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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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Building an Education System that Works for Everyone: Funding Reforms to Help All Our Children ThriveJuly 18, 2018

In the 25 years since The Education Reform Act of 1993 became law, we have seen real progress: greater educational opportunities for more of our children and the second highest performing education system in America, according to a recent state-by-state ranking. Our Commonwealth has the best educated workforce in the nation (measured by the share of workers with a bachelor’s degree) and that is a cornerstone of a vibrant economy, which has the highest median wages in the country. This success is not reaching all of our children, and over the past decade, progress has stalled. Education funding reforms that could help children in all of our communitiies reach their full potential would expand opportunity now and play an important role in strengthening our economy in the long run.

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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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