Marie-Frances Rivera

President

Marie-Frances Rivera is President at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Marie-Frances is leading MassBudget at a time when the people of Massachusetts are reimaging ways to achieve a truly equitable and inclusive economy and society. Her experience guiding powerful, multidisciplinary teams around a collective vision and action is transforming the organization and policy discussions in Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the organization continues to build bridges and partnerships with community leaders, elected officials, labor and business leaders to ensure state policy helps achieve equitable outcomes for all.

Marie-Frances, a native of New Bedford, MA and of Afro-Boricua descent, joined MassBudget in 2014. The daughter of an immigrant mother, she grew up in public housing, attended public schools, and deeply understands the need to invest in the public good – so children and families can thrive.

Her professional experiences in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors have grounded her in the power that race-forward policy research can have when coupled with authentic civic engagement to move the needle on racial and economic justice issues.

Marie-Frances has written on tax policy and other economic issues. She earned a master’s degree in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Babson College.

Recent

Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward for the Children and Families of Massachusetts

Data describing our communities document that opportunity is not equally available to children and families across the Commonwealth. While effective public policy removes obstacles along the road to opportunity, good jobs play a central role in paving that road. Yet economic policies have allowed wages to stagnate, and important work support programs and other essential benefits that allow children and families to thrive are at risk, especially as a result of recent federal policy.

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We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

“Yesterday, Senate President Karen Spilka rightfully noted the need to balance “targeted spending investments to a number of crucial areas, such as housing, childcare and …

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House Budget Sets the Stage for Equity in Massachusetts

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, President of MassBudget, on the FY 2023 House budget released on April 27, 2022

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HWM’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal Helps Balance the Scales

Statement from MassBudget President Marie-Frances Rivera in response to the House Ways & Means Committee’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal

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Testimony on Employment Classification for App-Based Drivers

MassBudget stands in opposition to House bill (H.4375/H.4376), An Act defining and regulating the contract-based relationship between network companies and app-based drivers.

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FY 2023 Budget: the Good, the Bad, and the Need for New, Sustainable Revenue

Statement from MassBudget President Marie-Frances Rivera in response to the Baker Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Proposal For Immediate Release: January 26, 2022 “As …

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State charitable deduction, UI Trust Fund proposal will not benefit those most in need

 Statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2021 Supplemental Budget released Wed. August 18, 2021  “While Governor Baker’s FY 2021 close-out budget attempts to give tax filers and …

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Statement on Governor Baker’s Sales Tax Holiday Proposal

“MassBudget holds a vision of an economically and racially just Commonwealth, one that is supported by fair and forward-thinking state tax and budget policy. Seen …

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Senate budget debate added millions for local projects and a few controversial proposals, but took no bold measures

If the Commonwealth is going to start building towards a bold economic recovery from the pandemic, the Legislature must ensure that the process is transparent …

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MassBudget Statement on the Senate Ways and Means (SWM) Committee’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Proposal

  “The FY 2022 Senate Committee proposal makes progress toward equity but does not seize the opportunity to make bold strides given our better-than-expected revenue …

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