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Jen Giorgio Das

Development Writer

Jen Giorgio Das is Development Writer at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Working on both the development and communications teams, Jen provides support for fundraising as well as strategic communications. 

Prior to joining MassBudget, Jen was a non-profit consultant, with a long career in development, communications and operations. She previously worked at Denver Public Schools (DPS) on the policy communications team. Throughout her career, Jen has worked for numerous small non-profits where she has helped build administrative and fundraising structures that enable mission-driven organizations to fulfil their visions for a more just world.

Jen holds a B.A. from Arizona State University and an M.P.P. from the University of Denver.

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Envisioning Equity Part III: Reimagining Our Criminal Legal System

  For more information, view the presentation slides here.     *** The Envisioning Equity Series: Fall 2020 – MassBudget hosted a series of community …

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Massachusetts could face a $5 billion budget hole; Baker administration takes tax hikes off the table for now

The Senate and House chairmen of their respective chambers’ budget committees, Michael J. Rodrigues and Aaron Michlewitz, prepared to host a virtual roundtable with experts to determine how dire Massachusetts’ financial picture is.

“There’s a budgetary crisis happening,” said Marie-Frances Rivera, president of … Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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Most Experts See Year-Over-Year Tax Revenue Decline

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center decided not to prepare a revenue estimate number for this hearing, said its president, Marie-Frances Rivera, citing “all the uncertainty and variables.” In April, MassBudget said that if patterns from prior recessions hold and there is some limited growth, fiscal 2021 collections could land between $5 billion and $5.7 billion shy of the estimates budget writers agreed to in January.

“We think that there’s a budgetary crisis that’s happening and we all have to be just fully aware and eyes-open about that,” Rivera said Wednesday. “There’s danger because all of the public goods that we’re relying on to guide us through this public health economic crisis, whether it’s health care, whether it’s housing people, whether it’s educating our young people, a lot of these are in jeopardy and the needs are growing.”

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