Understanding The Massachusetts FY17 Budget Process

If it seems like the Massachusetts budget process goes on for a long time, that's because it does!  It takes over four months and many steps to get the state budget done, and it is certainly a confusing process.  The Coalition has to stay constantly engaged with the legislature throughout the process, so we thought this helpful chart would explain how we are advocating for more funding for the CPA Trust Fund in the FY17 State Budget.

Step Description Date Completed
1. Governor Charlie Baker's Budget  Governor Baker's FY17 budget included $10 million in funding for CPA. This is the first time that CPA funding has been present in the Governor's version of the budget released in January.   01/27/16 Yes

2. House Ways & Means Budget

When the House budget was released, it did not include funding for CPA. Representative Peter Kocot filed an amendment to include funding for CPA. 04/13/16 Yes
3. Final House Budget Representative Kocot's amendment was successful. The final budget included $10 million for CPA to be transferred from the FY16 state budget surplus, if available. 4/27/2016 Yes
4. Senate Ways & Means Budget When the Senate budget was released, it did not include funding for CPA. Senator Cynthia Stone Creem filed an amendment to include funding for CPA and 20 Senators have co-sponsored the amendment. 5/17/2016 Yes
5. Final Senate Budget The final Senate budget included an amendment to include $10 million for CPA to be transferred from the FY16 state budget surplus, if available. 5/24/2016 Yes
6. Conference Committee Senate and House reconciled their budget differences during a series of closed-door discussions. The final report included $10 million from the state budget surplus for CPA.  6/2016 Yes
7. Governor's Actions
Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY16 state budget including the provision for $10 million from the state budget surplus for CPA. 
7/8/2016 Yes

8. Surplus Distribution

Unfortunately, on October 31st the state announced that there was no budget surplus for FY16, which meant that the expected $10 million was not available to add to the CPA Trust Fund balance.  As a result, the first round base CPA distribution for communities on November 15th was 20.6%, a record low

10/31/16

Yes