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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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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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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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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 ...
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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Transportation in support of free public transit and discounted fares for low-income riders

To: Joint Committee on Transportation From: Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Re: Legislation for fare-free public transit and discounted fares for low-income riders July 28, ...
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FY 2022 Recap: A Mixed Budget Season for the Commonwealth

It’s been a mixed budget season for Massachusetts in terms of state tax policy, unless the Legislature chooses to override the Governor’s veto. With the ...
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Statement on Governor Baker’s Sales Tax Holiday Proposal

“MassBudget holds a vision of an economically and racially just Commonwealth, one that is supported by fair and forward-thinking state tax and budget policy. Seen ...
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Envisioning Equity for our Children: How COVID-19 Impacted Child and Family Well-Being in the Commonwealth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reginauld Williams, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON — Although Massachusetts ranks No.1 nationally in overall child well-being, according to the 2021 KIDS COUNT® Data ...
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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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HWM FY 2022 Budget Proposal Lacks Bold Investments to Build Racial and Economic Equity in the Commonwealth

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, President of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), on the House Ways and Means Committee’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposal ...
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Choosing Equity: How the Commonwealth can Make Public Higher Education Affordable

For Immediate Release Contact: Reginauld Williams, Communications Director 617-426-1228, x 102, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON – March 24 – As the legislative debate heats up around affordable ...
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New MassBudget Transit Briefs Reveal Financial, Equity, and Environmental Benefits of Free Buses

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Reginauld Williams, Communications Director617-426-1228, x 102, rwilliams@massbudget.org BOSTON — March 24 — Making Massachusetts buses free would improve operations, advance equity, and ...
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Beacon Hill’s “Double-Dip” Tax Break Misses the Mark for Struggling Communities, Families, and Small Businesses

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget President, on the PPP “double-dip” tax break   “The Legislature’s decision yesterday on Emergency Paid Sick Time and Unemployment Insurance ...
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Making sense of the state budget, taxes, and the Governor’s FY22 proposal

MassBudget welcomed our new and returning Massachusetts legislators and their staff with an overview of the state budget and taxes, as well as a briefing ...
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