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Testimony in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

MassBudget's Policy Director Phineas Baxandall urges the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development to pass a bill to increase the minimum wage out of ...
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MassBudget testifies to end tax subsidy for private jets

MassBudget testified in support of House bill 2826 and Senate bill 1758, which would end the sales tax exemption for personal aircraft. The exemption disproportionately ...
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How Many Massachusetts Low-Wage Workers Would be Helped by a Higher Minimum Wage?

What would be the impact if the wage floor was lifted to $20 an hour with a tipped wage increase to $12 an hour? How ...
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Testimony to support employment of formerly incarcerated individuals and people on transitional assistance in microbusinesses

Policy Director Phineas Baxandall delivers testimony in support for H.2811, “An Act to establish the micro business employee training and workforce development program."
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What’s Race Got to Do With It? Some Tax Proposals Would Widen Racial Inequality, Others Would Advance Equity

Some of the tax cuts proposed by the Massachusetts House in 2023 would widen economic and racial disparities by disproportionately benefiting wealthier, generally whiter households. ...
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Comparing Tax Cut Proposals from 2022 to 2023

Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed tax policy changes in 2022 and 2023 that would reduce public revenue by large amounts—providing the most benefits to the most ...
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How Other States Prevent the Costly Tax Loophole in the Millionaire’s Tax

The newly passed surtax on annual incomes over $1 million brings a new opportunity for high-income residents to exploit a tax loophole. Policies in other ...
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Taking Measure of the Governor’s Tax Plan

The Governor’s proposal would provide benefits to households across the income spectrum, but by far the largest benefits would accrue to a small number of ...
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Preventing High-Income Tax Avoidance to Protect Education and Transportation

Problems with potential high-income tax avoidance can be solved by following many other states that require that taxpayers file their state income taxes with the ...
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Memo to Governor Healey on Ways to Ensure Effective Implementation of the Fair Share Amendment

As Massachusetts voters have amended the state constitution to include a 4 percent surtax on taxable income over $1 million, MassBudget would like to offer ...
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