Baker-Polito Administration File Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal
On January 27th, Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito filed their budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). The plan continues the multi-year effort of bringing state spending in line with revenues, significantly reducing the state's reliance on one-time solutions, and budgeting for a sizable deposit into the stabilization fund.
The administration's plan recommends key investments in education, local aid, addressing substance misuse, workforce development, transportation, and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), all without raising taxes or fees.
Some key increased investments include:
- Unrestricted local aid funding by 4.3%, or $42 million, which is 100% of tax revenue growth.
- Chapter 70 funding for local schools by $72.1 million.
- Workforce training by $20.6 million.
- Career technical skills programs by $3.1 million.
- Charter school reimbursement by $20.5 million.
- Opioid-related annual spending by $40 million since November 2015.
- DCF by $30.5 million in new annual spending.
- Early Education child care vouchers by $12.6 million.
- Fun and Safe Summer Program at DCR, started in Summer 2015, by $300,000.
Read Governor Baker's FY2017 Budget Message Budget Message