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Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

State Budget

Governor Baker's Budget Proposal
On Wednesday, January 25, Governor Baker released his state budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. The $40.5 billion budget represents a 4.3 percent increase over current year spending.

Early education and care was level funded in the budget. The Department of Early Education and Care and its programs were funded at $552.62 million. This includes a $7 million rate increase for the early education and care workforce, and increases for early education access accounts. Reach Out and Read, which recently lost its $1 million in state funding during mid-year budget cuts, was not funded in the governor’s budget.

See below for specific line items and funding levels. For more budget information contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, (617) 330-7387.

 

Rate Reserve for Early Educators (1599-0042)
FY16 GAA: $5,000,000
FY17 GAA: $12,500,000
FY18 Governor: $7,000,000 [moved to 3000-1042]

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

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

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

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060)
FY16 GAA: $219,907,383
FY17 GAA: $219,416,800
FY18 Governor:
$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

Head Start (3000-5000)
FY16 GAA: $9,100,000
FY17 GAA: $9,100,000
FY18 Governor: $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

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075)
FY16 GAA: $750,000
FY17 GAA: Transferred to 3000-1020

Family Mentoring Pilot Program (3000-7000)
FY17 GAA: $100,000
FY17 9C Cuts: -$100,000
FY18 Governor: Not funded

EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue (3000-7040)
FY16 GAA: $200,000
FY17 GAA: $170,000
FY18 Governor: $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

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

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

 

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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