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  • This morning, Governor Patrick signed the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget (visible but not finalized here in the form of the legislature’s conference committee report), returning a veto message that did not include any vetoes to local aid. The local aid numbers adopted by a joint local aid resolution earlier this year still stand with […]
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  • We provide this press release issued by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Read Will’s comments on how the process unfolded here. For the full text of the bill as amended, click here —————————— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2014 Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Budget BOSTON— The Senate today passed the Commonwealth’s Fiscal Year […]
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  • We got through the budget week! The Senate budget unfolded without too much drama along the lines I outlined in my pre-budget piece. Thanks to all for comments on that piece. A few highlights and notes about the process: Commenters (and others by phone and email) urged support for the Mass Cultural Council budget. We […]
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  • In the coming week, the Senate will take up the budget for Fiscal 2015. We will vote on amendments proposed to the Senate Ways and Means draft budget and then send the budget to a conference committee to resolve differences with the House budget. This is a year where the major parameters of the budget […]
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  • The Senate Ways & Means Committee released its FY 2015 Budget Recommendations today, 5/14. You can find the budget at this link.
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  • Hi Will, At Town Meeting this week, Dave Rogers mentioned how he supported increased funding for DEP during the House work on the 2015 budget. I know that the Senate is working on their version of the budget and I wanted to encourage you to support increased funding for DEP and DCR as it took […]
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  • House and Senate leaders have announced an agreement to increase local aid by $125 million in the FY15 budget. Here, you will find a chart providing an evolution of local aid proposals and distributions for the communities Senator Brownsberger has represented. The chart has been updated to reflect the numbers proposed in the Joint Local […]
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  • Senator Brownsberger has heard from many concerned parents about budget cuts to certain public schools in Boston.  Budget allocations are, of course, up to the BPS, but he has worked to get more state aid for education. This coming year, some schools are up and some are down, as this statement from the Mayor’s Government Relations Director explains: “BPS […]
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  • The Senate on Thursday voted 37-0 to pass a $200.8 million supplemental budget to cover time sensitive deficiencies and unexpected cost increases in FY 2014. This supplemental budget includes funds to address critical needs in the state’s emergency shelter programs, as well as provide additional funds for snow and ice removal. “This supplemental budget is an important bill-paying exercise which addresses several spending deficiencies and time sensitive policy issues,” said Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “I am very pleased that the Senate has passed a bill that makes necessary, mid-year investments while maintaining our disciplined fiscal approach that has served us so well in recent years.”
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  • Today, Senator Brownsberger submitted the following letter to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means outlining his budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2015. You will find a link to the signed document below. Read the Senator’s signed letter expressing his budget priorities here. Anne Johnson Landry Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor Office […]
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  • Yesterday I got an email from another parent, saying that most if not all Boston public schools are facing substantial budget cuts next year. For example, Winship Elementary (where my son goes) shows a WSF allocation of $2,867,109 for FY14 (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/cms/lib07/MA01906464/Centricity/Domain/108/Budget%20Resources/7._fy14_wsf_budgets_by_school_20130202.pdf page 115) and a projected WSF allocation of $2,349,227 for FY15 (http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/cms/lib07/MA01906464/Centricity/Domain/184/FY15%20budget%20resources/FY15%20Allocations_2015.02.05.pdf page 3) […]
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  • Quite appropriately, Governor Patrick’s Fiscal 2015 budget continues and extends the priorities he has defined together with the legislature over the past 8 years.  It does not propose major new initiatives. Total proposed Fiscal 2015 budgetary spending is $36.4 billion — up $1.7 billion or 4.9% over projected Fiscal 2014 budgetary spending.  This growth is […]
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