On July, 7th the members of the House and Senate Budget Conference Committee submitted the final legislative budget and it is now on the Governor’s desk. The Governor has until July 17th to review the budget and take action to either approve or veto specific areas of the budget.
The Legislature’s budget included language in Outside Section 119 that provides critically needed operating revenue for special education schools and students. This provision includes support for a Cost Inflation Factor (CIF) increase of 1.51%, program reconstruction for FY’18, out-of-state rate letters in the next fiscal year and special circumstances for salary upgrades and extraordinary relief. This is great news for maaps schools!
The Conference Committee budget funds the Special Education Circuit Breaker at the Final House Budget amount of $281,231,181. This is $4 million higher than the Governor’s budget, but $13 million lower than the Final Senate Budget, and $16 million lower than the Coalition for Special Education Funding’s recommended amount of $297 million.
We were successful in our advocacy to the Legislature, now we have to ask Governor Baker to support the exceptional work happening every day at maaps member schools. We are using the maaps Action Network to contact the Governor asking that he support C766 schools and not override Outside Section 119. We will continue this push until the budget is finalized.
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 maaps Action Network.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the budget process winds down. Please feel free to contact Jim Daiute, maaps Director of Government Affairs and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.