News Senate Ways & Means proposes $57.9 billion FY ’25 budget with $390 million for Chapter 257

The Senate Ways & Means Committee (SWM) released its FY ’25 budget proposal this afternoon, a $57.9 billion spending plan that, in keeping with Gov. Maura Healey and the House Ways & Means Committee (HWM), would allocate a record amount of funds to the human services sector. It also included language that would create a study of the pay disparity between community-based human services workers and state employees with similar jobs.

The proposal includes $390 million for the Chapter 257 Reserve, which represents an increase of $160 million, or nearly 70%, from FY ’23. (The Council compared the Chapter 257 line item to the FY ’23 budget, rather than the FY ’24 budget, because the number of Chapter 257 rates reviewed by EOHHS alternate in proportion every other year.) As the Governor, House and SWM all proposed a $390 million Chapter 257 Reserve for FY ’25, it is extremely likely this funding amount will be in the final FY ’25 budget.

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 LaJuan Allen.

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