Massachusetts government is funded on a fiscal year basis. The 2009 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

For detailed information on this budget, please also refer to:

Overview of the budget process


Fiscal year 2009
budget documents
Budget-writing steps

Governor's Budget
January 23, 2008

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 18, 2008
 

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

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House Budget
May 2, 2008
 

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 14, 2008

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

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Senate Budget
May 22, 2008
 

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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Conference Committee Budget
July 3, 2008

 

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 13, 2008
 

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. See the Budget Summary for FY2009 Overrides.

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Final Budget

The final budget is also known as the General Appropriations Act or " Chapter 182 of the Acts of 2008."