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Budget Summary FY2016

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30001050 - EEC Assessment
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

Account Description FY2015
3000-1050 EEC Assessment
For an assessment of the provision of childcare supports funded in items 3000-3060, 3000-4040 and 3000-4060; provided, that the assessment shall be directed by a nonprofit research organization with demonstrated experience assessing the business practices, service delivery and financial systems of state-subsidized childcare programs; provided further, that the department shall consider the research and assessment conducted through this item to be a continuation and expansion of the research authorized by item 1599-0500 of section 2 of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013; provided further, that the goals of the assessment shall be: (i) to identify promising practices and alternative strategies used by other states in the design and administration of a blended-funding system using both contracts and vouchers; (ii) to explore the implications for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of contracts and vouchers in the commonwealth's childcare subsidy system; and (iii) to examine childcare subsidy policies and processes and other related policies that affect childcare providers' availability and willingness to serve children in the early education and care subsidy system with either contracts or vouchers; provided further, that the nonprofit organization directing the assessment may partner with other entities with expertise in state-subsidized childcare systems in order to complete all aspects of the assessment; provided further, that the organization conducting the assessment shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than March 1, 2016, a report on the progress to date, obstacles encountered and preliminary findings; and provided further, that any unexpended funds appropriated for this item shall not revert but shall be made available for purposes of this item until June 30, 2017
0 300,000

Veto Explanation:   I am vetoing this item because it is not consistent with my House 1 recommendation.