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Keeping Massachusetts Working for Workers: Policy Gains in 2018 and Possibilities BeyondAugust 31, 2018

For Labor Day 2018, this brief looks at the gains Massachusetts workers made in 2018 -- passing a $15 minimum wage, creating a paid family and medical leave program, and increasing the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit to 30 percent of the federal credit -- as well a handful of other options for making further improvements to the lives of workers and their families across the commonwealth.

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WHY THE COUNT COUNTS: Major Sources of Federal Funding for Massachusetts Affected by Census CountsJuly 31, 2018

The decennial Census counts for much more than a tally of every resident of the country. The Census is the country’s snapshot: it creates our most accurate picture of everyone who lives here and where they live. The 10-year Census directly affects our country’s basic democratic institutions. It affects the drawing of legislative districts, representation in Congress, and the Electoral College that chooses the President. The 10-year Census also creates the foundation for most of the statistics that shape our understanding of our country’s health, social, and economic well-being. The Census affects countless business and government decisions, including the distribution of significant amounts of federal funds to the states and localities every year. These federal funds help educate our children, they address health and well-being, and they help ensure Massachusetts’ children can grow up in well-resourced communities.

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To participate effectively in our democracy, people need clear and reliable information about policy choices facing the Commonwealth. MassBudget makes that information available to everyone, providing independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, with particular attention to the effects on low- and middle-income children and adults.

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