fiscal year 2013 to be considered for rate adjustment in fiscal year 2014. Programs for which prices in fiscal year 2012 were lower than the full amount permitted by the operational services division may, in fiscal year 2013, change the full prices calculated for fiscal year 2012.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because it is inconsistent with the reasonable budgetary expectations of private special education schools and with increased special education funding for public schools provided in this Act.