Glossary

Agency Code – unique three-digit code that is assigned to each state agency/Commission/educational institution

Amendment – change in dollars and/or positions and/or language to a Program Item in the Budget

Budget Item – a unique program (or project) relating to a state agency that has allocated dollars for the first year and second year.

Capital Project Expenses – itemizes the dollar amounts appropriated  for one-time costs of building, improving, or repairing government facilities

Chapter – final version of the Budget Bill that becomes an Act of Assembly

Committee Action – action by which the Committee determines the fate of a bill

Conference Committee – appointed members of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia who meet to resolve the differences between the two body’s Floor Approved Amendments

Enrolled – version of the Introduced Budget that incorporates Amendments that have been agreed to by the General Assembly

Enacting Clause – the language of the budget stating what is being amended, appropriations summary information, and what the bill will be known as

FTE – Full-Time Equivalent [Employee] -  a method of calculating employment and enrollment to adjust for part-time or part-year participation

Fund Sourcea unique type of fund that identifies where a Budget Item has dollars appropriated from

General Funds (GF) – revenue that is not designated for a particular purpose – derived from individual income taxes; corporate income taxes, sales and use taxes; insurance premium taxes; recordation taxes; public service gross receipts taxes; and miscellaneous taxes

General Conditions – the language of the budget outlining Capital Projects, including authorizations, expenditures and conditions.

Governor’s Recommendations – as set forth in the Constitution of Virginia [Section 6, Article V, (iii)] the Governor may recommend one or more specific and severable Amendments to a bill by returning it with his recommendation to the house in which it originated

House Appropriations Committee – standing Committee of the House of Delegates that considers the Budget Bill

Introduced – first version of the Budget that is filed in the House and/or Senate – Governor submits his version by December 20; however, other members of the House or Senate may introduce his/her own version

Language Only – Amendment that contains an instruction rather an appropriation of dollars and/or positions

Money Committees – refers to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees

Nongeneral Funds (NGF) – revenue that is earmarked for a specific purpose – derived from federal grants; institutional revenue; transportation taxes; unemployment taxes; business licenses; profits on sales of alcoholic beverages, sales of lottery tickets

Operating Expenses – expenses such as personal services (salaries and benefits for classified employees and hourly worker), contractual services, and supplies.

Position Level – maximum number of  (FTE) full-time equivalent employees that a state agency is authorized to employ

Program Code – unique five- or six-digit code that identifies the program from which general/non-general funds will be appropriated

Project Code – unique five-digit code that is assigned to each Capital project (example:  17632 – Project Code for New Construction:  Construct Residential Housing for Christopher Newport University [HB1400/Chapter 665/2015 Regular Session]

Reenrolled – version of the Budget passed by the General Assembly that incorporates Governor’s recommendations to the Enrolled Budget that have been agreed to by the General Assembly

Senate Finance Committee – standing Committee of the Senate of Virginia that considers the Budget Bill

Subcommittee Action – recommendation made to the full Committee – the full Committee may accept or reject the Subcommittee recommendation

Subprogram – a unique sub program that details where a Budget Item specifically will allocate dollars to

Veto – action by which the Governor does not approve a Bill, an Item, or an Amendment – Governor has the power to veto any particular Item or Items of an Appropriation Bill, but the veto shall not affect the Item or Items to which he does not object