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A Chilly Reception: Proposed Immigration Rule Creates Chilling Effect for New Immigrants and Current CitizensNovember 14, 2018

The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants to this country, with a promise that America would be a “land of opportunity.” Generations of immigrants have come to this country with the hope of building a new life for their families. The Trump Administration announced on October 10 a proposal that would fundamentally change our country’s approach to immigration. This proposal would change what is known as the “public charge” immigration rule, which could make it very difficult for many immigrants to receive the Green Cards or visas that allow them to enter or stay in this country legally.

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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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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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