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Publications from before 2018

The Minimum Wage and Job Creation

Raising the state minimum wage results in higher pay rates for low-wage workers, but how does it affect jobs and the economy? Our analysis of job growth in Massachusetts over almost two decades provides evidence that increases in the minimum wage do not impede job growth.

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Health Care in the FY 2013 Budget

This budget brief describes the proposals affecting MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs which were included in the FY 2013 budget. It is part of a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Health Care in the June Supplement to the FY 2012 Budget

This budget brief describes the proposals affecting MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs which were included in a June supplement to the FY 2012 budget. It is part of a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Business Tax Breaks in Massachusetts

Ultimately the goal of state economic policy is to raise the living standards of the people of the state. This generally requires jobs that pay good wages and provide decent benefits. The crucial questions of economic policy are about how to create an environment in which businesses that create such jobs can prosper. What levels of education and what skills do such employers need their employees to have? What type of transportation infrastructure do these businesses need for their employees to get to work and for their distribution networks to operate efficiently? What help do these businesses need gaining access to capital? Are there types of technical assistance that can help them to operate more effectively, and how important are special tax breaks that the state might offer? What is the appropriate role of government in each of these areas?

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Health Care in the Senate Budget Proposal

This budget brief describes the proposals affecting MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs which were included in the Senate final budget for FY 2013. It is part of a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Health Care in the House Budget Proposal

This budget brief describes the proposals affecting MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs which were included in the House final budget for FY 2013. It is part of a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Health Care in the House Ways and Means Budget Proposal

This budget brief describes the proposals affecting MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs which were included in the House Ways and Means’s Committee’s FY 2013 budget. It is part of a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Budget Monitor: The House Ways and Means Budget for FY 2013

On April 11, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013). To address the state’s $1.3 billion budget gap, the proposal calls for approximately $685 million in temporary revenue along with cuts and savings of nearly $600 million.

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The Governor’s Health Care Budget Proposal

This budget brief describes the proposals in the Governor’s FY13 budget which affect MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs. It is the first in a series of fact sheets that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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Budget Monitor: The Governor’s FY 2013 Budget

On January 25, the Governor filed his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013. Our Budget Monitor tracks the impact of those proposals on each major area of state government, from heath care and education to public safety and the environment–including information on tax revenues.

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Demystifying General Local Aid in Massachusetts

The money that the state provides to cities and towns for core local services is called General Local Aid. Our new factsheet describes the history of general local aid, the dramatic cuts of the last four years (amounting to roughly 1/3 of all funds), and various options for reform.

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FY 2013 Budget Preview

Looking ahead to the fiscal challenges the Commonwealth faces in FY 2013, our Budget Preview shows that the budget deficit will be well over $1 billion.

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The State of Working Massachusetts 2011

assessment, The State of Working Massachusetts 2011, shows that while Massachusetts has shared in this hardship, its economy is performing better than the rest of the country. What is more, our commitment to education has, over time, helped to make us one of the highest-income states in the nation.

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Median Household Income Dropped in Massachusetts and the U.S. in 2010

On September 22, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual update of state-level data on household income from the American Community Survey (ACS). These data show that median household income in Massachusetts fell to $62,072 in 2010. This is a statistically significant decline of $3,182 or 4.9 percent from the 2009 level of $65,254 (adjusted to 2010 dollars). For the U.S. as a whole, the ACS data show median household income stood at $50,046 in 2010, a statistically significant decline of $1,144 or 2.2 percent from the 2009 level. Since 2007 (in the final month of which, the nation officially fell into recession), median household income in Massachusetts dropped an inflation-adjusted $3,307 or 5.1 percent. During the same period, U.S. median household income fell $3,280 or 6.2 percent.

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Cracks in the Foundation of MA K-12 Funding

The foundation budget established under the Education Reform Act of 1993 to calculate adequate baseline spending for the state's public school districts understates the costs of special education and health insurance by more than $2 billion, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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Cutting Class: Underfunding the Foundation Budget’s Core Education Program

Do Massachusetts’s schools have enough money to provide their students with a quality education? That’s the question that motivated Cutting Class. And what we found is that in many areas the answer seems to be no. Schools across the state are hiring fewer teachers, providing less professional development, and spending less on materials & technology than the state funding formula considers adequate.

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Massachusetts Ranks 33rd in Taxes in FY 2009

On October 31 the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual update of State and Local Government Finances, providing national data for Fiscal Year 2009. The amount of state and local taxes paid in Massachusetts as a share of total personal income was 9.8 percent in FY 2009. By this measure, Massachusetts had lower taxes than 32 other states. Measuring taxes as a share of total personal income allows for a meaningful comparison among states.

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2010 Poverty Rate Increases in Both Massachusetts and Across the Country

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual update of state-level poverty rates from the American Community Survey (ACS). In contrast to the Census’ Current Population Survey, for which data were released last week, this survey provides more reliable demographic information for individual states. It includes data on the rise in child poverty in the US and in Massachusetts.

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U.S. Poverty Rate Rises Again

New Census Bureau data released today show that the national poverty rate increased for the third year in a row in 2010, rising to 15.1 percent from 14.3 percent in 2009.

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Massachusetts Still a Leader in Health Coverage

Thanks to the apparent success of Massachusetts’s health reform, Census Bureau estimates released September 13 indicate that Massachusetts still leads the nation in health care coverage. The Massachusetts health insurance coverage rate is more than ten percentage points higher than the national rate.

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Jobs and the Massachusetts Economy, Labor Day 2011

After a deep recession that officially began in December of 2007 and ended in June of 2009, the US economy is now in a period of weak and fragile recovery, one that features both slow growth and high levels of unemployment. For many Americans, the current recovery feels little different than the recession itself. This certainly holds true for the many Massachusetts families who have felt the direct effects of this historic downturn – Labor Day 2011 offers little cause for celebration among the Bay State’s thousands of unemployed and underemployed workers. By many measures, however, Massachusetts has fared far better than most other states during the Great Recession and its aftermath. We have experienced lower rates of unemployment, lost a smaller share of our jobs, and maintained higher median wages for many of our workers. This new report, Jobs and The Massachusetts Economy: Labor Day 2011, provides charts and analysis of the most current data for Massachusetts and the US on unemployment rates, job losses, and median wages. The report offers snapshots of how these measures have changed since the start of the Great Recession and over prior decades.

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