Building a Sustainable Future: The Healey-Driscoll Administration’s FY24 Budget Recommendation

Building a Sustainable Future: The Healey-Driscoll Administration’s FY24 Budget Recommendation

In a landmark move aimed at shaping Massachusetts’ future, the Healey-Driscoll Administration has unveiled its Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget recommendation. This $55.5 billion blueprint not only outlines significant investments across various sectors but also introduces innovative strategies to tackle pressing issues such as climate change, education, transportation, and housing. Governor Healey, alongside Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, emphasized the administration’s commitment to fostering a robust economy, creating livable communities, and ensuring a sustainable future for the state’s residents.

Historic Investments

At the heart of the FY24 budget recommendation are historic investments in climate action, public education, transportation, and workforce development. With a focus on leveraging resources effectively, the budget proposes the first-time use of Fair Share revenue, establishing a new Education and Transportation Fund. This move ensures that funds collected through the Fair Share Amendment are exclusively allocated to education and transportation initiatives, enhancing transparency and accountability.

Education and Transportation

Education takes center stage in the budget, with significant allocations towards fully funding the Student Opportunity Act and expanding access to early education and care. The creation of the MassReconnect program aims to make community college education free for students aged 25 and older, while also implementing a tuition freeze across the UMass system for four years. On the transportation front, the budget allocates funds for initiatives such as means-tested programs for low-income MBTA riders and crucial infrastructure projects like the West-East Rail and the electrification of the state’s bus fleet.

Tax Relief and Economic Development

In a comprehensive tax relief package worth $750 million, the administration seeks to address affordability, equity, and competitiveness concerns. This includes initiatives like the Child and Family Tax Credit, increasing rental deduction caps, and providing estate tax relief, among others. Furthermore, the budget underscores the importance of economic development by investing in small businesses, workforce development programs, and technical assistance initiatives to support vibrant communities across the Commonwealth.

Climate Action and Environmental Justice

Recognizing the urgency of climate change, the administration allocates significant resources towards environmental initiatives. This includes tripling the budget of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, establishing a new undersecretary for environmental justice, and investing in clean energy workforce training. With a focus on sustainability and equity, the budget aims to position Massachusetts as a global leader in clean technology while addressing environmental justice concerns.

Housing and Homelessness

The budget prioritizes addressing the housing crisis by establishing the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. Investments include expanding shelter capacity, creating new rental voucher programs, and providing economic mobility opportunities for public housing residents. Additionally, initiatives like the MRVP and AHVP vouchers aim to increase access to affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.


The FY24 budget recommendation presented by the Healey-Driscoll Administration reflects a bold vision for Massachusetts’ future. Through strategic investments, innovative policies, and a commitment to equity and sustainability, the administration aims to build a stronger, more resilient Commonwealth for generations to come. As the budget moves through the legislative process, it holds the promise of transforming Massachusetts into a model of prosperity, opportunity, and inclusivity.