Massachusetts government is funded on a fiscal year basis. The 2018 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  In order to view the officially published budget document as it moves through the legislative budget development cycle, you may click on the links in the boxes below.  For example, to see the Governor's Budget Recommendation, click the date under "Governor's Budget"; to see the House Budget Recommendation, click on the date under "House Budget".

In order to see a comparison of each budget version with other versions published to date, you may click FY2018 Budget Summary

Overview of the budget process 

Fiscal year 2018 budget documentsBudget-writing steps

Governor's Budget
January 25, 2017

The budget begins as a bill that the Governor submits on the 4th Wednesday in January (or five weeks later if at the start of a new term) to the House of Representatives.

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House Ways & Means Budget
April 10, 2017

The House Ways and Means Committee reviews the Governor's budget and then develops its own recommendation.

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House Budget

Individual representatives submit budget amendments which are then debated on the House floor. Once debated, amended and voted on by the full House, it becomes the final House budget bill and moves to the Senate.

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Senate Ways & Means Budget
May 16, 2017

The Senate Ways & Means Committee reviews both the Governor's and House budgets and develops its own recommendation.

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Senate Budget

Individual representatives submit budget amendments which are then debated on the Senate floor. Once debated, amended and voted on, it becomes the final Senate's budget bill.

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H.1 Revised

State Finance law requires the Governor to submit budget revisions to his proposed budget if revenue forecasts predict a shortfall after the original submission.

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Conference Committee Budget

House and Senate leadership assign members to a "conference committee" to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate bills. The conference committee report can only be approved or rejected - no additional amendments can be made.

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Vetoes
July 17, 2017
 

Once approved by both chambers of the Legislature, the Governor has ten days to review it. The Governor may approve or veto the entire budget, or may veto or reduce particular line items or sections, but may not add anything.

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Overrides

The House and Senate may vote to override the Governor's vetoes. Overrides require a two-thirds roll-call vote in each chamber.

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Final Budget
July 17, 2017

The final budget is also known as the General Appropriations Act (GAA) or "Chapter XXX of the Acts of 2017."