FY25 Budget Priorities Letter to Senate Ways and Means

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following letter (PDF version) to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means outlining his budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2025.

March 25, 2024

Michael J. Rodrigues
Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means
State House – Room 212
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Chairman Rodrigues,

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to share my budgetary priorities for the FY25 budget.

The following themes are of central importance to me:

  • Increase the total operating and capital transfers to the MBTA.
  • Address the housing crisis by funding longer term housing support and job programs.
  • Preserve increases to the Department of Conservation and Recreation operating budget.
  • Meet commitment to the Student Opportunity Act.
  • Preserve funding for services for returning citizens.
  • Preserve funding for mobile mental health and other alternatives to police response.

The line-items below are also of importance to me and my constituents:

Indigent Representation

0321-1500 Committee for Public Counsel Services

0321-1510 Private Counsel Compensation – Committee for Public Counsel Services

0321-1520 Indigent Persons Fees and Court Costs

0321-2000 Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

0321-2100 Prisoners’ Legal Services

0840-0100 Victim and Witness Assistance Board2

Cultural Activities

0640-0300 Massachusetts Cultural Council

Early Education and Childcare

1596-2435 Childcare Affordability

3000-1042 Childcare Provider Reimbursement

3000-2050 Children’s Trust Fund and Related Programs

3000-3060 DCF and DTA Related Childcare

3000-4040 Birth through Pre-School and Related Programs

3000-4050 TANF-Related Childcare and Related Programs

3000-4060 Income Eligible Childcare

3000-5000 Grants to Head Start Programs and Related Programs

3000-6075 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services

3000-7000 Healthy Families Home Visiting Program and Related Programs

3000-7050 Services for Infants and Parents

3000-7070 Reach Out and Read Program

Human Services Workers

1599-6903 Chapter 257 and Human Service Reserve

Personal Care Attendants – multiple line items

Indigent Health Care

4000-0500 MassHealth Managed Care

4000-0600 MassHealth Senior Care

4000-0700 MassHealth Fee for Service Payments

Services for People with Disabilities

4110-1000 Community Services for the Blind3

4110-3010 Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind

4120-0200 Independent Living Centers

4120-2000 Vocational Rehabilitation for the Disabled

4120-3000 Employment Assistance

4120-4000 Independent Living Assistance for the Multi Disabled and Related Programs

4120-4001 Accessible Housing Registry for Disabled Persons

4120-6000 Head Injury Treatment Services and Related Programs

4125-0100 Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Low-Income Support

4400-1001 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Administration

4400-1004 Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)

4401-1000 Employment Services Program and Related Program

4403-2000 Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

4403-2119 Teen Structured Settings Program

4408-1000 Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, Children (EAEDC)

Public Health

4510-0100 Public Health Critical Operations and Essential Services

4510-0600 Environmental Health Assessment and Compliance

4510-0710 Health Care Quality and Improvement

4510-0810 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner & Pediatric SANE and Related Programs

4512-0103 HIV/AIDS Prevention Treatment and Services and Related Programs

4512-0201 Substance Abuse Step-Down Recovery Services

4513-1020 Early Intervention and Related Programs

4513-1112 Chronic Disease Prevention (including Alzheimer’s)

4513-1130 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention

4513-1136 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services4

4516-1000 State Laboratory and Communicable Disease Control Services

4530-9000 Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program

4590-0250 Smoking Prevention and Cessation

4590-0925 Prostate Cancer Research Program

Youth Services and Job Training

1595-1075 Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund

4000-0005 Safe and Successful Youth Initiative and Related Programs

4000-0007 EOHHS Youth Homeless Program

4590-1506 Youth Violence Prevention Grants and Related Programs

4590-1507 Youth at Risk Matching Grants

4800-0016 Transitional Employment Program (Roca)

7061-9626 Youth-Build Grants

7066-0015 Workforce Development Grants to Community Colleges and Related Programs

7002-0012 YouthWorks and Related Programs

7003-1206 Massachusetts Service Alliance and Related Programs

7061-9634 Mentoring Matching Grants

Mental Health

5011-0100 Department of Mental Health Administration and Operations

5042-5000 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Related Programs

5046-0000 Adult Mental Health and Support Services

5047-0001 Emergency Services and Mental Health Care and Related Programs

5095-0015 Inpatient Facilities and Community-Based Mental Health

Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

5911-1003 Dept. of Developmental Disabilities Administration and Related Programs

5911-2000 Transportation Services5

5920-2000 Community Residential Supports and Related Programs

5920-2010 State-Operated Residential Supports and Related Programs

5920-2025 Community Day and Work Programs

5920-3000 Respite Family Supports for the Developmentally Disabled

5920-3010 Autism Division

5920-5000 Turning 22 – Dept. of Developmental Services

5930-1000 State Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled

Library Support

7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners

7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries

7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Learning

7000-9406 Talking Book Program Watertown

7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries

7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing

7000-9508 Mass. Center for the Book

Housing and Homelessness Services

1410-0250 Assistance to Homeless Veterans

7004-0100 Caseworkers for Homeless Families and Individuals

7004-0101 Emergency Assistance – Family Shelters & Services and Related Programs

7004-0102 Homeless Individuals Assistance and Related Programs

7004-0104 Home and Healthy for Good Program and Related Programs

7004-0108 HomeBASE

7004-1000 Supplemental Funding for Low Income Residents’ Utilities

7004-2033 Fuel assistance

7004-3036 Housing Services and Counseling

7004-3045 Tenancy Preservation Program6

7004-4314 Service Coordinators Program

7004-9005 Subsidies to Public Housing Authorities

7004-9024 Mass. Rental Voucher Program – MRVP

7004-9030 Alternative Housing Voucher Program

7004-9034 Housing Assistance for Re-Entry Transition

7004-9316 Residential Assistance for Families in Transition

7004-9322 Secure Jobs Pilot

7006-0011 Loan Originator Administration and Consumer Counseling Program

Elementary and Secondary Education

7009-9600 Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment and Related Programs

7009-6600 Early College

7010-0012 METCO

7027-0019 School-to-Career Connecting Activities and Related Programs

7030-1005 Reading Recovery and Related Programs

7035-0035 Advanced Placement Math and Science Programs

7061-0009 Chapter 70 Aid

7061-0012 Special Education Circuit Breaker and related programs

7061-9010 Charter School Reimbursement and related programs

7061-9412 Extended Learning Time Grants

7061-9611 After-School and Out-of-School Grants

7066-0019 Concurrent & Dual Enrollment Programming (CDEP)

Scholarships and Fellowships

7070-0065 Massachusetts State Scholarship Program

Adult Education and Citizenship Services

4003-0122 Low-Income Citizenship Program7

7035-0002 Adult Basic Education

Elder Care

1201-0100 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

9110-1604 Supportive Senior Housing Program

9110-1630 Home Care Services

9110-1633 Elder Home Care Case Management and Administration

9110-1636 Elder Protective Services

9110-1700 Elder Homeless Placement

9110-1900 Elder Nutrition Program

9110-9002 Grants to Councils on Aging


William N. Brownsberger
State Senator
Suffolk & Middlesex District