Friday, May 31, 2013

MassBudget: Conference Preview - differences between the Senate and House budget proposals

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Comparing Senate and House Budget Proposals
Last week, the Senate finalized its budget proposal for FY 2014, laying out its plans for what we should do together through state government in the coming year. Our new "Conference Preview" describes the major differences between the Senate budget and the House version, in order to highlight the decisions that the upcoming House-Senate Conference Committee will face.

Some of the most significant differences are:

  • $75 million in additional House funding to help make higher education more affordable

  • Modest Senate initiatives to address the large and growing wait list for children seeking early education & care

  • An $11 million gap between the Senate's higher funding level for Youth Empowerment programs and the House's lower level

In addition to describing these and other differences between the House and Senate budgets, the "Conference Preview" also analyzes the more prominent amendments that were adopted during Senate debate. For more detail on the budget process, including these legislative budgets and the Governor's earlier proposal, see our Budget Resources.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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