Monday, April 16, 2012

"continue to analyze the House budget"

The Milford Daily News posts reactions from some State legislators on the House Budget proposal released last week. The House is scheduled to discuss and approved their version of the budget by the end of April when it will go to the Senate for their review. The Senate will likely have some changes that both will need to reconcile in a joint committee before the Governor gets to sign off by June 30th.

The budget would increase Chapter 70 education aid by $164 million to cities and towns — $18.5 million over Patrick’s proposal. It would be a 4 percent increase over this year’s, bringing the Chapter 70 funding to $4.15 billion. 
Dempsey said the $164 million increase guarantees each school district a minimum of $40 more per student. 
The House budget also includes $221.5 million for the special education costs for the state’s school districts — an $8.4 million increase from last year. 
State Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, said the funds help school districts provide mandated, high-cost programs for special education students. Many schools pay tuition for those students who require an outside program or facility. 
The House budget also includes $45 million for regional school transportation, a $2 million increase from last year. A new line item in the House proposal provides $11.3 million to reimburse communities for providing special busing services for homeless students.

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MassBudget's analysis of the Governor's proposal and the House proposal can be found here

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