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This Facts At A Glance examines a tax reform option that would make changes to the way the Commonwealth taxes wage and salary income as well as investment income. The Department of Revenue recently examined this reform option and estimated that the proposal’s combined changes would generate between $1.33 billion and $1.41 billion (middle of range = $1.37 billion) in new revenues in its first full year after implementation.
Quality Early Education & Care can help prepare children for success in school and in life–while also giving parents the flexibility they need to find and keep jobs. This brief discusses the different ways our Commonwealth invests in Early Education & Care.
In his FY 2014 budget, the Governor funds new investments in education and transportation and reduces cuts to other programs using revenues generated through a series of changes to tax rates, income tax deductions, and business taxes.
In his budget proposal for FY 2014, the Governor introduced three major policy proposals: 1) increased support for education; 2) fixes and improvements to strengthen our transportation system; and 3) new revenue to fund these and other priorities.
This budget brief describes the Governor’s budget proposal for MassHealth (Medicaid) and other subsidized health coverage programs. It is the first in a series of FY 2014 fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by MassBudget in partnership with the MLRI.
The Governor’s proposal invests in early education in two broad ways: by expanding access to early education options and by seeking to improve the quality of programs offered.
Education and Transportation receive significant new funding in the Governor’s budget. To pay for these, and other things, the Governor has proposed broad changes to the tax system, including raising the income tax and lowering the sales tax.
In recent days, the Governor has proposed: 1) increased funding for education; 2) fixes and improvements to our transportation system; 3) a revenue plan to pay for these initiatives. We analyze how they would affect Early Education & Care, K-12, Higher Ed., Transportation, the Sales Tax, and the Income Tax.
A minimum wage increase would directly raise the wages of all workers who earn less than the new minimum wage, and economic models suggest that it would also help lift wages for other low-paid workers. This paper also examines how many children live in families with a minimum wage worker and how many would benefit from an increase.
Under pressure from the recession and the large revenue losses that followed the tax cuts of the late 1990s and early 2000s, spending on early education and care has fallen by 25% since 2001.
To mark the close of 2012, MassBudget presents a snapshot of the current economic landscape, along with some of the long-term trends affecting workers and their families.
When we commit to doing things together through our government, we also commit to paying for them together through taxes. Discussions of budgets and taxes are ultimately about what we want to accomplish and what share of our resources we believe it is appropriate to spend to achieve those goals.
Public School Funding in Massachusetts: Where We Are, What Has Changed, and How We Compare to Other States
Per-pupil spending in Massachusetts is relatively high, but that the share of our total resources being devoted to education is actually lower than in most states.
On October 29, 2009, Governor Patrick exercised his authority under state law to make spending cuts to the state’s FY 2010 budget. This MassBudget Brief explains the nature of the Governor’s 9C authority and when use of this authority becomes necessary.
Here in Massachusetts, close to 1 in 7 young people is unemployed. Nationwide, 6.5 million “disconnected youth” are out of school and also out of work.
Are free and reduced-price school meals getting to all the kids who need them? That’s the question that motivated Breakfast and Lunch Participation in Massachusetts Schoolsâ€”part of a joint project involving MassBudget, the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston, and the Mass Law Reform Institute, supported by the EOS foundation.
Funding for Dept. of Children and Families and Children at the Dept. of Mental Health, FY 2009 – FY 2013
Funding for children through the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Mental Health has been cut significantly since the beginning of the Great Recession in Fiscal Year 2009.
State and local taxes in Massachusetts are roughly in line with the national average, according to data released today by the census bureau. Massachusetts ranks 25th among all states—meaning there are 24 states with a higher level of taxation and 25 with lower rates.
Massachusetts continues to lead the nation when it comes to health insurance coverage. In 2011, the proportion of people in the state who lacked health insurance coverage was 4.3 percent, compared to the U.S. average of 15.1 percent.
Children in Massachusetts fare better than in much of the rest of the nation, as child poverty in the Commonwealth remains unchanged and health insurance coverage is widespread.
The overall poverty rate in Massachusetts was 11.6 percent in 2011—roughly the same as in 2010. By contrast, the overall U.S. poverty rate did show a significant increase, from 15.3 percent in 2010 to 15.9 percent in 2011.
Median household income in Massachusetts fell to $62,859 in 2011, a decline of 1.7 percent from 2010. This is the second year in a row that the median income has dropped in Massachusetts.