FY 2017 Budget & FY 2001-2016 History

FY 2016 - 2017 Budget

Item No. Item Name FY 2016 Budget FY 2017 Legislative Agenda Request FY 2017 House Budget FY 2017 Senate Budget FY 2017 Conference Committee Budget FY 2017 Governor's Budget FY 2017 Final Budget
7000-9101 Board of Library Commissioners $1,077,431 $1,225,000 $1,077,431 $1,225,000 $1,077,431 $1,077,431 $1,077,431
7000-9401 State Aid to Regional Libraries $9,883,482*
+55,000 (earmark)
$10,940,475 $10,133,482^ $9,883,482 $9,883,482 $9,770,379* $9,883,482*
(MLS1: $7,381,599
LFC2: $2,501,883)
7000-9402 Talking Book Library (Worcester) $446,828 $460,233 $446,828 $446,828 $446,828 $441,715 $441,715
7000-9406 Talking Book & Machine Lending (Perkins) $2,516,693 $2,592,194 $2,516,693 $2,516,693 $2,516,693 $2,487,893 $2,487,893
7000-9501 State Aid to Public Libraries $9,000,000
+$29,000 (earmark)
$13,500,000 $9,500,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $8,897,007 $9,000,000
7000-9506 Library Technology & Resource Sharing $2,076,564
+$40,000 (earmark)
$6,000,000 $2,076,564 $2,376,564 $2,076,564 $2,076,564 $2,076,564
7000-9508 Center for the Book $200,000 $206,000 $200,000 not funded $200,000 $0 $200,000
TOTAL: $25,324,998 $34,923,902 $25,950,998 $25,448,567 $25,200,998 $24,750,989 $25,167,085
Federal Grant Spending
Library Services Technology Act $3,220,591

Notes:
1MLS = Massachusetts Library System
2LFC = Library for the Commonwealth (at Boston Public Library)
* Library for the Commonwealth funded at 40.7 cents per capita
^ Library for the Commonwealth funded at 44.7 cents per capita

FY 2017 Budget Progress

January 27, 2016
The governor released his budget recommendation for FY 2017.

April 2016
The House of Representatives released its budget recommendation. Amendments passed to increase funding to State Aid to Public Libraries (7000-9501) and State Aid to Regional Libraries (7000-9401), and to fund the Center for the Book (7000-9508) at $200,000.

May 2016
The Senate released its budget recommendation. The MBLC's administrative line (7000-9101) and Technology and Resource Sharing (7000-9506) received increases.

July 2016
The governor vetoed $256 million in the state's FY 2017 budget proposal, reducing funding by $450,009 across five MBLC budget lines.

Notes on FY 2016 Budget

Line 7000-9401 includes funding for the Library for the Commonwealth at $0.407 per capita, funding for the Massachusetts Library System, and $55,000 to the town of Milton for a traffic improvements around the Milton Public Library.

Line 7000-9501 includes $9,000,000 for State Aid to Public Libraries and $29,000 to be divided equally among libraries in Granville, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, and Tolland.

Line 7000-9506 includes funding of $40,000 for technology upgrades for the West Boylston Public Library.

FY 2001-2016 Budget History

How the Budget Process Works

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.

Page last updated on 08/12/2016