MAC’s Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2019
The Ways and Means Committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives released their budget for fiscal year 2019 on Wednesday, April 11. Below is a list of MAC’s budget priorities for the children who need our support.
Click here to contact your House representative and ask them to support and co-sponsor these key House Ways and Means Committee budget amendments to the FY19 budget. It is best to contact your representative by Friday, April 13th at 5 pm (the filing deadline for sponsors). However, e-mails will still be helpful until Monday, April 23rd as representatives can still sign on to co-sponsor.
For an overview of the budget process, see below.
MAC’s Budget Priorities:
- Language Access in Schools: Representative Alice Peisch will file an amendment to establish an outside section directing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a Task Force to develop recommendations regarding the training and certification of interpreters in educational settings in order to improve language access for limited English proficient (LEP) parents. Click here for a fact sheet.
- Civil Legal Aid (0321-1600): Representative Ruth Balser filed an amendment to increase the House Ways and Means Committee recommendation by an additional $2 million, for a total appropriation of $22 million. Click here to learn more.
- Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative and Higher Education (7066-9600): Representative Sean Garballey is filing an amendment to the House Ways and Means Committee budget in order to increase the proposed budget to $1.7 million so as to increase college access for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism. This program allows individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or autism who have not passed MCAS to participate in college classes and campus life with non-disabled peers. Click here for a fact sheet and click here to send an email to your Representative for this line item.
- Special Education Circuit Breaker (7061-0012): Rep. Jennifer Benson is filing a budget amendment (no. 693) to increase this line item by an additional $18.8 million in order to maintain the full funding to the Special Education Circuit Breaker account, which helps school districts defray the cost of providing legally required special education services and supports. Click here for a fact sheet.
Safe and Supportive Schools: The House Ways and Means Committee Budget funded the Safe and Supportive Schools line item at $600,000, an increase of $100,000. No further action is needed at this time. This critical funding, if included in the final budget, will support implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute. The work of building Safe and Supportive learning environments for all Massachusetts students continues to move forward. If needed, we will be back in touch to ask you to contact your legislators to ask for their support for adequate funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item.
Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver: The House Ways and Means Committee Budget funded the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver line item at $5 million, an increase of $500,000. No further action is needed at this time. If needed, we will be back in touch to ask you to contact your legislators to ask for their support for adequate funding for this vital support for children with autism. Click here for a fact sheet.