Senator Browsberger Budget Outcomes

*Last updated 8/1/18

Senator Brownsberger filed several amendments to the FY19 Budget.  Below you will find a brief description of each along with its final outcome:

#296, METCO – This amendment added $1,000,000 to the bottom line for the line item that funds METCO.  METCO is a program that expands educational opportunities and increases diversity by permitting students in certain districts to attend public schools in participating communities.  Status: In final budget.

#297, Extraordinary Special Education Costs – This amendment allocates $250,000 to school districts with extraordinary special education costs. In the past Watertown received funding from this account.  Status: In final budget.

#447, Rest Home Rates – This amendment would have provided support for rest home rates.  Status: Not adopted.

#625, FGM Public Education – This amendment would have provided funding for a public health campaign to inform the public about health risks and emotional trauma inflicted by the practice of female genital mutilation.  Status: Not adopted.

#630, Play Programs – The house version of this amendment provides $150,000 in funding to play programs serving homeless children.  Status: House language adopted, and in final budget.

#641, Jail Diversion Programs for Non-Violent Offenders – The house version of this amendment provides $5,000,000 for programs for non-violent offenders with opioid or opiate addiction.  Status: House language and funding total adopted, and in the final budget.

#978, Charlesgate Park – This amendment provides $250,000 for design for improvements to Charlesgate Park, which is a 12 acre state park located under the Bowker Overpass in Kenmore.  Status: House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of this item.

 #979, Fishing Academy – This amendment provides $50,000 for outdoor programming in Brighton.  This amendment did not pass in the Senate but did pass in the House and was included in the final budget.  Status: House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of this item.

#1012, Social Law Library – This amendment increased the funding total for the social law library by $227,523.  The Social Law Library provides research materials, training, continuing legal education and other services to the three branches of Massachusetts government and dues-paying members, and pro bono access to legal-services organizations and non-profits.  Status: In final budget.

#1013, Billable Hours Waiver – This amendment would have increased the billable hours cap for CPCS private counsel from 1,500 to 2,000.  Status: Not adopted.

#1015, Prison Re-entry – This amendment provides $5,000,000 for community based residential re-entry programs.  House language in final budget. Governor Baker reduced the total to $2,500,000.  Status: House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of this item.

#1016, Electronic Signatures for Criminal Complaints – This amendment would have allowed police officers to sign a criminal complaint electronically under the pains and penalties of perjury after the complaint has been reviewed by a court clerk. This would especially benefit police departments in rural areas, rather than making them travel to a courthouse that could be 30-40 minutes away. Status: Not adopted.

#1017, Parole Board – This amendment increased the bottom line for the Parole Board to $17,366,718, while at the same time removing a retained revenue account as a source of funding for the parole board.  By eliminating the retained revenue account, the board is not incentivized to assess parolees with a financial hardship. Status: In final budget.

#1187, High Frequency Service – This amendment would have tasked the Rail Vision Advisory board with examining the feasibility of high frequency off peak service inside of Route 128 on the Worcester Line.  Status: Not adopted.

Andrew Bettinelli
Chief of Staff
Office of Senator William N. Brownsberger







Make a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You can make the comment area bigger by pulling the arrow. If you are techie, you can use basic HTML tags and attributes to format your comment.


Looking for something you can’t find?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly for assistance!

Powered by open source software: LAMP, WordPress, Plugins include: Akismet, TablePress, Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Graphic Design by Jane Winsor. Development of Responsive Tabs Theme by Will Brownsberger. Hosted by Inmotion Hosting. Hosting paid for by the Brownsberger Commitee.

Welcome! is a conversation:

  • You can comment on any post this site.
  • You can post your own new subjects on this site.
  • You do not need a password.
  • I absolutely depend on your feedback.

You can subscribe at this link for occasional email news from this site

Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District