New State Budget for Special Education Approved

Gov. Charlie Baker signs $43.32 billion state budget with no spending vetoes
Posted on 07/31/2019
Gov. Charlie Baker signs the fiscal 2020 budget into law on July 31, 2019. (Shira Schoenberg / The Republican)

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed into law a $43.32 billion state budget for fiscal 2020, without vetoing any spending. Following is a summary. Please follow the link at the bottom of the page for the full article: 

Summary:  The new budget totals $43.3 billion, which is a 3.76% increase in spending over FY '19. The FY ’20 budget contains language providing for the following:

  • $25 million in new funding for circuit breaker, which is now funded at $345.1 Million, and represents an increase of 17.7% over FY '19 appropriations (circuit breaker provides state aid to public schools for special education students);
  • An inflation increase for C766 school tuition rates;
  • Allows for tuition rate increases for program reconstruction, special circumstances for salary upgrades, extraordinary relief and increased rates for out-of-state purchasers;
  • Chapter 70 state aid for education increased to $268 Million, or 2.57%, for a total of $5.2 billion;
  • $902 million for the Department of Mental Health, an increase of $26 million over FY19;
  • Funds the Department of Developmental Services’ Turning 22 program at $25 million.

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