MassCAN Legislative and Budget Language

In August 2014, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed, and Governor Deval Patrick signed, House Bill 4377, An Act Promoting Economic Growth Across the Commonwealth. This Bill contained the language, “The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative shall serve as the state agent in support of the objectives of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network, or MassCAN” (p. 73). The Bill went on to define the membership of the MassCAN advisory board and to enumerate, subject to the availability of funds, eight objectives for MassCAN.

The Bill was passed in FY15 (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015), and the Budget Language reflects an initial allocation of $1.5 million for FY16; however, these funds were quickly frozen due to a shortfall in state revenues. Near the end of FY16 as the state’s finances improved the funds were restored and allowed to be carried over into FY17.

MassCAN was expected to obtain at least $1 in matching funds from non-state sources of funding for every $1 expended within the Commonwealth, but the program found it difficult to raise these “private” matching funds. The state allowed MassCAN to continue spending FY16 funds through FY17 and the first half of FY18. In FY17, $1.5 million in the state budget was allocated to MassCAN, but these funds were not disbursed due to the carry-over of FY16 funds. FY18 funding was reduced to $850,000, due to the ongoing difficulty of raising private matching funds. The state allowed FY18 (July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018) funds to be used into FY19, and they were partially used through August 2018.

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