The HWM proposal does not include significant new revenue, meaning that proposed new investments are relatively modest. They include:
- Higher education, where funding is increased roughly $60 million over last year and $8 million over the Governor’s proposal.
- Child welfare, where $8.4 million in additional funding is provided to hire additional social workers to begin to reduce caseloads to levels at which children and families could be better protected and supported.
- Substance abuse and prevention and treatment, where funding is increased $6.3 million over last year and $3.6 million above the Governor’s recommendation.
The budget also recommends a number of cuts to existing programs, including a $13.9 million reduction in funding for youth jobs programs.
Read our full Budget Monitor HERE.