From Walter F. Timilty:
As you are aware, the Full-Day Kindergarten program was level-funded by the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Conference Committee at the Fiscal Year 2015 level of $18,589,713.
Governor Baker’s veto, reduced the 2016 Budget Conference Committee’s funding-level for line-item 7030-1002 by $17,589,713: from the aforementioned $18,589,713 down to $1,000,000.
As such, attached, is my most recent communication to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Robert DeLeo, requesting that we initiate, in the House of Representatives, a veto override, in response to Governor Charlie Baker’s, FY16 Budget veto, relative to the issue of Kindergarten Expansion Grants, line-item 7030-1002.
In my estimation, an override of the gubernatorial veto of line-item 7030-1002 will ensure that Full-Day Kindergarten continues to both expand and flourish in the Commonwealth.