State Budget

State Budget

Fiscal Year 2021

Massachusetts State House

Each January the Governor releases his version of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1st. Each branch of the legislature (House and Senate) in turn develops a budget on which they ultimately agree and send to the Governor for his signature prior to July 1st. The Arc tracks each step in the budget process and offers helpful comments on sections that pertain to issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Governor submitted a revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) House 2 budget recommendation on October 14, 2020 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see this link for the most recent communication from The Arc to funding need. The House and Senate did approve an additional $20 million for day/employment on top of the Governor’s recommendations. Biggest challenges (Oct-Dec. 2020) at present are lack of billing flexibility for DDS residential and DDS/Medicaid day programs; additional DDS family support funds; and additional stipends for Medicaid AFC caregivers.

Click the headlines below to view the budgets and analyses.
Please note that some of these items are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view and download them.



Governor Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker

Governor’s Budget (House Two)


  1. Governor’s FY21 Budget – PDF
  2. Governor’s FY 21 Budget The Arc of Massachusetts Analysis – PDF
  3. Governor’s Revised FY21 Budget Recommendation (October 2020)




Representative Aaron Michlewitz, House Ways & Means Chair

House Ways & Means Committee Budget


  1. House Ways & Means FY 21 Budget – PDF
  2. House Amendments for FY’21 Budget – DDS and MassHealth Line Items Related to Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities & Autism – PDF

Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

House Budget

  1. House of Representatives FY21 Budget


Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senate Ways & Means Chair

Senate Ways & Means Committee Budget

  1. Senate Ways & Means Committee FY21 Budget


Senator Karen E. Spilka, Senate President

Senate Budget

  1. Senate FY21 Budget

Conference Committee

Conference Committee Budget


  1. Download this document to learn more about the Conference Committee.
  2. Conference Committee FY21 Budget Page (Not Yet Released)



Final Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

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