Senate Ways and Means Committee releases budget

Thursday, May. 19, 2016
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee released its $39.49 billion budget earlier this week.

The Trial Court was funded at $643.5 million, but that amount does not include funding for specialty courts. It is shy of the $654.3 million requested by the Trial Court for maintenance funding and $6 million more than the House budget. However, unlike the House version of the budget, the Senate version does include funding for expansion of the Housing Court.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was level-funded at $17 million, $1.5 million less than the $18.5 million in the House budget. Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) has filed an amendment seeking an additional $3 million for civil legal aid. For information on MLAC's funding, click here.

The Senate will begin debating its budget on Tuesday, May 24.