The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' FY2018 Budget Process for ACEC/MA Members

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ACEC/MA Resource Page on the FY2018 Budget Process

(updated as of  April 19, 2017)

 

Massachusetts government is funded on a fiscal year basis. Fiscal Year 2018 runs from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. This page will give you updates on the FY2018 budget process.  This page lists newest actions first.

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Link to Amendments filed - for House Ways and Means Committee Budget

ACEC/MA, working with Rasky Partners, Inc., is following several budget amendments related to infrastructure funding.

 

Debate on the House Ways and Means FY2018 Budget Proposal begins on April 24, 2017. 

Link to House Ways and Means Committee Budget Proposal

  April 10, 2017: The House Committee on Ways and Means release its draft of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget today. The budget is not expected to include any broad based tax increases. Proposed amendments to the budget must be filed by the end of the day on Thursday. The full House is expected to begin debate on the budget and the proposed amendments on Monday, April 24, 2017.

 

ACEC/MA Infrastructure Related Line Items in House Ways and Means FY2018 Budget proposal

 

House Ways and Means Budget FY18 – Outside Sections of interest to ACEC/MA Members:

 

SECTION 4. Section 15 of chapter 6C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official 2 Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "expenditures", in line 12, the following 3 words:- , unless used as the state match to federal funding for transportation projects; provided, 4 however, that the department shall report annually, on or before February 1, to the house and 5 senate chairs of the joint committee on transportation, on the following: (i) the amount of capital 6 expenditures used as the state match to federally-eligible capital projects; (ii) the total number of 7 department employee salaries included in capital expenditures, including a breakdown by 8 division of the position titles and accompanying salaries; (iii) the total number of employees of 9 the division of highways assigned to capital projects; (iv) a schedule of transportation capital 10 projects where employee salaries are included in capital expenditures; (v) the status of said 11 projects; (vi) any projected cost savings; and (vii) the impact of including department employee 12 salaries in capital expenditures on the ability of the division of highways to plan, design, 13 construct and complete transportation capital projects.

 

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Section 35EEE. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a 28 separate expendable trust, to be known as the Commonwealth Facility Trust for Energy 29 Efficiency, hereinafter in this section referred to as the trust. There shall be credited to the trust: 30 (i) amounts paid by agencies having completed energy or water efficiency projects funded at 31 least in part by monies disbursed from the trust; (ii) any monies received by the commonwealth 32 from persons or governmental, quasi-governmental or non-governmental entities as rebates, 33 credits, securities, grants, or the like as a result of enhancing energy efficiency and utilizing 34 renewable energy applications in facility projects funded at least in part by monies disbursed 35 from the trust; and (iii) any appropriations, bond proceeds, or other monies authorized by the 36 general court and specifically designated to be credited thereto. The comptroller shall disburse 37 amounts in the trust at the direction of the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Recommendations 199 38 with the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance, without 39 further appropriation, for the purpose of funding certain small and medium energy and water 40 efficiency projects at state facilities identified by the division of capital asset management and 41 maintenance. The secretary of administration and finance or the commissioner of the division of 42 capital asset management and maintenance may require agencies to agree to repayment terms, 43 including without limitation payment of administrative fees, as a condition of receipt of monies 44 from the trust. All monies received from non-governmental parties by the division of capital 45 asset management and maintenance under this section shall be by check made payable to the 46 commonwealth of Massachusetts and deposited in the trust by the division of capital asset 47 management and maintenance. Amounts credited to the trust shall not be subject to further 48 appropriation. Money remaining in the trust at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert to the 49 General Fund and shall be available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years.

 

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SECTION 15. Section 14 of chapter 25A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby 68 amended by striking out, in lines 1 and 2, the words "or local governmental body" and inserting 69 in place thereof the following words:- , local governmental body or the judiciary. 70 SECTION 16. Said section 14 of said chapter 25A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended 71 by striking out, in line 9, the words "or body" and inserting in place thereof the following 72 words:- , body or the judiciary. 73 SECTION 17. Said section 14 of said chapter 25A, as so appearing, is hereby further amended 74 by striking out, in line 14, the word "or local governmental body" and inserting in place thereof 75 the following words:- , local governmental body or the judiciary.

 

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SECTION 22. Section 1 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended 195 by inserting after the word "system", in line 574, the following words:- , and the Massachusetts 196 Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund shall be deemed to be a system.

 

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SECTION 35. Subsection (a) of section 17C of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in 363 section 193 of chapter 218 of the acts of 2016, is hereby amended by striking out the words “on 364 any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district in the city or town on any way that is not 365 a state highway” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- on all roadways inside 366 thickly settled or business districts in the city or town that are not state highways.

