News Gov. signs FY ’20 budget; no cuts to human services allocations

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $43.3 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020 this morning, July 31, leaving all funding for human services line items unchanged from the budget plan approved by the state Legislature on July 21.

A recap of the final Conference Committee budget is available here, and as the Governor did not veto any spending, all Conference Committee amounts will remain the same. The Council’s budget tracking spreadsheet is available for download here.

The final budget also includes language to guarantee that Competitive Integrated Employment Services programs will be funded at no less than FY ’19 levels. The Council and members providing CIES programs had advocated strongly for this language.

The Governor made few vetoes, and amended some of the outside sections with regard to wind energy and meals and alcohol taxes. You can see the Governor’s vetoes here. After signing the budget in his office on Wednesday morning, he told reporters he did not veto any spending because “this budget’s balanced,” according to the State House News Service.

If you have questions about the state budget, please email Bill Yelenak at bill@providers.org.

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