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Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget

State Budget

Senate Ways and Means Committee releases FY19 state budget proposal
On Thursday, May 10, Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka released a $41.42 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. The Senate budget is slightly higher than Governor Baker's proposal, and slightly lower than the House budget.

For early education and care, the Senate budget invests $5 million in preschool expansion (line item 3000-6025), increases funds for child care resource and referral agencies (3000-2000) and level funds most other programs. Unlike the House, the Senate budget does not include a rate reserve for early educator salaries.

The Senate budget's executive summary states: "Skills learned in early childhood directly impact future academic achievement and personal and economic success. The Committee’s budget invests in kids beginning at birth and seeks to remove barriers to access and quality care."

The Senate will debate amendments to the budget on May 22. Senators have filed amendments for the early educator rate reserve, Head Start, Reach Out and Read and more. Click here to send a message to your state senator in support of early education amendments.

See below for a complete list of early education line items. For more information contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, (617) 330-7387.

 

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (3000-1042)
FY16 GAA (General Appropriations Act): $5,000,000 [line item 1599-0042]
FY17 GAA: $12,500,000 [line item 1599-0042]
FY18 GAA: $15,000,000
FY19 Governor: not funded
FY19 House: $20,000,000
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: not funded

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY16 GAA: $13,719,920
FY17 GAA: $5,666,766 [$6.75 million transferred to 3000-1020]
FY18 GAA: $5,761,617 [includes earmarks for local early ed. programming: $50,000 for Pittsfield and $25,000 for Cambridge]
FY19 Governor: $5,917,993
FY19 House: $5,916,677
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $5,917,993

Quality Improvement (3000-1020)
FY17 GAA: $32,396,637 [includes $4 million earmark for QRIS]
FY18 GAA: $30,112,455 [includes earmarks: $4 million for QRIS and $100,000 for early ed. workforce study by UMass Boston]
FY19 Governor: $30,376,619
FY19 House: $30,372,353 [includes $4 million earmark for QRIS]
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $30,376,619

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY16 GAA: $6,675,311
FY17 GAA: $6,675,311
FY18 GAA: $6,675,311
FY19 Governor: $6,675,311
FY19 House: $7,175,311
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $8,675,311

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY16 GAA: $219,907,383
FY17 GAA: $219,416,800
FY18 GAA: $222,098,540 [includes $100,000 earmark for Springfield Day Nursery]
FY19 Governor: $235,764,117
FY19 House: $235,764,117
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $235,764,117

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY16 GAA: $252,944,993
FY17 GAA: $252,453,572 [Inclusive Preschool grants transferred to 3000-1020]
FY18 GAA: $255,389,342
FY19 Governor: $270,120,452
FY19 House: $270,120,452
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $270,120,452

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY16 GAA: $9,100,000
FY17 GAA: $9,100,000
FY18 GAA: $9,100,000
FY19 Governor: $9,100,000
FY19 House: $9,600,000
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $9,100,000

MA Universal Pre-Kindergarten (3000-5075)
FY16 GAA: $7,400,000
FY17 GAA: Transferred to 3000-1020

Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-6025)
FY16 GAA: $500,000
FY17 GAA: $200,000
FY18 GAA: $200,000
FY19 Governor: not funded
FY19 House: not funded
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $5,000,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY16 GAA: $750,000
FY17 GAA: Transferred to 3000-1020
FY18 GAA: $2,500,000
FY19 Governor: $2,500,000
FY19 House: $2,500,000
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $2,500,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY16 GAA: $200,000
FY17 GAA: $170,000
FY18 GAA: $161,893
FY19 Governor: $161,893
FY19 House: $161,893
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $161,893

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
FY16 GAA: $21,314,890
FY17 GAA: $13,441,999 [$7.87 million transferred to 3000-1020]
FY18 GAA: $13,541,999 [includes $100,000 increase for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY19 Governor: $13,541,999
FY19 House Ways & Means: $13,442,000
FY19 House Final: $13,542,000 [includes $100,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $13,442,000

Workforce Development Initiative (3000-7066)
FY19 House: $8,500,000
For professional development and higher education opportunities and supports for early educators to be coordinated through the department in conjunction with the Massachusetts community colleges; provided, that programming shall focus on the statewide recruitment and training needs specific to the early education and care workforce, encourage opportunities for career advancement and retention, and incorporate early education and care stakeholder, employer and industry collaboration; and provided further, that professional development opportunities shall be consistent with the core competencies and career pathways established by the department, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Early Education and Care Workforce Council established in section 32 of this act.
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: not funded

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY16 GAA: $1,000,000
FY17 GAA: $1,000,000
FY17 9C Cuts: -$1,000,000
FY18 GAA: $1,000,000
FY19 Governor: $1,000,000
FY19 House: $1,000,000
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: not funded

Kindergarten Expansion Grants (7030-1002)
FY16 GAA: $18,589,713
FY17 GAA: not funded

Massachusetts State Scholarship Program (7070-0065)
funds Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, estimated $3.2 million annually.
FY16 GAA: $95,607,756 [language preserves FY15 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY17 GAA: $95,632,559 [language preserves FY16 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY18 GAA: $95,853,324 [language preserves FY17 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY19 Governor: $103,511,797
FY19 House Ways & Means: $103,511,798 [language preserves FY18 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY19 House Final: $103,686,798 [language preserves FY18 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY19 Senate Ways & Means: $95,591,449 [language preserves FY18 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]

 

Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Budget Timeline
FY18 starts on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Governor’s Budget
January 2018

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

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House Ways & Means Budget
April 2018

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

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House Budget
May 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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, 2018

July 1, 2018, the first day of the 2019 Fiscal Year, the FY19 budget becomes effective.

 
 
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