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Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget

Buget Governor Baker's FY16 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, March 4, Governor Charlie Baker released his first state budget proposal as governor. In an effort to close a projected $1.8 billion budget deficit, Baker's $38.1 billion budget limits spending increases to 3%, which is less than projected tax revenue growth of 4.8%. The plan curbs state spending at MassHealth, and provides modest increases for local aid, education, and transportation.

The Department of Early Education and Care and its programs are funded at $529.36 million. Most of EEC's programs were level-funded relative to FY15 current (post-9C) spending levels, including Access Management, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grants, UPK grants, and early childhood mental health. The Income Eligible waitlist line item (3000-4040), funded at $15 million in each of the past two fiscal years was not funded, however Supportive Child Care, which provides early education for children referred by the Department of Children and Families, received an increase. The governor's proposal does not include a rate increase for early educator salaries and benefits. In addition, full-day kindergarten grants were not funded, representing a $18.59 million cut from current fiscal year spending levels.

The Partnership Schools Network line item (7061-9408), a fund to support Level 4 and 5 underperforming schools and districts, saw an increase and new budget language allowing early education and care partnerships as an allowable component of local proposals.

See below for a complete listing of early education and care line items in the state budget. Stay tuned for updates in the months ahead as the House and Senate release their budget proposals.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

K1 Classroom Grant Program (3000-5025)
FY15 GAA: $1,000,000
FY15 Current: $0
FY16 Governor: $0

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

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

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

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

Parent Child Home Program (3000-7060)
FY15 GAA: PCHP funded under 3000-7050
FY15 Current: PCHP funded under 3000-7050
FY16 Governor: PCHP funded under 3000-7050

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

Kindergarten Expansion Grants (7030-1002)
FY15 GAA: $23,948,947
FY15 Current: $18,948,947
FY16 Governor: $0

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)

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

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (1599-0042)
FY15 GAA: $6,573,571
FY15 Current: $6,573,571
FY16 Governor: $0

 

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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