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Testimony on Fair Workweek Legislation Before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

MassBudget testimony – Fair Workweek.pdf

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Impact of the Increase in the Massachusetts Minimum Wage to $12

These infographics show the impacts of the increase in the Massachusetts minimum wage on January 1, 2019, from $11 to $12 per hour.

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MA Taxes on Par with U.S. Average in FY 2016

https://massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=MA-Taxes-on-Par-with-U.S.-Average-in-FY-2016.html https://massbudget.org/reports/pdf/Factsheet_MA_TaxRank_FY2016Data_11-15-2018B.pdf

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How Has the Level of Taxes in Massachusetts Changed Compared to Other States?

https://www.massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=How-Has-the-Level-of-Taxes-in-Massachusetts-Changed-Compared-to-Other-States.html https://www.massbudget.org/reports/pdf/FactsAtAGlance_Taxachusetts_11-15-2018.pdf  

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A Chilly Reception: Proposed Immigration Rule Creates Chilling Effect for New Immigrants and Current Citizens

The Trump Administration announced on October 10 a proposal that would fundamentally change our country’s approach to immigration. This proposal would change what is known as the “public charge” immigration rule, which could make it very difficult for many immigrants to receive the Green Cards or visas that allow them to enter or stay in this country legally.

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Massachusetts Poverty Rate Flat, Median Income Growth Slowed in 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), allowing us to see how Massachusetts residents fared economically last year. Although the state has made significant gains in poverty reduction and income growth in recent years, especially since the recession, year-over-year progress began to slow in 2017. Compared to 2016, the poverty rate was essentially flat, and median household income grew at a much slower pace.

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Who Pays? Low and Middle Earners in Massachusetts Pay Larger Share of their Incomes in Taxes

Taxes are the main way communities pay for the things we do together. Taxes pay for essential programs and infrastructure we take for granted, like fire protection, public education, and health inspectors; roads, bridges, and public transit; and the support for people facing hard times. Examining how much people at different income levels pay in taxes is important when considering the fairness of tax policy.

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