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New Reports Show Fair Share Amendment Will Help Small Businesses, Other Progressive Tax Changes Can Too

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2021 BOSTON, MA –  Our Commonwealth has traditionally celebrated small businesses as a way for everyday working people to build …

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A False Sense of Housing Security

Maria has been living in fear. Her landlord has been rapping on her door, harassing her and her children for the rent. But, since both …

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Mass. Public Higher Education and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

What’s the state of public higher education in the Commonwealth? Learn more in our latest presentation outlining federal pandemic relief below:

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Federal Relief Funds for Higher Education Offer Opportunities to Close Accessibility Gaps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reginauld Williams, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON, MA – With the correct supports and investments in place, public higher education has the power to open …

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New Census Data on Poverty, Income, and Health Coverage Show Need for Robust Federal Recovery Package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reginauld Williams, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON, MA – The economic loss and hardship of COVID-19 and its new variants are far from over …

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Opinion: What to do with billions in surplus and federal relief funds

“The numbers are in: the Massachusetts state budget that ended last month had a surplus of more than $3 billion (yes, with a “B”). We …

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Statement on the Expired CDC Eviction Moratorium

Photo via Getty Images   Friend, Nobody deserves to wonder if one Supreme Court decision is the difference between keeping their family safely housed or …

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Report Outlines Federal Relief for Massachusetts’ Transportation and How to Invest in it Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reginauld Williams, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON, MA – Every person in the Commonwealth counts on reliable transportation systems to get to essential places …

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Federal Infrastructure Bill Could Buy Big Projects, But Not Long-Term Fiscal Stability …

Amassive influx of federal funds (and the looming possibility of a major federal infrastructure bill) is shoring up budgets at the state’s major transit agencies in …

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State charitable deduction, UI Trust Fund proposal will not benefit those most in need

 Statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2021 Supplemental Budget released Wed. August 18, 2021  “While Governor Baker’s FY 2021 close-out budget attempts to give tax filers and …

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Week In Review: Politics And Pandemic Heat Up

Things are heating up everywhere. The delta is turning up the heat on the politics of the pandemic. A UN climate report that has the planet …

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Week In Review: Politics And Pandemic Heat Up

Things are heating up everywhere. The delta is turning up the heat on the politics of the pandemic. A UN climate report that has the planet …

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Massachusetts’ Housing Crisis Needs Comprehensive Strategy, Not Piecemeal Band-Aids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reginauld Williams, rwilliams@massbudget.org Boston, MA – Everyone needs a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home. But in Massachusetts, like …

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Police recruit appeals delayed due to funding shortage

BOSTON (SHNS) – A lack of funding at the state Civil Service Commission creates substantial backlogs in cases and long delays in police recruits, particularly …

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Nonprofits slam Legislature for delaying tax breaks for charitable donations

Last week, the Legislature once again delayed the implementation of a 2000 ballot question that was supposed to reward Bay Staters who made charitable contributions …

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Lawmakers push for free MBTA bus service

BOSTON — Transit advocates and some lawmakers want to make MBTA bus rides free in order to cut travel times, improve service and ease the burden …

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Envisioning Equity: Federal Relief Funds for K-12 Schools in Massachusetts

Interested in learning what American Rescue Plan Act funds mean for the Commonwealth’s K-12 public schools? Watch the full briefing and Q&A discussing how these federal programs can support our schools through the pandemic and into recovery.

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Lawmakers and advocates take aim at Baker over low-income transit fare veto

Six months after Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a low-income fare program in a transportation bond bill, lawmakers and transportation advocates came out in full force …

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