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MTA calls on legislators to support inclusion of Foundation Budget Review Commission

The MTA is urging members to ask their representatives and senators to support the inclusion of a Foundation Budget Review Commission in the final state budget for the coming fiscal year.

The goal is to ensure that language in the Senate budget calling for a commission to study the current foundation budget for education is included in the final conference committee report.

An amendment providing for a reconstituted Foundation Budget Review Commission passed the Senate on a vote of 38-0 and is in the Senate budget, but no similar provision was included in the budget passed by the House of Representatives.

Now state senators and state representatives appointed to a conference committee charged with hammering out the differences between the House and Senate spending plans will decide whether the commission stays or goes. The governor, House and Senate have until June 30 to reach an agreement on the state budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

MTA President Paul Toner is urging all members to reach out to their senators and representatives and ask them to strongly support the inclusion of the commission provision in the final state budget.

Members of the commission would be tasked with studying the current foundation budget and recommending any changes that may be needed so that students can meet state educational standards.

“The foundation budget plays a key role in determining the amount of state funding sent to public school districts and is clearly in need of review,” Toner said. “It really influences whether schools have the resources they need to provide students with a high-quality education – which is the goal of every educator in the Commonwealth.”

The members of the budget conference committee are Senator Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) and Representative Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), the Ways and Means Committee co-chairs; Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), the Ways and Means Committee vice chairs; Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield); and Representative Viriato deMacedo (R-Plymouth).

Please click here to e-mail your legislators and urge them to show their support for the Foundation Budget Review Commission provision.