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Wrong on Schedule: How Unstable Scheduling Hurts Massachusetts Workers and their Families

Over the next several years, Massachusetts will see more job openings in hourly retail and food service positions (salespersons, cashiers, fast food workers, and wait staff) than in almost any other occupation. For workers paid by the hour, time, as the saying goes, is money — literally. That means they need to count on stable, sufficient, and predictable schedules, which allow them to earn a decent living, and have time to take care of themselves and their families.

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Infographic: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as #LatinxHeritageMonth (running Sept. 15-Oct. 15), our infographics analyze the number of eligible Hispanic tax filers per county that could or already benefitting from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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Concentrated Poverty Snapshot

Nearly 90,000 children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are living in concentrated-poverty. What is the long-term effect on our children and our communities? Read the full snapshot, and stay tuned for our upcoming analysis on the issue.

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Testimony before the Joint Committee on Transportation on H.3012/S.2061, “An act relative to work and family mobility”

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Sharing the Road: Licensing all drivers, regardless of immigration status, boosts safety and the economy

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Infographics: Labor Day on EITC and CITC

Infographics showing who would benefit from the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) here in Massachusetts.

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the EITC

https://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Baxandall-Testimony-to-Committee-on-Revenue.html https://www.massbudget.org/reports/pdf/Testimony%20Baxandall%20EITC%207-23-2019.pdf

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Testimony on H.3809 Before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

https://massbudget.org/reports/pdf/MassBudget%20testimony%20-%20H3809.pdf

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Testimony before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on S.1066/H.1610, “An Act to Prevent Wage Theft, Promote Employer Accountability, and Enhance Public Enforcement”

MassBudget testimony Wage Theft and Whistleblower Enforcement.pdf

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It’s About Time: Modernizing the Massachusetts Overtime Law Would Help 435,000 Salaried Workers

Everyone deserves fair pay for the hours they work, and the freedom to have a personal life away from the job. That’s why we have overtime laws, which require that most workers be paid time-and-a-half for every hour they work over 40 in a given week. For salaried workers, however, these laws no longer provide the protection they used to.

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