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Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget

Buget Update: House Ways and Means releases its proposal for FY16

On Wednesday, April 15, The House Committee on Ways and Means released its FY16 state budget proposal. In an effort to close a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit, the $38 billion budget targets new investments in Local Aid, Mental Health services, and Early Education.

The Department of Early Education and Care and its programs are funded at $536 million, a $7 million increase over Governor Baker's proposal. There are modest increases for key EEC programs, including a $5 million Rate Reserve for early educators to support quality improvements, $5 million for the Income Eligible waitlist line item which will serve an additional 833 children currently on the waitlist, and a $2 million increase for Coordinated Family and Community Engagement with additional language to support quality. Click here for more information on the line item language.

The Kindergarten Expansion grants line item (7030-1002) was restored to its post-9c cuts funding amount of $18.59 million.

See below for a complete listing of early education and care line items in the state budget. Visit the House Ways & Means webpage for more information. Stay tuned for updates in the months ahead as the budget debate continues.

For more information on early education in the state budget, contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, or (617) 330-7387.

 

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY15 GAA: $13,365,851
FY15 Current: $13,024,555
FY16 Governor: $13,813,060
FY16 House Ways & Means: $13,719,920

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY15 GAA: $6,503,861
FY15 Current: $6,375,311
FY16 Governor: $6,375,311
FY16 House Ways & Means: $6,375,311

Supportive Child Care (3000-3050)
FY15 GAA: $79,730,057
FY15 Current: $79,730,057
FY16 Governor: $100,248,584
FY16 House Ways & Means: $100,248,584

Income Eligible Waitlist Reduction (3000-4040)
FY15 GAA: $15,000,000
FY15 Current: $14,600,000
FY16 Governor: $0
FY16 House Ways & Means: $5,000,000

TANF (3000-4050)
FY15 GAA: $133,477,300
FY15 Current: $131,354,300
FY16 Governor: $121,358,799
FY16 House Ways & Means: $121,358,799

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY15 GAA: $241,894,678
FY15 Current: $254,484,100
FY16 Governor: $252,944,993
FY16 House Ways & Means: $252,944,993

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY15 GAA: $9,100,000
FY15 Current: $8,100,000
FY16 Governor: $8,100,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $8,100,000

MA Universal Pre-Kindergarten (3000-5075)
FY15 GAA: $7,500,000
FY15 Current: $7,400,000
FY16 Governor: $7,400,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $7,400,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY15 GAA: $750,000
FY15 Current: $750,000
FY16 Governor: $750,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $750,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY15 GAA: $200,000
FY15 Current: $200,000
FY16 Governor: $200,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $200,000

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
FY15 GAA: $18,464,890
FY15 Current: $17,464,890
FY16 Governor: $17,464,890
FY16 House Ways & Means: $19,464,890

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY15 GAA: $700,000
FY15 Current: $700,000
FY16 Governor: $700,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $700,000

Kindergarten Expansion Grants (7030-1002)
FY15 GAA: $23,948,947
FY15 Current: $18,589,713
FY16 Governor: $0
FY16 House Ways & Means: $18,589,713

Partnership Schools Network (Targeted Intervention) (7061-9408)
FY15 GAA: $8,805,787
FY16 Governor: $17,483,679 (identifies early education partnerships as an allowable use of funds)
FY16 House Ways & Means: $7,938,413

Massachusetts State Scholarship Program (7070-0065)
funds Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
FY15 GAA: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY15 Current: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY16 Governor: $93,590,261
FY16 House Ways & Means: $94,607,756

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (1599-0042)
FY15 GAA: $6,573,571
FY15 Current: $6,573,571
FY16 Governor: $0
FY16 House Ways & Means: $5,000,000

 

Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Budget Timeline
FY16 starts on July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

Governor’s Budget
March 2015

The budget begins as a bill that Governor Baker submits to the House of Representatives, referred to as House 1.

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House Ways & Means Budget
April 2015

The House Ways and Means Committee reviews House 1 and then develops its own budget recommendations.

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House Budget
May 2015

The House Ways and Means budget is then debated, amended and voted on by the full House of Representatives, becoming the House budget bill.

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Senate Ways & Means Budget
May 2015

The House then passes its budget bill to the Senate. The Senate Ways and Means Committee reviews that version and develops its own recommendation.

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Senate Budget
May 2015

Once debated, amended and voted on by the Senate, it becomes the Senate's budget bill.

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House and Senate Conference Committee Budget
June 2015

House and Senate leadership assign members to a joint "conference committee" to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The conference committee then returns its compromise budget to the House for a vote. Once approved by the House, the budget goes to the Senate for its approval.

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Vetoes
July 2015

From there, the Senate passes the bill to the Governor who has ten days to review and approve it, or make vetoes recommendations, but may not add anything to the budget.

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Overrides

The House and Senate may vote to override the Governor's vetoes, with a two-thirds majority vote in each chamber.

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Final Budget
July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015, the first day of the 2016 Fiscal Year, the FY16 budget becomes effective.

 
 
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