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32% of Children Live in Cost-Burdened Households: MassBudget Urges Lawmakers to Focus on Affordability

Massachusetts ranks second in child well-being nationally, according to the 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. However, high housing costs relative to family income continue to ...
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With Fair Share Dollars, Senate Ways and Means Proposes Bold Improvements, Though Problems with Student Opportunity Act Remain

On May 7th, the Senate Ways and Means (SWM) Committee released its proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2025. Like last month’s House budget proposal, ...
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Despite Revenue Challenges, Fiscal Year 2025 House Budget Proposal Strives to Meet Current Needs

The House finalized its Fiscal Year 2025 (FY 2025) state budget proposal on Friday, April 26, adding about $100 million in spending over the HWM ...
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Presentation: A $20 Minimum Wage – Lessons Learned and Anticipated Impact

On April 23, 2024, Interim President Phineas Baxandall gave a legislative briefing examining the potential impacts of increasing the state minimum wage to $20 per ...
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MassBudget’s Look at the Fiscal Year 2025 House Ways and Means Budget Proposal

The House Ways and Means (HWM) Committee released its proposed budget for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. The proposal reflects both an increase in anticipated ...
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Presentation: K-12 Funding Update for the Legislative Gateway Caucus

On March 27, 2024, Deputy Policy Director Colin Jones presented to the Legislative Gateway Caucus. He provided a briefing on K-12 funding and policy, including ...
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Presentation: Ending the Tax Penalty Against Working Immigrants

On March 14, 2024, Interim President Phineas Baxandall joined the Black and Latino Caucus and the Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition at the Statehouse for ...
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Presentation: Budget Update – Funding for Brockton Public Schools

On Feb 29, 2024, Deputy Policy Director Colin Jones presented to Brockton community members, sharing vital information on the state budget process and specific data ...
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Testimony in Support of S.2554 on Utilizing the Stabilization Fund

Written testimony by Interim President Phineas Baxandall in support of “An Act to Provide for competitiveness and Infrastructure investment in Massachusetts” (S.2554).
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MassBudget’s Look at the Fiscal Year 2025 Governor’s Budget Proposal

The Governor’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 budget proposal supports important investments in our Commonwealth, especially through new Fair Share dollars. This is despite the fact ...
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Testimony on the Affordable Homes Act

MassBudget analyst La-brina Almeida's written testimony in support of several aspects of H4138, An Act known as the Affordable Homes Act.
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State Budget Cuts Impact Lowest-Income Children

When state budget shortfalls hit, we should not balance the budget on the backs of kids living in Deep Poverty.
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Testimony in Support of H2762/S1793 and S1798 on Improving Tax Credits

MassBudget's written testimony in support of H2762/S1793, An Act to increase family stabilization through the earned income tax credit as well as S1798, An Act ...
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Testimony in Support of H489/S301 on Affordable and Accessible Early Education

Policy Analyst Adam Jones urges the Joint Committee on Education to create a Commonwealth that features high-quality, affordable child care accessible to more families.
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Statement on Governor’s Affordable Homes Act

Statement by Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in response to bill H.4138, which takes the scale of our state's housing challenges seriously and can be ...
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Statement on Governor’s Proposal to Leverage Stabilization Funds to Secure Federal Grants

Statement by Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Interim President Phineas Baxandall in response to today’s proposal by Governor Maura Healey to utilize interest from the ...
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Testimony in Opposition to H.1848 on Reclassifying Rideshare Drivers

MassBudget's written testimony submitted in opposition to H1848, An Act establishing rights and obligations of transportation network drivers and transportation network companies.
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MassBudget Statement on the 2023 Tax Relief Package

Today, the conference committee presented the biggest package of tax changes in 15 years. We commend them for taking important steps to improve affordability for ...
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