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Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

State Budget

Conference Committee deliberating on final FY18 budget
On Monday June 5, a six-member legislative conference committee began talks to reach consensus between House and Senate budgets for fiscal year 2018. The committee includes:

House:
Chair Brian Dempsey
Vice Chair Stephen Kulik
Representative Todd Smola

Senate:
Chairwoman Karen Spilka
Vice Chair Sal DiDomenico
Senator Vinny deMacedo

Advocacy needed!

Millions of dollars are at stake for high-quality early education and early educators in Massachusetts. Your advocacy is needed.
Contact your legislators now!


At stake in the budget negotiation is $10 million for the early educator workforce salary rate reserve, $15.1 million for preschool implementation and planning grants. See below for a list of all items.

Center Based Child Care Rate Increase for Early Educators (3000-1042): House funding level of $20 million, to address the current workforce crisis by increasing salaries for early educators.

Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (3000-6025): Senate funding level of $15.10 million, to enable local communities to expand high-quality preschool opportunities for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Early Childhood Mental Health (3000-6075): House funding level of $2.50 million.

Quality Improvement (3000-1020): Senate funding level of $31.86 million, with House language for QRIS earmark and Senate language earmarking $100,000 for a study on the workforce.

Head Start (3000-5000): Senate funding level of $9.5 million.

Reach Out and Read (3000-7070): House funding level of $1 million

EEC Administration (3000-1000): Senate funding level of $5.76 million.

Supportive Child Care & TANF (3000-3060): Senate funding level of $223.30 million.

Outside Section 74 A in the House - Carries over any unspent funding in Income Eligible and TANF/Supportive for infant/toddler rate increases and early educators salary increases.

Contact your legislators today, and encourage them to support high-quality early education in the conference committee budget for FY18.

For more budget information contact Titus DosRemedios at tdosremedios@strategiesforchildren.org, (617) 330-7387.

Senate recap:

The Senate passed a $40.4 billion budget on Thursday, May 25. During budget debate Senators adopted four amendments for early education, adding $500,000 to EEC's total budget, and earmarks such as $100,000 for a comprehensive early education and care workforce study to be conducted by UMass Boston (3000-1020). See below for specific line items and funding levels. The state budget now moves to a 6-member conference committee to negotiate differences between House and Senate budgets.

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
FY18 House final: $20,000,000
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $10,000,000
FY18 Senate Final: $10,000,000

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
FY18 House final: $5,736,618
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $5,711,617
FY18 Senate Final: $5,761,617 [includes $50,000 earmark for Pittsfield early ed. programming]

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]
FY18 House final: $30,712,455 [includes $4 million earmark for QRIS]
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $31,762,455
FY18 Senate Final: $31,862,455 [includes $100,000 earmark for early ed. workforce study by UMass Boston]

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
FY18 House final: $6,675,311
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $6,675,311
FY18 Senate Final: $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
FY18 House final: $223,198,540
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $223,198,540
FY18 Senate Final: $223,298,540 [includes $100,000 earmark for Square One in Springfield]

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
FY18 House final: $255,389,342
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $255,389,495
FY18 Senate Final: $255,389,495

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
FY18 House final: $9,100,000
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $9,500,000
FY18 Senate Final: $9,500,000

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
FY18 House final:
Not funded
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $15,100,000
[preschool expansion funding, with $100,000 for planning grants]
FY18 Senate Final: $15,100,000 [preschool expansion funding, with $100,000 for planning grants]

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
FY18 House final: $2,500,000
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: Remains in 3000-1020
FY18 Senate Final: Remains in 3000-1020

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
FY18 House final: $161,893
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $161,893
FY18 Senate Final: $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
FY18 House final: $13,541,999 [includes $100,000 for Parent-Child Home Program]
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: $13,442,000
FY18 Senate Final: $13,442,000

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
FY18 House final: $1,000,000
FY18 Senate Ways & Means: Not funded
FY18 Senate Final: $250,000

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