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Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

State Budget

House Ways & Means FY18 Budget
On Monday, April 10, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its  state budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. The $40.3 billion budget represents a 3.8 percent increase over current year spending.

For early education and care, the House provides $10 million more than Governor Baker's proposal released in January. House funding includes a $15 million rate increase to help address the workforce crisis in early education and care. Chairman Dempsey highlighted this increase in his letter to House members:

"Under the leadership of Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, the House Ways and Means budget prioritizes funding for early education and care with a focus on quality. The budget proposes a $15 million rate reserve for early educators. The rate reserve combined with other investments in the early education accounts will help to raise salaries and allow providers to recruit and retain high quality staff. This new funding ensures that Massachusetts’s youngest residents are receiving the best possible care during these highly formative years. "

In addition, the House proposal provides $2.5 million for early childhood mental health supports, and $700,000 for Reach Out and Read which was not funded in the governor's budget.

See below for specific line items and funding levels. House members have until Thursday, April 13 at 5pm to file budget amendments, which will be debated the week of April 24. For more budget information contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, (617) 330-7387.

 

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (3000-1042)
FY16 GAA: $5,000,000 [line item 1599-0042]
FY17 GAA: $12,500,000 [line item 1599-0042]
FY18 Governor: $7,000,000
FY18 House Ways & Means: $15,000,000

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY16 GAA: $13,719,920
FY17 GAA: $5,666,766 [$6.75 million transferred to 3000-1020]
FY17 9C cuts: -$25,000
FY18 Governor: $5,686,617
FY18 House Ways & Means: $5,686,618

Quality Improvement (3000-1020)
FY17 GAA: $32,396,637 [includes $4 million earmark for QRIS]
FY18 Governor: $31,962,455
FY18 House Ways & Means: $30,712,455 [includes $4 million earmark for QRIS]

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

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY16 GAA: $219,907,383
FY17 GAA: $219,416,800
FY18 Governor:
$223,198,540
FY18 House Ways & Means: $223,198,540

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY16 GAA: $252,944,993
FY17 GAA: $252,453,572 [Inclusive Preschool grants transferred to 3000-1020]
FY18 Governor: $255,389,495
FY18 House Ways & Means: $255,389,342

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY16 GAA: $9,100,000
FY17 GAA: $9,100,000
FY18 Governor: $9,100,000
FY18 House 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 Governor: Not funded
FY18 House Ways & Means: Not funded

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

Family Mentoring Pilot Program (3000-7000)
FY17 GAA: $100,000
FY17 9C Cuts: -$100,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY16 GAA: $200,000
FY17 GAA: $170,000
FY18 Governor: $161,893
FY18 House 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 Governor: $13,441,999
FY18 House Ways & Means: $13,441,999

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY16 GAA: $1,000,000
FY17 GAA: $1,000,000
FY17 9C Cuts: -$1,000,000
FY18 Governor: Not funded
FY18 House Ways & Means: $700,000

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
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 Governor: $95,599,324
FY18 House Ways & Means: $96,599,324 [language preserves FY17 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]

 

Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Budget Timeline
FY18 starts on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

Governor’s Budget
January 2017

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 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee reviews House 1 and then develops its own budget recommendations.

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House Budget
May 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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, 2017

July 1, 2017, the first day of the 2018 Fiscal Year, the FY18 budget becomes effective.

 
 
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