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A Blast from the Past: Reagan-Era Tax Law Hits Hard

You are not alone if you had never heard of the Massachusetts “tax cap law,” or what is also known as “62F.” This Reagan-era law sets an artificial limit on how much tax revenue Massachusetts can collect, regardless of the current needs of the Commonwealth.

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Equity for Early Education on the Horizon

New MassBudget report analyzes recent early education and care investments, provides recommendations on the road ahead For Immediate Release Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 BOSTON, MA …

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Four Reasons We Need Strong Estate Taxes

Explainer via Napkin Finance With Legislators debating potential changes to taxes on large estates, it’s important to remember why we have taxes on the transfer of …

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FAS 109, Single Sales Factor Apportionment, and Deferred Corporate Tax Deductions

As the Legislature considers elements of a possible tax package, it is worth focusing on a number of interrelated corporate tax issues that are now – or may become – part of the mix. At the heart of these interrelated issues is a problematic, state-level corporate tax break referred to as FAS 109.

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NEW: When A Surplus Is Not Extra

When A Surplus Is Not Extra New MassBudget report debunks the myth of tax “deluge” in the Commonwealth For Immediate Release: June 23, 2022 BOSTON, MA – The …

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We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

“Yesterday, Senate President Karen Spilka rightfully noted the need to balance “targeted spending investments to a number of crucial areas, such as housing, childcare and …

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House Budget Sets the Stage for Equity in Massachusetts

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, President of MassBudget, on the FY 2023 House budget released on April 27, 2022

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HWM’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal Helps Balance the Scales

Statement from MassBudget President Marie-Frances Rivera in response to the House Ways & Means Committee’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal

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New Report Finds That a “Millionaire Tax” Would Make Massachusetts’ Tax System Fairer

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2022 BOSTON, MA – Currently, Massachusetts has an “upside-down” state and local tax system, meaning those with the highest incomes …

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New Report Shares How The Millionaire Tax Could Decide the Future of Education in the Commonwealth

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2022 BOSTON, MA – The state has made a number of commitments to improve education, particularly in low-income communities, but …

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Webinar: Ballot Advocacy 101 for Nonprofit Organizations (English & Spanish Recordings)

Do you work in the nonprofit sector and have questions around advocating on ballot initiatives? Attorney Patrick Moore joined us on February 28th, 2022 to present …

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Testimony on Employment Classification for App-Based Drivers

MassBudget stands in opposition to House bill (H.4375/H.4376), An Act defining and regulating the contract-based relationship between network companies and app-based drivers.

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Commuters Beware: 640 Bridges are Structurally Deficient in Massachusetts

New Report Shows Transportation Investment Key to Improving Mass. Economy, Equity, and Environment For Immediate Release: March 29, 2022 BOSTON, MA – It’s often said …

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Millions in Relief for Early Education Yet to be Spent in Massachusetts – What’s the Path Forward?

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2022 BOSTON, MA – High-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs promote healthy child development, increase learning outcomes, and keep our economy …

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MassBudget testifies at Joint Committee on Revenue hearing against the large tax cuts for the wealthy proposed by Governor

It is unwise to assume that the state has more revenue than it needs based on temporary pandemic relief, meaning this is not the time for the deep and lasting tax cuts,

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Massachusetts Cash Assistance – A MassBudget Data Droplet

The cash assistance program was created to be a reliable back-up for the lowest-income families; today the program reaches only a small share of families …

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FY 2023 Budget: the Good, the Bad, and the Need for New, Sustainable Revenue

Statement from MassBudget President Marie-Frances Rivera in response to the Baker Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Proposal For Immediate Release: January 26, 2022 “As …

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MassBudget Brief Explains the State Budget Process to Make it More Accessible

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2022 BOSTON, MA – The budget is a powerful $50 billion tool for building an antiracist and equitable Commonwealth over the …

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