Senate Committee on Ways and Means releases budget

Thursday, May. 18, 2017
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The Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its FY18 budget proposal earlier this week. Proposed amendments to the pending budget are due back today (May 18) and debate is set to begin next week.

The Trial Court received $657.3 million in funding for FY18. This level of funding is greater than the $657.2 passed by the House last month. The Senate budget proposal includes the expansion of the Housing Court, which was not included in the House budget.

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) was level-funded at $18 million, $2 million less than the House budget proposal of $20 million. Senator Cynthia Creem (D-Newton) has filed an amendment seeking to add $2 million in funding to MLAC's line item.

Please contact your state senator today and ask them to support Senator Creem's amendment to increase legal aid funding during the budget debate. For more information about the amendment, please visit the Equal Justice Coalition action alert page.