News Gov. Baker proposes $48.5 billion FY ’23 budget

Governor Charlie Baker this afternoon presented his FY ’23 budget proposal, a $48.5 billion spending plan that he said would create an array of tax breaks for families, low-income workers and seniors, and represents a “fiscally-responsible, balanced budget that makes important investments in our economy, schools and communities.”

The proposal includes a record $230 million for Chapter 257 Reserve and notes that the Executive Office of Health and Human Services will submit a report to the legislature no later than March 30, 2023 detailing the implementation of initiatives that increase the hourly wages and compensation of direct care human services workers.

The preliminary analysis from the Providers’ Council, which tracks frequently discussed human services line items, is located here. To discuss any of these line items or ask that other line items be tracked, please contact Bill Yelenak.

Among other highlights in the budget proposal were a 9.8% increase to Emergency Aid to Elderly Disabled & Children, a 6.9% increase to Department of Children and Families congregate care services and a 6.4% increase to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The proposal also includes a $749 million increase to the Stabilization Fund, which the Governor said will bring the balance to an all-time high of $6.64 billion by the end of FY23.

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