For 35 years, MassBudget has partnered with advocates, legislators, grassroots organizations and national thought leaders to provide research and data to solve the Commonwealth’s most pressing issues.

MassBudget’s research is driven by our engagement with coalitions, advocates, and base-building organizations, especially those rooted in community and led by people of color. Working closely with our partners, our goal is to engage and empower communities with the research and data they need to fight for the just, antiracist policy solutions they deserve.

MassBudget is part of multiple national networks, including the State Priorities Partnership (led by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities), Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and is also the Massachusetts KIDS COUNT organization (supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and our Advisory Council).

Featured Work:

Housing Justice Beyond the Emergency

An Analysis of Racial Inequity in Eviction Filings Across Massachusetts

Policy Analyst La-Brina Almeida co-authored this groundbreaking report, in collaboration with local partners, Homes for All Massachusetts.

Homes for All Massachusetts and Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a powerful webinar to highlight its release, in which a panel of experts spoke about the report’s findings, the experiences of facing housing instability and eviction, and the public health implications of this new research.

Health Care in The ARPA Bill

Selected Highlights from Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021

This report by Research and Kids Count Director Nancy Wagman, done in partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, summarizes key health care funding allocations in this state legislation, which appropriates close to $4 billion, including $2.55 billion in funding directly from ARPA. The report provides a high-level overview of state funding allocations in these health and health care related areas.

A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts

MassBudget’s own Phineas Baxandall worked in collaboration with partners at Boston Indicators and the Economic Security Project to author this striking report on the possibility of reforming the Earned Income Tax Credit so that it provides all families earning up to $70,000 a cash credit of at least $1,200 a year. This could expand the benefit to over 900,000 more Mass. residents, including middle-income families and many other previously excluded from eligibility.

Featured Video:

On January 7, 2022, the Boston Foundation’s Early Childhood team welcomed Colin Jones of MassBudget to the Coffee and Conversations series, for a closer look at the state of the Massachusetts chid care funding system, and the opportunities made possible by the inflow of federal pandemic stimulus dollars – funding that has proven critical to protecting and preserving the fragile child care system during a time of unprecedented disruption.

Featured Partners:

Massachusetts Public Health Association
“While recently testifying to the legislature’s Health Equity Task Force, I was asked where I got the idea that the legislature had raised taxes during past recessions. I was able to quickly point them to MassBudget’s recent report. This is just one example of how valuable MassBudget’s work is in informing – and moving forward – the conversation about how we fund our public goods. Their research is always credible, always reliable, and always timely.”
-Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director, Massachusetts Public Health Association

Healthy Families EITC Coalition
Healthy Families EITC Coalition is a statewide nonpartisan network of advocates working to improve the health and well-being of Massachusetts children and families through enhancements to  the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – a tool improving the economic security of nearly half a million households in Massachusetts already. 

The 40+ member coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center, consists of community-based organizations, legal advocates, professional associations, and Massachusetts workers and their families.

MassBudget’s recent work with the Healthy Families EITC Coalition has focused on state cash assistance, including short-term emergency response to COVID-19, and long-term EITC expansion.

Mass. Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
MIRA is a multi‐ethnic coalition with 130+ organizational members, including grassroots community organizations; refugee resettlement agencies; providers of social, legal and health services, faith-based organizations and civil and human rights advocates.

MassBudget works with MIRA on a variety of issues, including:

  •  a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census;
  • the Public Health COVID-19 Equity Task Force;
  • advocating for health insurance coverage for children without legal immigration status in the Covering All Kids Coalition; 
  • proposals to bring cash support to immigrants excluded from federal coronavirus relief benefits. 
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