The Massachusetts State Budget Process
Each year, the Massachusetts state legislature passes a state budget that provides funding for various state programs, agencies and departments for the following year. The budget process begins in January, when the Governor files his budget recommendations. In April and May the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate each pass their own separate budget proposals and in June, a Conference Committee made up of three Senators and three Representatives, is appointed to iron out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. A joint budget is sent to the Governor by July 1st and the Governor has ten days to approve, amend or veto each line item.
Check out our INFOGRAPHIC below for further information about the state budget process.
At each stage of this process, advocates, including Massachusetts Appleseed and our supporters, have opportunities to contact their elected representatives and urge them to adequately fund programs that they care about.You can reach your elected officials by:
- Calling the State House switchboard: 617-722-2000
- Looking up their email and other direct contact information via www.wheredoivotema.com.
CLICK HERE for ACTION ALERTS from Massachusetts Appleseed with information about how you can advocate in support of funding for programs that address youth homelessness and fair access to education and justice.
FACT SHEETS describing some of the budget line items that we support:
- Funding for legal aid;
- Funding for safe and supportive schools;
- Funding for statewide housing court;
- Funding for unaccompanied homeless youth.