FY18 Budget Advocacy

Budget Update!: On May 25, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate finished its budget debate, adopting select amendments that provide some additional funds to environmental agencies. Next, a conference committee of three State Representatives and three Senators will craft a compromise version of the budget. It will then go to Governor Baker.

Read the June 2, 2017 letter the Environmental League sent to the conference committee, on behalf of the Green Budget Coalition, below.

Green Budget Letter to the Conference Committee


Senate Budget

Click here to see if your State Senator co-sponsored one or more of the Green Budget amendments.

If your Senator did co-sponsor, we encourage you to call or write to say thank you. Click here to look up your Senator’s contact information.

Not sure who represents you in the Massachusetts Senate? Click here to find out.

House Budget

Click here to read an update about how the Green Budget priorities fared.

Click here to see if your State Rep co-sponsored our top priority Green Budget amendments. 


Green Budget Coalition Top Priorities FY18


Read the amendments here

1% for the Environment

Severe cuts to environmental agency budgets and staff reductions are preventing Massachusetts from living up to its potential. Currently, only 0.5% of the state operating budget supports environmental agencies. In our annual Green Budget report we set forth funding recommendations that put us on the right track toward achieving the Governor’s commitment of 1% for the environment. The last time Massachusetts allocated 1% of its budget to environmental programs was in the early 2000’s.

This year, over 100 organizations and businesses have endorsed ELM’s Green Budget, resulting in the largest Green Budget Coalition ever.

Click here to read the Green Budget FY18 (full version)

Click here to Green Budget FY18 (abbreviated version)


In Massachusetts, we are the beneficiaries of a wealth of natural resources. It is our responsibility to ensure that we continue leading the nation in protecting our environment and the public’s health. We envision a Commonwealth that has healthy communities, great parks, and clean, abundant water.

What You Can Do

Familiarize yourself with the state budget process.

Read our funding recommendations

Subscribe to ELM’s e-mail list to keep up-to-date with our budget advocacy.  When you receive our Action Alerts, please contact your State Representative and State Senator to ensure that our elected officials are hearing from their constituents that funding for environmental programs matters.

Past Green Budgets

FY2017 Green Budget

FY2016 Green Budget

FY2015 Green Budget

FY2014 Green Budget

FY2013 Green Budget