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Cuts to Early Education & Care in the House Budget for FY 2014

Quality Early Education & Care helps prepare kids for success in school and in life. The House budget would cut funding for Early Ed. & Care by $11 million–on top of the already-steep cuts that have been made since 2001.

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House Budget for FY 2014: Amendments Adopted During Debate

Most of the differences between the House budget and the Ways & Means proposal amount to small, targeted funding increases. There is some restoration of the Ways & Means cuts to Early Education & Care and Youth Empowerment programs.

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Children and Public Health in the House Ways & Means Budget

Public Health helps to ensure the health and well-being of children in Massachusetts. Since 2001, overall funding for Public Health programs that support children has been cut 30%. The HWM budget includes further cuts to these programs.

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Cuts to Youth Empowerment Programs in the HWM Budget

The Youth Empowerment programs that we organize through our government help young people find jobs, break from cycles of violence, and build careers. The House Ways & Means budget for FY 2014 would cut funding for these programs by 50 percent.

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The House Ways & Means Budget for FY 2014

The House Ways & Means Budget for FY 2014 | Although the House Ways & Means budget does include some new funding for Higher Education, Transportation, and Local Aid, the Governor’s budget provided larger investments to address the long-term needs of our communities and our state economy.

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The Joint Ways & Means Transportation Proposal

The Joint Ways & Means transportation package uses a combination of new tax revenue and increased fees to shore up MBTA finances and move MassDOT employees from the capital budget to the operating budget. It is significantly smaller than the Governor’s earlier transportation package and it does not include the Governor’s investments in education.

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Youth Employment in the Governor’s FY 2014 Budget

Every career begins with a first job. In recent years, it has gotten harder for young people in Massachusetts to find that first job. In fact, nearly 1 in 7 is unemployed. In order to help young people find work and train for careers, our state government has created a number of job placement and training programs

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Public Higher Education in Massachusetts and the Governor’s FY 2014 Budget

Funding for higher education has been cut 31% since 2001. As part of a multi-year effort to restore a significant portion of those cuts, the Governor has proposed a large increase in support for scholarships along with additional funding for UMass, State Universities, and Community Colleges.

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General Local Aid in the Governor’s Budget

To help cities and towns support police and fire protection, parks, and other core local services, the state provides funding through General Local Aid. Since 2001, that funding has fallen by 46%. Under the Governor’s FY 2014 proposal, general local aid would be increased for the first time in five years, albeit by a relatively small amount.

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Nurturing Kids, Supporting Families: Early Education & Care in the Massachusetts State Budget

Quality Early Education & Care can help prepare children for success in school and in life–while also giving parents the flexibility they need to find and keep jobs. This brief discusses the different ways our Commonwealth invests in Early Education & Care.

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