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Publications from before 2018

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Children have a greater opportunity to thrive and succeed in Massachusetts than in any other state, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Specifically, they lead the nation in educational achievement and are less likely to be without health insurance than children in any other state. Nonetheless, one in seven Massachusetts children lives in poverty.

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Analyzing the State Budget for FY 2015

While the Governor, House, and Senate had some different priorities for the FY 2015 budget, there was significantly more agreement throughout this year’s process than last year. This Budget Monitor describes funding levels and initiatives throughout the state budget and compares them to years past.

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The Regional Impact of an $11/Hour Minimum Wage

Last week the Legislature voted to increase the minimum wage to $11 by 2017. This is projected to raise the wages of approximately 605,000 workers. This Facts At A Glance provides estimates of the number of workers affected in specific cities and regions of the state.

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Senate Ways & Means FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On May 14, 2014, the Senate Ways and Means Committee presented its budget proposal for FY 2015. This Budget Monitor details how this proposal would affect programs across state government, from health care and education to human services and the environment.

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The House FY 2015 Budget Proposal for MassHealth (Medicaid) and Health Reform Programs

This budget brief describes the House’s FY 2015 budget proposal for MassHealth (Medicaid) and Health Reform Programs. The House budget includes $14.7 billion in funding for the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) and other publicly subsidized and related health care programs. The House budget does not differ dramatically from the Governor’s proposal, which included $14.6 billion for health care spending.

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The House Budget for FY 2015: Analysis of Amendments Adopted During Debate

Last week, the House finalized its budget proposal for FY 2015. The final House budget, like the Governor’s proposal, makes incremental efforts to address major challenges, but does not make the type of substantial progress in expanding opportunity in all of our communities that could be achieved with new revenue invested effectively. This Budget Monitor describes the most significant changes between the Ways and Means budget proposal and the final House version.

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House Ways & Means FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On April 9, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) presented its budget proposal for FY 2015. This Budget Monitor details how this proposal would affect programs across state government, from health care and education to human services and the environment.

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Building a Foundation for Success

Early education and care has wide ranging benefits for children, parents and the economy. This report examines options for investing in early education that range from covering all lower income children through our existing early education and care system to educating all three and four year olds in our public schools.

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Unlocking Potential: Examining the Funding of Juvenile Detention and Effective Alternatives in Massachusetts

Over the past decade, the number of teenagers involved with the juvenile justice system has declined significantly. Among other things, this has meant fewer arrests, fewer arraignments in juvenile court, and fewer kids detained by the Department of Youth Services (DYS) in a juvenile facility. At the same time, funding for DYS has remained roughly level, allowing DYS to provide better services to kids in detention and to provide an increasing array of alternatives to secure detention–which has the long-term effect of further reducing juvenile arrests, detentions and convictions.

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Rewarding Work: The Minimum Wage and Tax Credits

Both the minimum wage and income enhancement programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are important tools for reducing poverty and boosting incomes among low-income working families. Because these two tools operate in different ways, however – and therefore, in part, have differing effects on different groups of low-income workers – it is important that each remains strong. EITC increases are most effective as a supplement to and not a substitute for a strong minimum wage.

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The Governor’s Budget for FY 2015

The Governor’s budget proposal for FY15 does not include significant new revenue, which means that the investments he specifies for education, human services, and elsewhere are relatively modest.

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A Preview of the FY 2015 Budget

For the sixth year in a row Massachusetts starts the budget process facing a substantial gap between ongoing revenue and the cost of maintaining current services and commitments. We estimate the gap is approximately $514 million.

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The Regional Impact of a Minimum Wage Increase

Some cities and towns have higher concentrations of the labor force employed in low-wage work than others. Raising the minimum wage would tend to have a greater impact in these areas, particularly since workers who receive wage increases are likely to spend a portion of those increases locally.

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The Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

Massachusetts has a separate minimum wage for workers who regularly earn tips, like waiters and hairdressers. We find that in states where the “tipped minimum wage” is well below the regular minimum wage, the poverty rate for tipped workers tends to be higher.

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After the Tech Tax Repeal: Remembering the Big Picture

The FY 2014 budget included new investments in transportation, education, and elsewhere. Part of the funding came from a “tech tax” that has since been repealed. Looking ahead, there are a variety of other ways to fund future investments in our economy and our communities.

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