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Budget Monitor: The Senate Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

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Budget Monitor:
The Senate Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

June 8, 2011 

With the House and Senate budget debate complete, conferees from the two branches are now meeting to resolve differences.  This Budget Monitor describes amendments adopted by the Senate, the differences between the Senate and House proposals, and how the recommendations in these proposals compare to current spending and, in some cases, to historic spending levels.

The full Senate did not make major changes to the Senate Ways and Means budget proposal.  Among the more significant amendments adopted were ones that modestly reduced cuts in certain education and youth jobs programs, in services for people with developmental disabilities, and in the clothing allowance for children who receive public assistance.

This Monitor also describes the major areas of difference between the House and Senate budgets.  Among the areas where the Senate proposes more funding than the House are health care for legal immigrants in the Commonwealth Care Bridge program, early intervention programs and other public health programs.  Major differences where the House is higher include child care for low-income working families and reimbursements for school districts with students in high need of high cost special education services.  

The report is available at or by clicking here.   

MassBudget's online Budget Browser has also been updated to include the Senate Fiscal Year 2012 budget.  

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