Senate Passes FY 2014 Supplemental Budget

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.”

Official Joint Press Release on the 2014 Budget

 The General Court of Massachusetts State House, Boston, 02133-1053 —-  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contacts:  Laura Oggeri         Seth Gitell July 1, 2013                                                                      Senate President      House Speaker (617) 722-1500      (617) 722-2500     House, Senate Pass Comprehensive FY14 Budget Includes Strong Investments for Essential Services and Programs   (BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature […]

Final FY14 Budget

The legislature today approved its $34 billion budget for Fiscal 2014 (124-29 in the House and 36-3 in the Senate).  Fiscal 2014 starts today, July 1. Some items of note in the budget include: Increases in local aid —  especially for communities that had been treated unfairly under the Chapter 70 School Aid formula, like Watertown. […]

Senate Passes Budget

Wednesday and Thursday of last week were long days as we plowed through 725 budget amendments.  It was a relatively smooth year with fewer controversial issues.  The budget was tight, but fewer programs were taking deep cuts so there was less anxiety overall than there has been for the past few years. My biggest concerns […]

Senate Ways and Means Budget Released.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee released its budget draft for Fiscal 2014 today. It shaves total formula local aid  overall just slightly, but some communities that have historically been shortchanged, notably Watertown, do a little better.  In addition to making adjustments in the main local aid accounts it fully funds the special education circuit […]

Fiscal 2014 Local Aid Numbers

The table below compares the main formula local aid quantities from the several pending versions of the FY14 budget to the FY13 budget. Note that the two categories of general government aid presented in the Governor’s budget are combined into a single line item total. For more background on Chapter 70 school aid issues, please […]