FY2015 Budget Progress & FY2001-2014 History

The budget process begins in January when the Governor sends the administration's budget to the House. During January and February, House and Senate members meet individually with the chairs of House and Senate Ways and Means to list budget priorities. House and Senate Ways and Means hold hearings during February and March. House Ways and Means releases its budget in mid-April; amendments are filed and the House votes on its final budget in late April.

Next, Senate Ways and Means releases its budget in mid-May; amendments are filed and the full Senate approves its budget in late May. Any differences in the House and Senate budget are sent to a Conference Committee. The Conference Committee usually finishes its work in June; both House and Senate must approve the Conference Committee budget before it is sent to the Governor. Governor signs the budget and then it becomes law. In most years, this process is completed before July 1st.

FY2015 Budget Progress

Governor Patrick released House 2, the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget recommendations. All lines managed by the Board of Library Commissioners received increases.

Line 7000-9401 funds the Massachusetts Library System and the Library for the Commonwealth. House 2 provides The Library for the Commonwealth $0.394 for every resident; in the 2014 budget, the Library for the Commonwealth received $0.383 per resident.

House 2 authorizes the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit set" in statute (no limit); the same as the 2014 budget (Line 7000-9501).

The House voted on its budget recommendation during the last week of April. All lines managed by the Board of Library Commissioners received increases. The House added a new line to accounts managed by the MBLC - 7000-9508: Massachusetts Center for the Book - and funds it at $125,000.

Line 7000-9401 provides $0.407 per capita for the Library for the Commonwealth and Line 7000-9501 budget language authorizes the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit set" in statute.

Senate Ways and Means released its budget on May 14. This budget restores over $2 million to the State Aid Program and increases Line 7000-9506 by over $700,000. All other lines managed by the Board received increases. Line 7000-9401 provides $0.383 per capita for the Library for the Commonwealth and 7000-9501 budget language authorizes the MBLC to award waivers "in excess of the waiver limit set" in statute. The Senate will vote on its final budget recommendation on May 21.

Item No. Item Name

FY 2014 Budget

FY 2015
Governor's Budget (H2)
January 2014

FY 2015

House Budget H4001

April 2014

FY 2015

Senate Ways and Means Budget

May 2014

FY 2015 Budget

7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,012,047 $1,120,047 $1,120,047 $1,120,047 $1,120,047
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $9,579,475 $9,723,978 $9,805,978 $9,723,978 $9,888,482
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $441,394 $446,828 $446,828 $446,828 $446,828
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,455,408 $2,516,693 $2,516,693 $2,516,693 $2,516,693
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $6,823,657 $6,960,130 $7,223,657 $9,989,844 $9,000,000
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $1,929,238 $1,967,823 $2,129,238 $2,867,823 $2,729,238
7000-9508 Center for the Book $125,000 $125,000
TOTAL: $22,241,219 $22,735,499 $23,367,441 $26,665,213 $25,821,288

Budget History

For past budget information, refer to the documents below.

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