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MTA analysis of House Ways and Means FY 2018 budget

The House Ways and Means Committee released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget on Monday, April 10. The bill proposes $40.328 billion in spending, an increase of $1.472 billion, or 3.8 percent, over the current fiscal year.

The appropriations bill serves as the benchmark for the House’s budget debate, which will take place the week of April 23.

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature may file amendments to the budget, which will then be subject to debate and review. The filing deadline for amendments is Thursday, April 13.
It is important to note that the House Ways and Means budget is about $180 million less than Governor Charlie Baker’s budget proposal, released Jan. 25. This is an indication that the House intends to add spending through the debate process.

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MTA analysis of Governor's Baker's FY 2018 budget

Governor Charlie Baker released his annual budget recommendation, known as House 1, on Jan. 25, 2017. His plan, if enacted, would include $40.508 billion in spending for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1. This represents a 4.3 percent increase in total spending over the current fiscal year. Throughout the budget, there are a number of proposals of concern to the MTA.

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Good Resources

Massachusetts Statehouse Massachusetts State Budget
Process and documents on the offical website of the state Legislature (Massachusetts General Court).

Governor's Budget Recommendation
Detailed information about the governor's budget recommendation.

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts. MassBudget also produces reports on specific topics such as education, health care, economic development and tax policy.

Action AlertMTA's Legislative Action Center
Be Heard! Contact your state legislators and let them know your thoughts on public education funding.


MTA Legislative Priorities
The bills included in the 2017-18 legislative agenda.

Better Funding, Better Schools

MTA has produced a guide, Better Funding, Better Schools: a Roadmap to Overriding Proposition 2 1/2, to help local associations that are participating in local override efforts.

Better Funding cover Better Funding, Better Schools was designed by MTA Communications to give local education associations some nuts-and-bolts advice about leading or participating in a successful override campaign.

The main text of the guide is available here. The appendix to Better Funding, which contains examples of fliers and other campaign materials, is not available online. To receive a copy of the appendix only, contact MTA Communications, 617-878-8265.