Senate Ways and Means Budget Released this Week; maaps Action Network Sign-up

The Senate Ways and Means came out with their budget. This is the first step of the budget process for the Senate. After this release, Senators will have a limited amount of time to file amendments, which they will then debate and vote on a final Senate budget. The House budget last month finalized a $40.3 billion budget that includes support for Chapter 766 school students, teachers, staff and families. The House Budget also proposed to fund the Special Education Circuit Breaker Account at $281.3 million, four million more then Governor Baker’s budget. After the Senate finalizes their budget, the differences between the Senate and House bills will then be resolved in conference committee.

maaps will be continuing its advocacy push through the maaps Action Network throughout the rest of the legislative session and until the budget is finalized. Embracing technology and effectively utilizing social media are some of the ways that maaps seeks to share news and updates about the work of C766 private special education schools in providing high-quality, cost-effective education services to students with special needs. By ‘Liking’ maaps’ Facebook page and following maaps on Twitter (@maaps766) you’ll also be able to stay connected to the most up-to-date updates regarding our legislative efforts and to see maaps and our members in the news.

Now is the time to make sure that you and your contacts have signed up for the maaps Action Network. Legislative communication is one of the most important and effective means of advocacy, and it is vital that you take the short amount of time to make the largest impact. Our voice is only as strong as the Action Network members who continue to advocate, and we encourage you to urge your friends, family members and colleagues to sign-up and participate in the Action Network on the maaps website.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as the budget process unfolds, but please feel free to contact Jim Daiute, maaps Director of Government Affairs and Communications, at jdaiute@maaps.org if you have any questions.