Facts In Action
the State House:
2002 Budget Includes Major Cuts
we go to print, the Massachusetts legislature has finally delivered
a completed budget for fiscal year 2002. Declining revenues, an
economic recession, and a voter-approved tax cut led to a number
of serious cuts, particularly in human services. In early care
and education and out-of-school time accounts:
school and out-of-school time accounts sustained major blows,
with the elimination of a competitive community-based after-school
grant program at the Department of Education, and the elimination
of $3 million in the Targeted Cities program - an Executive
Office of Health and Human Services initiative providing funds
to the eleven Massachusetts cities with the highest numbers
of at-risk youth.
Department of Education's Community Partnerships for Children
(CPC) program took a cut amounting to 7.5% of the program's
total budget statewide.
being threatened with elimination in Acting Governor Jane Swift's
proposed "recovery budget," the Trial Court Child
Care program was funded in the final budget submitted by the
legislature, and survived Swift's round of vetoes.
December 1st, Swift submitted vetoes, followed by a supplemental
budget which restored some of the legislature's cuts in human service
accounts. The supplemental budget did not include additional funding
for early care and education accounts or out-of-school time. In
her vetoes, Swift eliminated language in the legislature's budget
calling for the creation of a state level career ladder for the
early care and education field. A call to investigate career ladder
models was included in the Governor's Commission on School Readiness
recommendations, submitted to the Acting Governor in November.
the Fiscal Year 2002 Massachusetts State Budget, go to www.mass.gov/legis/budgets/prevfiscal.htm,
or contact Christine Johnson-Staub at (617) 695-0700 x229 or cjstaub@AssociatedEarlyCareAndEducation.org.Editor's Note: this url is no longer active.
Facts in Action, December 2001
|Goodbye from the printed version of Facts in Action.