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MTA analysis of Senate FY 2018 budget

The Senate passed a budget totaling $40.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 on Thursday, May 25. The House and Senate are appointing members to a conference committee led by the House and Senate Ways and Means chairs to hash out differences between the two chambers’ versions of the budget. The final product then moves to the governor’s desk before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

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MTA analysis of House FY 2018 budget

The Massachusetts House passed its Fiscal Year 2018 budget on Tuesday, April 25, by a vote of 159 to 1. The budget totals $40.3 billion. This is the first time a budget in excess of $40 billion has been passed in the Legislature.

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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.

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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.