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Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget

State Budget

Senate passes FY20 budget
On Thursday, May 23, the Massachusetts Senate passed a $42.8 billion state budget for fiscal year 2020, after adding $74 million in amendments. During debate, most amendments for early education and care were either withdrawn or voted down. This includes amendments for an early educator rate increase, and preschool expansion grant funding. The amendments that did pass totaled $2.6 million, and added small amounts of funding for specific programs - East End House in Cambridge, Community Action Agency of Somerville, Square One in Springfield, Nurtury in Boston, Jumpstart, and Parent-Child Home Program - as well as funding for statewide resource and referral agencies [Access Management, 3000-2000].

The final Senate budget provides $16.6 million less for early education than the House budget.

To reconcile differences between House and Senate budgets, a six-member conference committee will begin negotiation soon. Check back for advocacy opportunities.

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

EEC funding trends chart, FY09-FY19 [pdf]

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
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 Final Budget (GAA): $6,041,677 [includes $100,000 for Jumpstart; $25,000 for East End House in Cambridge]
FY20 Governor: $6,172,055
FY20 House Ways & Means: $6,172,055
FY20 House Final: $6,572,055 [includes $50,000 for East Boston Social Centers, $250,000 for Ellis Memorial Early Education Center, and $100,000 for More Than Words]
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $6,172,055
FY20 Senate Final: $6,447,055 [includes $25,000 for East End House in Cambridge, $50,000 for Community Action Agency of Somerville, $50,000 for Springfield Day Nursery Corporation, and $150,000 for Jumpstart]

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 Final Budget (GAA): $30,372,353 [includes $4 million for QRIS]
FY20 Governor: $39,143,988
FY20 House Ways & Means: $36,597,159 [includes $4 million for QRIS]
FY20 House Final: $36,797,159 [includes $4 million for QRIS]
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $39,143,988
FY20 Senate Final: $39,443,053 [includes $300,000 for Nurtury, Inc.]

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (3000-1042)
FY17 GAA: $12,500,000 [line item 1599-0042]
FY18 GAA: $15,000,000
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $20,000,000
FY20 Governor: not funded
FY20 House Ways & Means: $20,000,000
FY20 House Final: $20,000,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: not funded
FY20 Senate Final: not funded

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY17 GAA: $6,675,311
FY18 GAA: $6,675,311
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $8,675,311
FY20 Governor: $8,675,311
FY20 House Ways & Means: $8,675,311
FY20 House Final: $8,675,311
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $8,675,311
FY20 Senate Final: $10,086,311 [includes $1 million to reduce subsidy management caseload ratios based on national ratio standards]

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY17 GAA: $219,416,800
FY18 GAA: $222,098,540 [includes $100,000 earmark for Springfield Day Nursery]
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $235,814,117 [includes $50,000 for Springfield Day Nursery]
FY20 Governor: $275,987,080
FY20 House Ways & Means: $275,987,080
FY20 House Final: $275,987,080
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $275,987,080
FY20 Senate Final: $275,987,080

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY17 GAA: $252,453,572 [Inclusive Preschool grants transferred to 3000-1020]
FY18 GAA: $255,389,342
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $270,120,452
FY20 Governor: $276,480,376
FY20 House Ways & Means: $276,480,376
FY20 House Final: $276,480,376
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $276,480,376
FY20 Senate Final: $276,480,376

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY17 GAA: $9,100,000
FY18 GAA: $9,100,000
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $9,600,000
FY20 Governor: $9,600,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: $10,500,000
FY20 House Final: $10,500,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $12,000,000
FY20 Senate Final: $12,000,000

Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-6025)
FY16 GAA: $500,000
FY17 GAA: $200,000
FY18 GAA: $200,000
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $5,000,000
FY20 Governor: $2,500,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: not funded
FY20 House Final: not funded
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $5,000,000
FY20 Senate Final: $5,000,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY17 GAA: Transferred to 3000-1020
FY18 GAA: $2,500,000
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $2,500,000
FY20 Governor: $2,500,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: $2,500,000
FY20 House Final: $2,500,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $2,500,000
FY20 Senate Final: $2,500,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY17 GAA: $170,000
FY18 GAA: $161,893
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $161,893
FY20 Governor: $161,893
FY20 House Ways & Means: $161,893
FY20 House Final: $161,893
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $161,893
FY20 Senate Final: $161,893

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
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 Final Budget (GAA): $13,742,000 [includes $200,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY20 Governor: $13,442,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: $14,042,000 [includes $500,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY20 House Final: $14,042,000 [includes $500,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $13,442,000
FY20 Senate Final: $14,042,000 [not less than $300,000 more than fiscal year 2019 shall be expended on the Parent-Child Home Program]

Neighborhood Villages pilot (3000-7055)
FY20 House Ways & Means: $1,000,000
FY20 House Final: $1,000,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: not funded
FY20 Senate Final:
not funded

Workforce Development Initiative (3000-7066)
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 79 of this act.
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $10,000,000, see section 79.
FY20 Governor: $5,000,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: $5,000,000
FY20 House Final: $5,000,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: not funded
FY20 Senate Final: not funded

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY17 GAA: $1,000,000
FY17 9C Cuts: -$1,000,000
FY18 GAA: $1,000,000
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $1,000,000
FY20 Governor: $1,000,000
FY20 House Ways & Means: $1,000,000
FY20 House Final: $1,000,000
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: not funded
FY20 Senate Final:
not funded

Massachusetts State Scholarship Program (7070-0065)
funds Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, estimated $3.2 million annually.
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 Final Budget (GAA): $103,386,798 [language preserves FY18 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY20 Governor: $103,747,479
FY20 House Ways & Means: $105,000,000 [language preserves FY19 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY20 House Final: $105,200,000 [language preserves FY19 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY20 Senate Ways & Means: $103,747,934 [language preserves FY19 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY20 Senate Final: $104,147,934 [language preserves FY19 funding levels for ECE Scholarship; provides $300,000 for The Washington Center, and $100,000 for Northern Essex Community College]

 

Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Budget Timeline
FY20 starts on July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Governor’s Budget
January 2019

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 2019

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

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House Budget
May 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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, 2019

July 1, 2019, the first day of the 2020 Fiscal Year, the FY20 budget becomes effective.

 
 
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