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Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget

Buget House Ways and Means Releases FY2015 State Budget Recommendation

In January, Governor Patrick released his $36.4 billion state budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The governor’s plan included $531.74 million for programs administered by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), including $15 million in new funds to provide program access to preschool age children on the state’s Income Eligible waitlist.

On April 9, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its FY15 budget. The proposal includes $515.25 million for EEC and its programs, which is less than the governor’s proposal, but still a modest increase relative to FY14 appropriation levels. Increases are distributed primarily across the traditional three early education access accounts (Supportive, TANF, Income Eligible) as well as $7.5 million in a separate Income Eligible waitlist reduction account. The Governor’s proposal for K1 pre-kindergarten classroom grants ($2 million) was not funded in the House Ways and Means budget. Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050) which funds EEC’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grants was cut by $2 million. In addition, the House Ways and Means budget provides level funding relative to FY14 appropriations for several key programs including Universal Pre-K, Head Start, Access Management, Mental Health, and Reach Out and Read. [See below for a complete listing of early education and care line items in the state budget, including the final FY14 funding levels in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).]

In a State House News story from April 9, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said that there would be an opportunity for lawmakers to debate whether they’d like to commit additional resources to early education. He said, “We always want to do more and we did our very best out of the gate, but my good friends and colleagues behind me and those who will be debating the budget the week of the 28th will continue to try to improve upon the document and improve upon the proposal, but I think we are clearly committing to all areas of education.”

The House budget debate is scheduled to take place the week of April 28. Representatives have until Friday, April 11 at 5pm to file amendments to the House Ways and Means budget. Stay tuned for information about amendments and what you can do to support young children and families.

 

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY14 GAA: $12,844,972
FY14 Current: $12,929,000
FY15 Governor: $13,666,015
FY15 HWM: $13,256,558

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY14 GAA: $5,873,862
FY15 Governor: $5,873,862
FY15 HWM: $5,873,862

Supportive Child Care (3000-3050)
FY14 GAA: $76,991,445
FY15 Governor: $81,241,142
FY15 HWM: $79,730,057

Birth through Preschool (3000-4040)
FY15 Governor: $15,000,000
FY15 HWM: $7,500,000

TANF (3000-4050)
FY14 GAA: $128,063,499
FY15 Governor: $136,549,668
FY15 HWM: $133,477,300

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY14 GAA: $214,340,742
FY14 Current: $222,840,742
FY15 Governor: $241,894,678
FY15 HWM: $241,894,678

Income Eligible Waitlist Reduction (3000-4070)
FY14 GAA: $15,000,000
FY15 Governor: funding annualized into 3000-4060
FY15 HWM: funding annualized into 3000-4060

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY14 GAA: $8,100,000
FY15 Governor: $8,100,000
FY15 HWM: $8,100,000

K1 Classroom Grant Program (3000-5025)
FY15 Governor: $2,000,000
FY15 HWM: not funded

MA Universal Pre-Kindergarten (3000-5075)
FY14 GAA: $7,500,000
FY15 Governor: $7,500,000
FY15 HWM: $7,500,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY14 GAA: $750,000
FY15 Governor: $750,000
FY15 HWM: $750,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY15 Governor: $200,000
FY15 HWM: $200,000

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
FY14 GAA: $18,164,890
FY15 Governor: $18,164,890
FY15 HWM: $16,164,890

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY14 GAA: $800,000
FY15 Governor: $800,000
FY15 HWM: $800,000

Quality Rating and Improvement System (7009-1710)
FY15 Governor: $2,500,000
FY15 HWM: not funded

Kindergarten Expansion Grants (7030-1002)
FY14 GAA: $23,948,947
FY15 Governor: $27,048,947
FY15 HWM: $23,948,947

Massachusetts State Scholarship Program (7070-0065)
funds Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
FY14 GAA: $90,607,756 Language preserves FY13 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY15 Governor: $90,699,138
FY15 HWM: $91,607,756

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (Outside Section)
FY14 GAA: $11,500,000, funded in outside section 145
FY15 Governor: not funded
FY15 HWM: not funded

 

Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) Budget Timeline
FY15 starts on July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015

Governor’s Budget
January 2014

The budget begins as a bill that Governor Patrick submits to the House of Representatives, referred to as House 2.

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House Ways & Means Budget
April 2014

The House Ways and Means Committee reviews House 2 and then develops its own budget recommendations.

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House Budget
May 2014

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 2014

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 2014

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 2014

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 2014

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, 2014

July 1, 2014, the first day of the 2015 Fiscal Year, the FY15 budget becomes effective.

 
 
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