Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a $38.09 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The budget makes critical investments in key areas of local aid, education, economic development and services for vulnerable and under-served populations.
“This final budget builds on the themes and investments of the Senate Ways and Means recommendations to lift all families and invest in our future,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “I am proud of the collaborative process and spirited, thoughtful debate this week to create a budget that reflects shared Senate values and advances individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth.”
On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced a $38.01 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The budget makes strategic, targeted investments in a variety of areas to create new opportunities, strengthen networks of support and encourage overall economic growth for individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth.
“These budget line items are more than just numbers,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka. “They reflect shared Senate values and our commitment to foster upward economic mobility and greater equality for all residents. Our goal is to lift all families and lay the foundation for shared prosperity.”
Read more about the Senate Ways and Means budget recommendations in the news:
- State Senate plan aims to help long-term unemployed, Boston Globe
- Early-ed spending up in Senate’s proposed $38 billion state budget, Boston Globe
- Like House, Senate budget hews close to Baker on taxes, spending, State House News Service
- Senate panel seeks to curb cost of overdose drug, The MetroWest Daily News
- Senate budget proposal focuses on education, economic development, social services, The Republican
Senators can file amendments to the Senate Ways and Means recommendations until Thursday at 5 p.m. The full Senate will then debate the Fiscal Year 2016 budget in formal session beginning Tuesday, May 19th.
In June, a Conference Committee will work out the differences between the House and Senate versions and send a compromise budget to the Governor.
The Senate on Thursday voted to pass a $402.2 million supplemental budget to cover costs of increased caseloads, time sensitive deficiencies and unanticipated cost increases in Fiscal Year 2015, announced Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. The supplemental budget includes funds to support increased caseloads in the Department of Children and Families and the state emergency shelter system, as well as additional funds for snow and ice removal.
“This mid-year spending bill allows us to sustain critical government services through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget,” said Senator Spilka. “These funds support social workers, emergency assistance and shelter for homeless families and other services that help children, families and communities across the Commonwealth. We also provide funding to help our communities continue to recover from this winter’s historic storms.”
Senators continue statewide Commonwealth Conversations tour to reach out to the people of MetroWest
On Monday, March 2nd, Senator Karen Spilka will continue a statewide tour of Senate districts, visiting businesses, universities and local organizations to listen to the concerns of the residents of MetroWest. Senator Spilka will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Assistant Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Senators Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) and Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) and other senators from across the state.
Senator Karen Spilka or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Franklin and Medway on Tuesday, February 3rd. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district.
Franklin Office Hours
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
17 East Central Street, Franklin
Medway Office Hours
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
116 Main Street, Medway
Residents who are unable to attend or are interested in scheduling an appointment should contact Senator Spilka’s office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.
Priorities include consumer protection, women’s equality and health, under-served and vulnerable groups
Senator Karen Spilka today announced key pieces of her legislative agenda for the new 2015-2016 legislative session. In addition to her economic development and innovation priorities, Senator Spilka will continue to advocate for consumer protection, women’s equality and health, transportation issues and vulnerable populations in MetroWest and across the Commonwealth.
“These bills address many different issues and challenges that people in our community and state-wide face,” said Senator Spilka. “I look forward to another session of speaking up for those who don’t always have a voice and working to secure a brighter future for under-served and at-risk residents of MetroWest and the Commonwealth.”
Priorities Include Civic Innovation, Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurship & Education
Senator Karen Spilka today announced key pieces of her economic development legislative agenda for the new 2015-2016 legislative session. Senator Spilka will continue to advocate for programs and policies that encourage economic growth, job creation and innovation across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy.
“I am always looking for new ways to help Massachusetts companies start, grow and thrive here,” said Senator Spilka. “We need to continue to support all sectors of our economy, foster innovation and improve education and workforce training opportunities. I look forward to a new session advocating on behalf of smart economic development policies for MetroWest and the Commonwealth.”
Senator Spilka will also continue her work to boost the state’s thriving life sciences, biotech and technology sectors in particular as co-chair of both the Biotech Caucus and the Tech Hub Caucus.
Senator Spilka’s bills to advance economic development and encourage job creation and innovation include: