Conference Committee Budget Released–Workforce, Community College Line Items

Thank you for all of your phone calls, visits and emails on the budget over the past few months.  Here’s the headline–the legislative budget conference committee issued their report last night.  The budget mostly preserves FY12 funding levels for workforce programs; includes slight increases for some; and slight decreases for others, for which we will seek support in a supplemental budget, as has been done in previous years.  Given continued challenges in the state budget, this is a great outcome.

In addition, the conference committee report included all of the community college reform provisions sought by members of the Coalition FOR Community Colleges.  These provisions include many opportunities for workforce training providers, community colleges, and vocational-technical schools to work more closely together, which is also good news.

Both branches of the legislature will vote at 2 pm today on the adoption of the conference budget and then send it on to the Governor Patrick, who has 10 days to review the budget, veto individual line items or outside sections, and sign it.

Access the full conference committee report.

Read a summary of budget line items.

Charts of FY13 MA State Budget Conference Committee Workforce Training Line Items with House, Senate and FY12 comparisons

Summaries of the workforce and community college line items and outside sections follow.

FY13 MA State Budget Conference Committee Workforce Training Line Items

Line item Program

FY13 Resolution

4401-1000 Employment Services Program


7002-0012 Youths-At-Risk Summer Jobs


+$6,000,000 supp budget

7003-0803 One Stop Career Centers


7027-0019 School To Work Connecting Activities


7035-0002 Adult Basic Education


8100-0111 Shannon Grants Violence



New Workforce Items of interest

Line item Program

FY13 Resolution

Outside Section 170 Community College Workforce Grants


gaming revenue

7009-6400 Programs for English Language Learners in Gateway Cities


7009-6402 Gateway Cities Career Academies


7066-0050 Rapid Response Grants to Community Colleges


7002-0020 Precision Manufacturing Pilot (Hampden County)


7070-0066 High Demand Scholarship program



Community College Reform Sections

Section Description
46 The Governor has the ability to appoint the chairs of the college board of trustees.
47 Establishes greater coordination between vocational-technical schools and community colleges
51 An Office of Coordination shall be established by the Commissioner as a central clearing house for all workforce training opportunities across higher education.
170 Community College Workforce Grants using gaming revenue, requires participation of CommCorp and employer match
171 The Commissioner of Higher Education is now empowered to establish a funding formula for the colleges, using performance metrics such as those included in the Vision Project.
172 The Board of Higher Education shall issue guidelines and procedures for the selection, compensation, evaluation, and removal of college presidents.
7066-0025 The Performance Management budget set aside funded at $7.5 million, with $5 million to be used to develop a system of core course offerings and numbering.



Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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