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Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget

Buget Governor Patrick signs FY15 Budget into law

On Friday, July 11, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the $36.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2015. The budget includes more than $534 million for early education and care, including $15 million in new spending for serving an estimated 1,700 children on the state's Income Eligible waiting list, a $6.57 million rate reserve for early educator salaries and benefits, a $1 million increase for Head Start programs, and a new $1 million pre-k classroom grant program. Core quality support programs were preserved with level funding, including Universal Pre-K grants, Full-Day Kindergarten, and the Early Childhood Educator Scholarship. The FY15 budget represents the largest funding increase for early education since 2008.

In a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives on the day of the budget signing, Governor Patrick stated, "Even in the face of the most significant economic and fiscal challenges in generations, we have shared an unshakeable commitment to investing in education, from early education through higher education, recognizing that education is the foundation for opportunity and economic mobility."

[See below for a complete listing of early education and care line items in the state budget.]

For more information on early education in the state budget, contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org

 

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY14 GAA: $12,844,972
FY14 Current: $12,929,000
FY15 Governor: $13,666,015
FY15 HWM: $13,256,558
FY15 House Final: $13,256,558
FY15 SWM: $13,365,851
FY15 Senate Final: $13,365,851
FY15 Conference Committee: $13,365,851
FY15 Final Budget: $13,365,851

2-Year Study, Supplemental Research (3000-1050)
FY14 GAA: $500,000 (under 1599-0500)
FY15 Governor: not funded
FY15 House Final: not funded
FY15 SWM: $385,000
FY15 Senate Final: $385,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $385,000
FY15 Final Budget: $385,000

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY14 GAA: $5,873,862
FY15 Governor: $5,873,862
FY15 HWM: $5,873,862
FY15 House Final: $5,873,862
FY15 SWM: $6,503,861
FY15 Senate Final: $6,503,861
FY15 Conference Committee: $6,503,861
FY15 Final Budget: $6,503,861

Supportive Child Care (3000-3050)
FY14 GAA: $76,991,445
FY15 Governor: $81,241,142
FY15 HWM: $79,730,057
FY15 House Final: $79,730,057
FY15 SWM: $80,566,429
FY15 Senate Final: $80,566,429
FY15 Conference Committee: $79,730,057
FY15 Final Budget: $79,730,057

Income Eligible Waitlist Reduction (3000-4040)
FY15 Governor: $15,000,000
FY15 HWM: $7,500,000
FY15 House Final: $10,000,000
FY15 SWM: $17,500,000
FY15 Senate Final: $17,500,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $15,000,000
FY15 Final Budget: $15,000,000

TANF (3000-4050)
FY14 GAA: $128,063,499
FY15 Governor: $136,549,668
FY15 HWM: $133,477,300
FY15 House Final: $133,477,300
FY15 SWM: $130,796,319
FY15 Senate Final: $130,796,319
FY15 Conference Committee: $133,477,300
FY15 Final Budget: $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
FY15 House Final: $241,894,678
FY15 SWM: $241,894,678
FY15 Senate Final: $241,894,678
FY15 Conference Committee: $241,894,678
FY15 Final Budget: $241,894,678

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

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY14 GAA: $8,100,000
FY15 Governor: $8,100,000
FY15 HWM: $8,100,000
FY15 House Final: $8,100,000
FY15 SWM: $8,100,000
FY15 Senate Final: $9,100,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $9,100,000
FY15 Final Budget: $9,100,000

K1 Classroom Grant Program (3000-5025)
FY15 Governor: $2,000,000
FY15 HWM: not funded
FY15 House Final: not funded
FY15 SWM: $1,000,000
FY15 Senate Final: $1,000,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $1,000,000
FY15 Final Budget: $1,000,000

MA Universal Pre-Kindergarten (3000-5075)
FY14 GAA: $7,500,000
FY15 Governor: $7,500,000
FY15 HWM: $7,500,000
FY15 House Final: $7,500,000
FY15 SWM: $6,500,000
FY15 Senate Final: $6,500,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $7,500,000
FY15 Final Budget: $7,500,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY14 GAA: $750,000
FY15 Governor: $750,000
FY15 HWM: $750,000
FY15 House Final: $750,000
FY15 SWM: $750,000
FY15 Senate Final: $750,000
FY15 Conference Committee:
$750,000
FY15 Final Budget: $750,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY15 Governor: $200,000
FY15 HWM: $200,000
FY15 House Final: $200,000
FY15 SWM: $200,000
FY15 Senate Final: $200,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $200,000
FY15 Final Budget: $200,000

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
FY14 GAA: $18,164,890
FY15 Governor: $18,164,890
FY15 HWM: $16,164,890
FY15 House Final: $18,464,890
FY15 SWM: $15,526,078
FY15 Senate Final: $15,526,078
FY15 Conference Committee: $18,464,890
FY15 Final Budget: $18,464,890

Parent Child Home Program (3000-7060)
FY15 Governor: PCHP funded under 3000-7050
FY15 House: PCHP funded under 3000-7050
FY15 SWM: $1,638,812
FY15 Senate Final: $1,638,812
FY15 Conference Committee: PCHP funded under 3000-7050
FY15 Final Budget: PCHP funded under 3000-7050

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY14 GAA: $800,000
FY15 Governor: $800,000
FY15 HWM: $800,000
FY15 House Final: $800,000
FY15 SWM: $700,000
FY15 Senate Final: $700,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $700,000
FY15 Final Budget: $700,000

Information Technology for Quality Rating and Improvement System (7009-1710)
FY15 Governor: $2,500,000
FY15 HWM: not funded
FY15 House Final: not funded
FY15 SWM: not funded
FY15 Senate Final: not funded

Kindergarten Expansion Grants (7030-1002)
FY14 GAA: $23,948,947
FY15 Governor: $27,048,947
FY15 HWM: $23,948,947
FY15 House Final: $23,948,947
FY15 SWM: $20,000,000
FY15 Senate Final: $20,000,000
FY15 Conference Committee: $23,948,947
FY15 Final Budget: $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
FY15 House Final: $91,607,756
FY15 SWM: $91,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY15 Senate Final: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY15 Conference Committee: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship
FY15 Final Budget: $93,607,756 Language preserves FY14 funding levels for ECE Scholarship

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (1599-0042)
FY14 GAA: $11,500,000, funded in outside section 145
FY15 Governor: not funded
FY15 HWM: not funded
FY15 House Final: not funded
FY15 SWM: not funded
FY15 Senate Final: $9,710,356
FY15 Conference Committee: $6,573,571
FY15 Final Budget: $6,573,571

 

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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