FY14 Budget, FY13 Supplemental Budget Updates

Thank you for all of your phone calls, visits and emails on the FY14 budget over the past few months.

The House and Senate approved the conference committee budget and sent it onto the Governor this week.  Here’s the headline on workforce programs: The FY14 budget mostly preserves FY13 funding levels, with exceptions noted below.

We’d like to thank the conference committee for renewing support for YouthWorks, which provides employment opportunities for low-income young adults and teens and is especially important at a time when we have skyrocketing teen unemployment.  In addition, the FY13 supplemental budget includes $10,000,000 for YouthWorks for this summer, essentially level funding this program.

We’re also thrilled to see the inclusion of a new line item in support of Adult College Transition Services (7066-0040), and one in support of developing a STEM pipeline (7066-0035).

The inclusion of performance funding for community colleges is also a step in the right direction and one step closer to fully realizing the community college reforms passed by the legislature last session.

We’re disappointed that the budget did not include funding for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund or increased funding for the state’s One Stop Career Centers, which are serving more customers than ever and receiving fewer and fewer resources.  We will be working on funding for the WCTF in a fall jobs/stimulus bill, which we hear is a strong possibility.  Stay tuned for more on that!

Governor Patrick now has 10 days to review the budget, veto individual line items or outside sections, and sign it.

FY14 Budget Chart – Workforce Items with House, Senate and FY13 comparisons

Access the full conference committee report on the FY14 Budget

MassBudget Summary of the FY14 Budget

AIM Blogpost on the FY14 Budget

Summaries of workforce line items in the FY14 budget follow.

Line item Program

FY14 Budget

4401-1000 Employment Services Program

$7.68 million

7002-0012 Youths-At-Risk Summer Jobs

$9,000,000

+$10,000,000 for FY13 in supp budget

7003-0803 One Stop Career Centers

$4,494,467

7027-0019 School To Work Connecting Activities

$2,750,000

7035-0002 Adult Basic Education

$30.1 million

8100-0111 Shannon Anti-Violence grants

$7 million

7070-006 High demand scholarships

$1 million

7066-0035 STEM Pipeline Fund

$1.5 million

7066-0040 Adult College Transition Services

$250,000

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