FY 19 Senate Budget

The FY 19 Senate Budget was debated for three days, and passed on May 24, 2018. The final Senate Budget is sent to a Conference Committee, to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals. The Conference Committee reports a final compromise bill to the House and Senate for a final vote of acceptance in each branch. The Governor then has 10 days to review the budget and take action to either approve or veto. 

Senate Budget Victories

Adult Basic Education

Total: $33M

Increase: $3.3M

Lifting the "Cap on Kids"

Jan 2019 implementation

Reimbursement to School Districts for Charter School Costs

Total: $100M

Increase: $17M

School & Youth Safety Trust Fund

This provision does not appropriate funds, but will generate funds for youth violence prevention.

Ch. 70 Education Funding

Total: $4.9B

Increase: $160M


Total: $22.1M

Increase: $1.5M

Residential Assistance for Families in Transition

Total: $18.5M

Increase: $3.5M

Tax Expenditure Review Commission

This provision will ensure tax dollars are being spent effectively, and may produce revenue to support critical programs.

Earned Income Tax Credit

This provision does not appropriate funds, but will save money for low-income families and individuals.

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Total: $16M

Increase: $2.08M

Safe Communities Amendment

This provision will improve police-community relationships.

The Senate Budget now heads to the Conference Committee and the Governor's desk. For updates on the rest of the budget process, check out the MA Legislature Website.

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