2015 State Budget
 

Governor Patrick will release his version of the state's 2015 budget on January 22 at 1 p.m.  We will track each step of the budget process below.  The Massachusetts budget runs on a fiscal year cycle that begins July 1 and ends June 31 the following year.  To connect to the page on particular budget hit the date below the title. As each step unfolds we will post links to results.  The House and Senate committee and full budgets are released in the spring and summer months. A final budget is typicaly approved by July 1.

 

 


Governor's Budget (House One)

Click to see the Governor's budget 

 

Click to view the analysis
 

House Ways & Means Committee Budget

 

Click to see the House budget 

 

Click to view the analysis

 

Click to view the House Amendment Priorities


 

 

House Budget


Senate Ways & Means Committee Budget

See Report and Action Steps

 Senate Budget

Read Report

 

Conference Committee Budget

Request Here

Final Conf 2015 Budget Here

 

 Governor's Vetoes and Final Budget

 

Legislative Overrides of Governor's Vetoes

 


 

 

  Budget Advocacy Information: 

Budget Advocacy: Make It Effective! | Primer on Budget Line Items

 

 

Budget Headlines
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The 36.5B fiscal year 2015 budget was finalized on June 29th and passed 144-7 in the House and unanimously in the Senate on June 30th.The budget made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 - the first such rate increase in close to thirty years. 3M in funding was included for the employment initiative to place more individuals into integrated, community-based employment. The final budget included a 2.5M increase over last year for the Family Supports program. Transportation also received an increase over last year. The DESE/DDS program and Turning 22 were level funded from last year and there was a slight increase in the Autism Services line item.

 

Unfortunately, the Real Lives bill original language authored by Rep Sannicandro wasn't included in the final budget version.

 

To view the Conference Committee Report for FY'15 budget, visit this link and click on conference committee budget (H4242).  You can also see The Arc spread sheet here.

 

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 A number of pieces of Arc priority legislation are still being considered. Since this is an election year, both the state budget and all legislation that requires a roll-call vote (which is all policy) needs to be finished by July 31st to proceed forward this year. At this point this is where we stand:

 

Real Lives Bill (H4151):

The Real Lives bill expands the ability of people to decide where and with whom they want to live and work by self-directing their DDS service dollars. The bill requires that the administration implement certain new policies and procedures to allow public funds to be used as flexibly as possible by the individual or family and provides for the utilization of fiscal intermediaries to assist...

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The recently completed House and Senate budgets made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). You can influence the outcome of two key accounts --Family Support and Employment. Read the whole story here and see the budget chart - or read our action alert first at the Action Center.

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The Senate provided a budget with a number of positives. The gains in Residential supports and the Blueprint remained with two additions. There are a few areas of under-funding that we hope to resolve in Conference Committee.To see a budget chart go to this page and the first story.

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The recently released Senate Ways and Means budget made significant investments in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Most notably was the investment to fund increases in the rate paid for long term residential services through CH257 – the first such rate increase in close to thirty years. There was also the inclusion of 5M in funding for the employment initiative to place more individuals into integrated, community-based employment.  Read more here.

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Speaker Robert DeLeo after passage of Autism Omnibus bill with Barbara L'Italien,
Amy Weinstock, Ann Guay and on left, Julia Landau and Tina Fitanides


April 17:  Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive Autism bill - House 4047. The bill was a combination of many of the pieces of legislation filed in January of 2013 as a result of the work by the Governor's Autism Commission.


The legislation will reestablish the Autism Commission as a permanent and autonomous entity, necessary since the previous commission sun-setted upon release of the report. It provides for an executive director to support autism advocacy, training and reporting. There are two specific areas directed to study - the long-term needs for housing and employment - in addition to the areas of study and recommendations previously covered by the commission.


DDS will now be directed to include in its eligibility guidelines the federal definition of developmental disability for people on the autism spectrum and those with Prader Willi. This change will assist many whose functional needs are not reflected by their IQ score and who are now denied access to DDS.

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