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Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget

Buget Update: Senate Passes FY16 State Budget

Early on Friday, May 22, The Massachusetts Senate passed a $38.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2016. During budget debate, senators approved additional funding for the early education and care provider rate reserve, bringing the Senate total to $5.25 million. An amendment to add $1 million to Head Start was also adopted, bringing the Senate total to $10.1 million. In addition, an amendment was adopted to establish a new "Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative": $500,000 to help communities expand preschool access for 3-year-olds. Amendments to restore funding for full-day kindergarten grants were not adopted, leaving the final Senate budget total at $1 million for this grant program.

See below for a full listing of early education line items and how they compare across budget proposals.

The budget now moves to a 6-member conference committee which will negotiate differences between the House and Senate FY16 budgets before sending a final budget to Governor Baker. Stay tuned for next steps.

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
FY16 House Final: $13,719,920
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $13,813,060
FY16 Senate Final: $13,813,060

Research and Assessment of EEC Subsidy System (3000-1050)
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $300,000
FY16 Senate Final: $300,000

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
FY16 House Final: $6,375,311
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $6,675,311
FY16 Senate Final: $6,675,311

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
FY16 House Final: $100,248,584
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: consolidated into 3000-3060
FY16 Senate Final: consolidated into 3000-3060

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $222,107,383
FY16 Senate Final: $222,107,383

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
FY16 House Final: $5,000,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $12,000,000
FY16 Senate Final: $12,000,000

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
FY16 House Final: $121,358,799
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: consolidated into 3000-3060
FY16 Senate Final: consolidated into 3000-3060

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
FY16 House Final: $252,944,993
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $252,944,993
FY16 Senate Final: $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
FY16 House Final: $9,100,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $9,100,000
FY16 Senate Final: $10,100,000

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
FY16 House Final: $7,400,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $7,400,000
FY16 Senate Final: $7,400,000

Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-XXXX)
FY16 Senate Final: $500,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY15 GAA: $750,000
FY15 Current: $750,000
FY16 Governor: $750,000
FY16 House Ways & Means: $750,000
FY16 House Final: $750,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $750,000
FY16 Senate Final: $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
FY16 House Final: $200,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $200,000
FY16 Senate Final: $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
FY16 House Final: $21,314,890
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $19,464,890
FY16 Senate Final: $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
FY16 House Final: $1,000,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $750,000
FY16 Senate Final: $750,000

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
FY16 House Final: $18,589,713
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $1,000,000
FY16 Senate Final: $1,000,000

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
FY16 House Final: $7,938,413
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $7,580,375
FY16 Senate Final: $7,580,375

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
FY16 House Final: $95,607,756
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY15 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY16 Senate Final: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY15 funding levels for ECE Scholarship

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
FY16 House Final: $5,000,000
FY16 Senate Ways & Means: $2,500,000
FY16 Senate Final: $5,250,000

 

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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