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2015 Headlines

Legislature passes $38.1B state budget

A $38.1 billion 2016 budget was passed by the House and Senate on July 8. The budget contains modest increases in overall education funding for the fiscal year that began July 1. On balance, preK-12 spending on public schools is up 2 percent over FY15; higher education saw an increase of 1.7 percent.

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Senate Ways and Means releases budget plan

The Senate Ways and Means Committee’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal, like the one approved earlier this month by the House, provides moderate overall improvements over 2015 on preK-12 education spending. In addition, the committee’s version increases investment in public higher education campuses.

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House Ways and Means Committee Budget Proposal

On April 15, 2015, the House Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal for fiscal 2016. The budget contains modest increases in spending in some areas of preK-12 education, but it falls short of meeting funding goals for public higher education.

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Statement by MTA President Barbara Madeloni on Governor Charlie Baker’s Proposed budget for 2015-2016

Governor Baker’s proposed budget is troubling for its lack of vision and absence of meaningful investments in education and other vital community services. Although some of the governor’s ideas appear positive, his budget is ultimately a proposal that shortchanges students, families and our cities and towns by including cuts to kindergarten expansion programs and providing inadequate funding for our public schools, colleges and universities.

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