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Senate budget debate added millions for local projects and a few controversial proposals, but took no bold measures

If the Commonwealth is going to start building towards a bold economic recovery from the pandemic, the Legislature must ensure that the process is transparent …

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MassBudget Statement on the Senate Ways and Means (SWM) Committee’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Proposal

  “The FY 2022 Senate Committee proposal makes progress toward equity but does not seize the opportunity to make bold strides given our better-than-expected revenue …

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The State of FY2022 HWM Budget & Where We Go From Here

Interested in learning more about how the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 House Ways and Means (HWM) budget proposal and federal aid impacts our state budget? …

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Editorial: “Zero-based” budgeting

Still, residents should not let their hopes soar. Eliminating waste is unlikely to be enough. According to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, since the recession began, Massachusetts has cut about $3 billion in spending. The reductions hit cities and towns especially hard. Comparing fiscal 2009 with Governor Patrick’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal, the center projected a drop in unrestricted local aid of $528 million, or almost 40 percent. Education has suffered big losses as well.

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Mass. budget builders agree on $20.5B in revenues

Noah Berger, executive director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a nonpartisan budget watchdog, said the estimate was “reasonable and cautious.” The total of $20.525 billion in tax revenue estimate reflects growth from the revised estimate of $19.784 billion for the current year.

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Outlook for State Budget

Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center discusses the 2012 Massachusetts budget with Steve Ives.

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Better By Degrees

All that good news comes from a report released earlier this month by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. The State of Working Massachusetts 2010 examines the state’s rise since 1979 from the middle of the pack nationally in terms of wages and incomes to a sixth-place ranking (behind Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Alaska and Hawaii) in median household income.

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Higher Education Attainment Helps Weather Downturn

MASSACHUSETTS (WAMC) – Massachusetts is weathering the economic downturn better than most states, that’s according to a new report released by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the reason for the state’s performance is its’ commitment to higher education over the last three decades.

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State capitol briefs, Tues. Jan 4

The gap between projected state spending needed to maintain state services and available revenues next fiscal year is just shy of $1.8 billion, according to a preliminary analysis released Tuesday morning by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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Fall River and Massachusetts slated to slice manufacturing, production jobs in years to come

Massachusetts has fared better than most states during the recession but will face “enormous fiscal and economic challenges” in the years ahead, according to a report released Sunday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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Bay State survives jobs crisis better than most

During the recent crisis, Massachusetts lost fewer jobs than most states and maintained higher wages, all while avoiding a significant increase in poverty, according to “The State of Working Massachusetts,” a report prepared by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank that studies economic issues.

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Wages rise for all, but a gap widens

Thanks to its colleges and universities, Massachusetts has one of the best-educated, best-paid workforces in the nation, but a new study shows the gap between the haves and have-nots has widened–especially during the recent recession.

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