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Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget

State Budget

Final budget highlights, budget signed into law
On July 8, a six-member legislative conference committee released its state budget for fiscal year 2022 (FY22). The budget totals $48.1 billion, and was bolstered by surging tax revenue collections in 2021, which allowed negotiators to revise upward the revenue estimate for FY22.

For early education and care, all line items received the higher funding amount between House and Senate budgets. This includes $20 million for a rate increase for center-based early educator salaries [line item 3000-1042], $8.95 million for EEC's parent fee sliding scale reserve [3000-1044], $12 million for child care resource and referral agencies [Access Management, 3000-2000], $10 million for the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative [3000-6025], and more.

Your advocacy has paid off! All $44 million at stake for early education and care was included in the conference committee budget.

The Legislature voted to pass the budget on Friday, July 9.

Update

On July 16, Governor Baker signed the budget into law, making no vetos to early education and care.
See below for final budget amounts, or contact Titus DosRemedios for more information.

Thank you for your advocacy in the FY22 state budget!

EEC Administration (3000-1000)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $6,041,677 [includes $100,000 for Jumpstart; $25,000 for East End House in Cambridge]
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $6,847,055 [includes $50,000 for East Boston Social Centers, $250,000 for Ellis Memorial Early Education Center, and $100,000 for More Than Words, $50,000 for Community Action Agency of Somerville, $25,000 for East End House in Cambridge, $50,000 for Springfield Day Nursery Corporation, and $150,000 for Jumpstart]
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $6,544,822 [includes $50,000 for Springfield Day Nursery Corporation, and $100,000 for Jumpstart]
FY22 Governor: $6,394,823
FY22 HWM: $6,394,823
FY22 House Final: $6,744,823 [includes $200,000 for a Cape and Islands early education needs assessment, $50,000 for Nurtury, Inc., and $100,000 for More Than Words, Inc.]
FY22 SWM: $6,394,823
FY22 Senate Final: $6,694,823 [includes $250,000 for Jumpstart and $50,000 for Square One]
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $7,069,823 [includes $200,000 for a Cape and Islands early education needs assessment, $50,000 for Nurtury, Inc., $100,000 for More Than Words, Inc., $25,000 for East End House, $250,000 for Jumpstart, and $50,000 for Square One]

Quality Improvement (3000-1020)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $30,372,353 [includes $4 million for QRIS]
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $39,443,053 [includes $300,000 for Nurtury, Inc.]
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $44,601,119 [includes $50,000 for Nurtury, Inc.]
FY22 Governor: $44,551,119
FY22 HWM and House Final: $44,551,119
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $44,551,119
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $44,551,119

Rate Increase for Early Educators (3000-1042)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $20,000,000
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $20,000,000
FY21 Final Budget: $20,000,000
FY22 Governor: not funded
FY22 HWM and House Final: $20,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: not funded
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $20,000,000

Sliding Fee Scale Reserve (3000-1044)
For a reserve to meet the costs of parent fees for state subsidized early education and care providers; provided, that the costs of parent fees shall be covered by the commonwealth for the entirety of fiscal year 2021 and until a revised sliding fee scale, established and implemented by the commissioner of early education and care, with the approval of the board of early education and care, has received a public hearing under chapter 30A; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from this item to items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060, as necessary, under an allocation plan which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred; and provided further, that the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on any such transfers
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $40,000,000
FY22 Governor: not funded
FY22 HWM and House Final: not funded
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $8,950,000
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $8,950,000

Coronavirus Reserve, Workforce and Operational Costs (3000-1045)
For a reserve to support the early education and care workforce and other operational costs related to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic at state-subsidized early education and care programs; provided, that funds appropriated in this item shall be used to fund: (i) classroom stabilization grants to ensure that early education and care providers can pay for the fixed costs of maintaining their business despite reduced caseload; (ii) incentive pay for early educators facing increased costs as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus; and (iii) operational supports for providers necessitated by the 2019 novel coronavirus; provided further, that funds may be used to fund additional workforce sustainability initiatives including, but not limited to: (a) a reimbursement rate increase for center-based early education and care providers and (b) incentives for programs to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified educators; provided further, that funds may be expended to promote the safe supervision of school-aged children, particularly in low-income neighborhoods where the regular school day has been disrupted; provided further, that the commissioner shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance detailing the funding expended from this item; and provided further, that any unexpended funds in this item shall not revert to the General Fund but shall be made available for this item until June 30, 2022
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $25,000,000
FY22 Governor: not funded. Language in 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 allows any unspent funds from those items to be transferred here.
FY22 HWM and House Final: not funded
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: not funded
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: not funded

Access Management (3000-2000)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $8,675,311
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $10,086,311 [includes $1 million to reduce subsidy management caseload ratios based on national ratio standards]
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $11,100,000
FY22 Governor: $10,086,311
FY22 HWM and House Final: $12,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $10,086,311
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $12,000,000