 

Link to House 1,

the Governor's FY2018 Budget Proposal

January 25, 2017:  Governor Baker released his proposed FY18 budget which totaled $40.5 Billion and boosts state spending by $1.655 Billion while also calling for reforms to the health insurance market and tax policy changes. This is the first budget in state history to exceed the $40 billion mark and relies on a forecast of $27 billion in tax collections next year and an additional  $187 million in taxes via a series of  tax modernization proposals.

The Baker-Polito Administration budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), is known as “House 1.” 

 

The Governor's Budget Message

 

Here are several items of interest to ACEC/MA Members.

 
Executive Summary
 
Transportation
The FY17 House 2 proposal supports the ongoing needs of both the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA.  The proposed funding levels, coupled with substantial capital investments, will support the important work of both MassDOT and the MBTA as we continue to invest in transportation to support economic development, prosperous cities and towns and the quality of life for the Commonwealth’s residents, workers, and visitors.
 
MBTA
As requested by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), the FY17 House 2 proposal includes $187 million in additional contract assistance to the MBTA, an amount which was increased by over $64 million (53%) in the first Baker-Polito budget in FY16.  This amount is on top of the statutorily-required Base Revenue Amount that is automatically provided to the MBTA from sales tax and other general revenue, which increases to $1.001 billion in FY17.
 
The FMCB is hard at work implementing a combination of internal cost controls, increases in own-source revenue, strategic privatization, carefully considered changes to high-cost low-ridership services and predictable and moderate fare increases to close the MBTA’s structural operating deficit.  The proposed additional contract assistance of $187 million – which brings total state assistance to the MBTA to nearly $1.2 billion annually – should be viewed as a resource that will allow the MBTA to increase spending on maintenance, State of Good Repair, and other capital needs. The FY17 House 2 proposal limits the use of these funds to a variety of capital-related needs, including repayment of so-called “legacy debt”, the movement of costs from the capital to operating budget, pay-as-you-go capital programs, and debt service for new MBTA borrowing for the purposes of improving the system's State of Good Repair.
 
 

Outside Sections

 

Commonwealth Facility Trust for Energy Efficiency

 

SECTION 10.   Chapter 10 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 35DDD the following section:-

 

Section 35EEE. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate expendable trust, to be known as the Commonwealth Facility Trust for Energy Efficiency, hereinafter in this section referred to as the trust. There shall be credited to the trust (i) an initial $500,000 transfer from the existing Energy Credit, Efficiency and Sustainable Design Trust Fund previously established by a declaration by the secretary of the executive office of administration and finance executed March 21, 2006 and most recently amended and restated on March 1, 2011; (ii) amounts paid by agencies having completed energy and/or water efficiency projects funded at least in part by monies disbursed from the trust; (iii) any monies received by the commonwealth from persons or governmental, quasi-governmental or non-governmental entities as rebates, credits, securities, grants, or the like as a result of enhancing energy efficiency and utilizing renewable energy applications in facility projects funded at least in part by monies disbursed from the trust; and (iv) any appropriations, bond proceeds, or other monies authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited thereto. The comptroller shall disburse amounts in the trust at the direction of the secretary of administration and finance, in consultation with the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance, without further appropriation, for the purpose of funding certain small and medium energy and water efficiency projects at state facilities identified by the division of capital asset management and maintenance. The secretary of administration and finance or the commissioner of the division of capital asset management and maintenance may require agencies to agree to repayment terms, including without limitation payment of administrative fees, as a condition of receipt of monies from the trust. All monies received from non-governmental parties by the division of capital asset management and maintenance under this section shall be by check made payable to the commonwealth of Massachusetts and deposited in the trust by the division of capital asset management and maintenance. Amounts credited to the trust shall not be subject to further appropriation. Money remaining in the trust at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund and shall be available for expenditure in subsequent fiscal years.

 

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Room Occupancy Tax Changes 1

 

SECTION 36.   Chapter 64G of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out sections 1 to 12, inclusive, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following 11 sections:-

 

Section 1. As used in this chapter the following words shall, unless the context requires otherwise, have the following meanings:

 

(a) ''Bed and breakfast establishment'', a private owner-occupied house where 4 or more rooms or units are let and a breakfast is included in the rent, and all accommodations are reserved in advance.

 

(b) ''Bed and breakfast home'', a private owner-occupied house where 3 or fewer rooms or units are let and a breakfast is included in the rent, and all accommodations are reserved in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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