This week, the six-member legislative conference committee released a $41.88 billion state budget for fiscal year 2019, reconciling differences between House and Senate budget proposals. Importantly, the final budget version included a bold new investment for summer learning (see page 177). This provision, funded at $500,000, will enable more than a thousand additional young people across the Commonwealth to access research-based summer learning opportunities.
We applaud the Conference Committee members for their leadership and support:
House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sánchez
Representative Stephen Kulik
Representative Todd Smola
Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka
Senator Joan Lovely
Senator Vinny deMacedo
Many thanks to Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn for sponsoring the budget amendment, and Representative Alice Peisch, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, for filing the legislation that informed this budget provision. We are appreciative of the following critical allies: Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Mayor Joseph M. Petty of Worcester, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll of Salem, Mayor Jon F. Mitchell of New Bedford, and Mayor Bill Carpenter of Brockton.
Hours after the agreement was announced, the full House voted 143-6 to accept it, and the full Senate approved it by a vote of 36-1. Governor Baker now has 10 days to review the budget and issue any vetoes or amendments.