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $235,814,117 [includes $50,000 for Springfield Day Nursery]
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $275,987,080
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $350,928,901 [allows EEC to make COVID-related stabilization payments to providers, including classroom stabilization grants]
FY22 Governor: $358,928,901
FY22 HWM and House Final: $358,928,900. Includes language re. parent fees:
provided further, that this item shall be used to meet the costs of parent fees for state subsidized early education and care providers; and provided further, that the costs of parent fees shall be covered by the commonwealth until December 31, 2021, and until a revised sliding fee scale, established and implemented by the commissioner of early education and care, with the approval of the board of early education and care, has received a public hearing under chapter 30A.
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $358,928,901
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $358,928,901. Includes language re. improved child care funding models, and transferring unspent funds to 3000-1045:
provided further, that not later than December 30, 2021, the commissioner shall report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation or further development of an improved funding model for child care sustainability and quality;
provided further, that not later than April 15, 2022, the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance the projected expenses for the program; provided further, that if the department of early education and care determines that the available appropriation exceeds projected expenses, the commissioner shall transfer the amount that would otherwise be unspent by June 30, 2022 to item 3000-1045.

Income Eligible (3000-4060)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $270,120,452
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $276,480,376
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $286,702,892 [allows EEC to make COVID-related stabilization payments to providers, including classroom stabilization grants]
FY22 Governor: $298,702,892
FY22 HWM and House Final: $298,702,892. Includes language re. parent fees:
provided further, that this item shall be used to meet the costs of parent fees for state subsidized early education and care providers; and provided further, that the costs of parent fees shall be covered by the commonwealth until December 31, 2021, and until a revised sliding fee scale, established and implemented by the commissioner of early education and care, with the approval of the board of early education and care, has received a public hearing under chapter 30A.
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $298,702,892

FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $298,702,892. Includes language re. improved child care funding models, and transferring unspent funds to 3000-1045:
provided further, that not later than December 30, 2021, the commissioner shall report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the implementation or further development of an improved funding model for child care sustainability and quality; provided further, that not later than April 15, 2022, the commissioner shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance the projected expenses for the program; provided further, that if the department of early education and care determines that the available appropriation exceeds projected expenses, the commissioner shall transfer the amount that would otherwise be unspent by June 30, 2022 to item 3000-1045.


Head Start (3000-5000)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $9,600,000
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $12,000,000
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $15,000,000
FY22 Governor: $12,000,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $15,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $15,000,000
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $15,000,000

Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-6025)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $5,000,000
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $5,000,000
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $5,000,000
FY22 Governor: $5,000,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $5,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $10,000,000
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $10,000,000

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $2,500,000
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $2,500,000
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $2,500,000
FY22 Governor: $2,500,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $2,500,000
FY22 SWM: $2,500,000
FY22 Senate Final: $3,000,000

FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $3,000,000

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $161,893
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $161,893
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $185,185
FY22 Governor: $320,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $320,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $320,000
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $320,000

Services for Infants and Parents (3000-7050)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $13,742,000 [includes $200,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $14,042,000 [not less than $300,000 more than fiscal year 2019 shall be expended on the Parent-Child Home Program]
FY21 Final Budget: $11,539,190
FY22 Governor: $14,042,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $11,539,190
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $11,539,190
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $11,539,190

Parent Child+ (3000-7052)
[included in 3000-7050 in previous budgets]
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $3,000,000
FY22 Governor: [included in 3000-7050]
FY22 HWM and House Final: $3,300,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $2,502,810
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $3,300,000

Neighborhood Villages pilot (3000-7055)
FFY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $1,000,000
FY21 Final Budget: $1,000,000
FY22 Governor: not funded
FY22 HWM and House Final: $1,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: not funded
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $1,000,000


Workforce Development Initiative (3000-7066)
[FY19 language] 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 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $5,000,000
FY21 Final Budget: $10,000,000
FY22 Governor: $5,000,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $5,000,000
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: not funded
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $5,000,000

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070)
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $1,000,000
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $1,000,000
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $1,000,000
FY22 Governor: $1,000,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $1,548,228
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $1,000,000
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $1,548,228


Massachusetts State Scholarship Program (7070-0065)
funds Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, estimated $3.2 million annually.
FY19 Final Budget (GAA): $103,386,798 [language preserves FY18 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY20 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $105,600,000 [language preserves FY19 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY21 Conference Committee and Final Budget (GAA): $120,000,000 [language preserves FY20 funding levels for ECE Scholarship]
FY22 Governor: $116,300,000
FY22 HWM and House Final: $130,000,000 [includes $3,600,000 for ECE Scholarship, continuing FY21 appropriation]
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: $125,400,000 [includes $3,600,000 for ECE Scholarship]
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $130,500,000 [includes $3,600,000 for ECE Scholarship]

Early Education and Care Economic Review Commission (9600-0001)
FY22 House Final: $100,000 [staffing and administrative expenses for the Commission]
FY22 SWM and Senate Final: staffing not funded [outside section 37 updates membership: 2 members of the house of representatives, 2 members of the senate; outside section 38 extends meeting timeline to December 31]
FY22 Conference Committee and Final Budget: $100,000 [staffing and administrative expenses for the Commission]

 

Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget Timeline
FY22 starts on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Governor’s Budget
January 2021

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 2021

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

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House Budget
May 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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, 2021

July 1, 2021, the first day of the 2022 Fiscal Year, the FY22 budget becomes effective.


 
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