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Who Pays? Low and Middle Earners in Massachusetts Pay Larger Share of their Incomes in TaxesOctober 25, 2018

Taxes are the main way communities pay for the things we do together. Taxes pay for essential programs and infrastructure we take for granted, like fire protection, public education, and health inspectors; roads, bridges, and public transit; and the support for people facing hard times. Examining how much people at different income levels pay in taxes is important when considering the fairness of tax policy.

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Massachusetts Poverty Rate Flat, Median Income Growth Slowed in 2017October 2, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), allowing us to see how Massachusetts residents fared economically last year. Although the state has made significant gains in poverty reduction and income growth in recent years, especially since the recession, year-over-year progress began to slow in 2017. Compared to 2016, the poverty rate was essentially flat, and median household income grew at a much slower pace.

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Losing Momentum: March towards health insurance for all Massachusetts residents stallsSeptember 24, 2018

Having health insurance helps people afford necessary medical care, which helps them live healthier lives. Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in making sure all its residents have health insurance, but progress has stalled. Further, some communities of color continue to encounter obstacles to getting health insurance and still see higher levels of uninsurance compared with the state overall.

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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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