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Baker budget shortchanges public education

A steady stream of educators and advocates testified on Monday, Feb. 29, against Governor Charlie Baker’s fiscal 2017 state budget proposal, saying it would shortchange public education in significant ways.

Coverage of Ways and Means Committee hearing on governor's budget proposal

MTA analysis of Governor's Baker's FY 2017 budget

Governor Charlie Baker released House 2, the second budget proposal of his administration, on Jan. 27, 2016. Baker's $39.5 billion spending proposal represents virtually no increase in overall state expenditures over the current fiscal year.

MTA Analysis | Budget Spreadsheets

Good Resources

Massachusetts Statehouse Massachusetts State Budget
Process and documents on the offical website of the state Legislature (Massachusetts General Court).

 
Governor's Budget Recommendation
Detailed information about the governor's budget recommendation.

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts. MassBudget also produces reports on specific topics such as education, health care, economic development and tax policy.

Action AlertMTA's Legislative Action Center
Be Heard! Contact your state legislators and let them know your thoughts on public education funding.

 

MTA Legislation Agenda
The bills included in the 2015-16 legislative agenda.

Better Funding, Better Schools

MTA has produced a guide, Better Funding, Better Schools: a Roadmap to Overriding Proposition 2 1/2, to help local associations that are participating in local override efforts.

Better Funding cover Better Funding, Better Schools was designed by MTA Communications to give local education associations some nuts-and-bolts advice about leading or participating in a successful override campaign.

The main text of the guide is available here. The appendix to Better Funding, which contains examples of fliers and other campaign materials, is not available online. To receive a copy of the appendix only, contact MTA Communications, 617-878-8265.