FY2013 Budget Priorities Letter to Senate Ways and Means

I transmitted today my annual statement of budget priorities to the Senate Ways and Means Chair.   The text appears below.  Click here for previous versions of this statement.

February 7, 2012

The Honorable Stephen M. Brewer
Chairman, Senate Ways & Means Committee
State House, Room 212
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Chairman Brewer:

I look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday, February 8, to discuss my budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2013.

My top priorities for the budget are as follows:

1)      Local aid including especially:

  • Full funding of the Special Education Circuit Breaker account, as recommended in the Governor’s Budget Proposal, to achieve 60-65% reimbursement or, if possible, a higher level of funding and reimbursement;
  • Achieving the Governor’s proposed total numbers for total Chapter 70 funding while allocating more funds within the formula to the 2006 goal of achieving funding equity for communities (17.5% minimum contribution to foundation budget);
  • Addition of the contingent UGGA allocations to the main budgetary allocation so that communities have the opportunity to use these funds;
  • Funding of Kindergarten expansion grants at the Governor’s proposed level.

2)      Full funding of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, as recommended in the Governor’s Budget Proposal or more generously if possible; and

3)      Additional funding for the MBTA to prevent drastic fare increases and service reductions, or possibly to provide a mechanism to reimburse low-income individuals to offset the fare increases (e.g. a Charlie card discount for welfare program recipients).

4)      My district priorities include the following:

  • 7000-9051       Public Libraries Local Aid
  • 2810-2041       Department of Conservation and Recreation Retained Revenue
  • 5046-2000       Statewide Homelessness Support Services
  • 4800-0300       DCF Local and Regional Administration of Services
  • 4800-0038       Young Parent Support Program
  • 7004-9005       Housing Authority Operating Subsidy
  • 7004-9024       MRVP
  • 7010-0012       METCO
  • 4590-1507       Boys and Girls Clubs


In addition to these top priorities, I wish to highlight the line-items below, which are of particular importance to me and my constituents. The spreadsheet sent to your office delineates my specific funding requests, when applicable.


2800-0401       Storm water management
2800-0700       Dam safety
2810-0100       State and urban parks
0321-1510       Private Counsel
0321-1600       Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
4000-0600       Long Term Care Options
4120-4010       Turning 22
4512-0103       AIDS/HIV
4513-1020       Early Intervention
4530-9000       Teen Pregnancy Prevention
5920-2025       Day Programs
7002-0012       Summer Jobs for At Risk Youth
7004-0104       Home and Healthy for Good
9110-1500       ECOP
9110-1630       Home Care Purchased Services
9110-1633       Case Management/ASAPs
9110-1636       Protective Services
2200-0100       DEP Administration
2200-0107       Recycling and Solid Waste Management
2210-0105       Technical Assistance TURI
2260-8870       Hazardous Site Clean-up
2260-8881       Board of Registration Hazard Waste Professionals
2300-0100       Office of Commissioner
2300-0101       Ecological Restoration
2310-0300       Natural Heritage Program
2330-0100       Division of Marine Fisheries
2511-0100       DAR Administration
3000-4050       Low income child care
3000-7000       Healthy Families Program
4120-4000       MRC Independent Living
4403-2119       Teen Living Shelter Program
4590-0300       DPH Anti-Tobacco Program
5920-3000       Respite Family Supports
7004-0108       Short Term Housing
7004-3036       Housing Consumer Ed. Centers
7004-9316       RAFT
7027-0019       School-to-Career
7061-9611       After School
7061-9626       YouthBuild

If you wish to reach me at any time, my home email is willbrownsberger@gmail.com and my cell phone is (617) 771-8274.


Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my budget priorities.





William N. Brownsberger

State Senator

SecondSuffolk and Middlesex District


Text of Supplemental Letter dated  February 29, 2012

The Honorable Stephen M. Brewer
Chairman, Senate Ways & Means Committee
State House, Room 212
Boston, MA 02133


Dear Chairman Brewer:


Thank you for meeting with me earlier this month to discuss my budget priorities. Since that time, I have heard from numerous constituents about programs of importance to our communities. As a result of these conversations, I would like to amend my list of priorities in the following ways.

First, I would like to amend my first budget priority (Special Education Circuit Breaker) in terms of my specific funding request. It has come to my attention that the Governor’s proposal is insufficient and will result in reduced services and supports for children with severe disabilities, as well as for regular education students. For this reason, I request that line item 7061-0012 be funded at $243.5 million, or $30,380,840 over the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.


Second, I wish to highlight the following line-items as important to my communities and constituents:


a)      5046-000 DMH-funded Clubhouses (as part of Mental Health Services Including Adult Homeless and Emergency)


b)      0640-0300 – Massachusetts Cultural Council



c)      9110-1900 Elder Meals

d)      3000-7050 Services for Infants and Parents


e)      0321-2000 Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee


f)        7003-0735 Massachusetts Service Alliance


g)      7000-9046 Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library program


h)      Outside Section 9.6:  extension of room occupancy excise tax to internet room sellers


i)        7061-9010 Charter School Reimbursement


j)        7003-0803 One-Stop Career Centers


k)      4512-0203 Substance Abuse Services Bureau


l)        4512-0201 Step-down Recovery


m)    4512-0203 Substance Abuse Family Intervention and Care


n)      8100-0111 Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Grant program


  • o)      4590-1506 DPH Youth Violence Prevention program


p)      7004-0102 Homeless Assistance for Individuals


q)      4590-1503 Pediatric Palliative Care Program


r)       4110-1000 Deaf-Blind Community Action Network


Thank you very much for your consideration of these priorities. Please do not hesitate to contact with any questions at willbrownsberger.com or by phone at 617-771-8274.





William N. Brownsberger


Third communication sent by email on March 12:

 Senator Brownsberger would like to add funding for Adult Basic Education (line item 7035-0002) to his list of his budget priorities. In addition, the Senator supports increased funding for Medicaid and Commonwealth Care that (in conjunction with other legislation) would restore necessary dental services for MassHealth and Commonwealth Care members- services cut in the 2010 budget. 

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.

2 replies on “FY2013 Budget Priorities Letter to Senate Ways and Means”

  1. Thanks for including civil legal aid — Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp.(MLAC) — on your priority list. People are often surprised to learn that the right to an attorney applies only to criminal cases. For example, the low-income woman whose ex is suing for custody of their children may have to go to court alone while the ex is represented by a lawyer, creating a serious power imbalance. MLAC-funded programs, like Greater Boston Legal Services, provide assistance when possible, but they are limited by tight budgets, a situation that has gotten drastically worse in the past four years. That’s mainly thanks to a 78% drop in funding from what was MLAC’s largest funding source, the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts Program. In short, legal aid programs are in desperate need of more state funding this year, and I appreciate you’re recognizing that!

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