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Pre-Conference Analysis: With Fair Share Revenue Surpassing Expectations, More Money Could Go to Education and Transportation in House and Senate Compromise

Going into this year's Conference Committee, one major story is that revenue collection from the Fair Share "millionaire's tax" is much higher than originally projected. In settling the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals, lawmakers could confidently revise their Fair Share revenue estimate for FY 2025 upwards by several hundred million dollars.
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Job Opening – Director, Delivering on Equity Collective

We are seeking a Director for the Delivering on Equity Collective (DOE). The Collective is anchored by the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center (MassBudget), Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), and the Massachusetts Voter Table (MVT) and has 25 member organizations across Massachusetts.
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What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth in State Fiscal Year 2025?

This brief looks beyond the budget totals to help stakeholders better understand the actual state cost of MassHealth by accounting for the state and federal partnership that finances this program.
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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, the SWM proposal would make new investments in education and transportation, made possible through the Fair Share surtax. Faced with limits to available revenue to date, SWM makes some different choices.
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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 proposal. It seeks to address current needs and introduces some new practices while also leaving on the table some questions and missed opportunities.
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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 collections from the Fair Share “millionaire” tax and flat growth in other tax collections this fiscal year. It supports growing investments in many areas while imposing cuts or failing to keep up with inflation in several others. 
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How Do Business Taxes in MA Compare to Other States?

MassBudget analyzed a recent data report by The Council on State Taxation (COST) - a Washington DC based trade association representing over 500 multistate and multinational corporations – that examines the full set of state and local taxes paid by businesses in each of the 50 states. How does Massachusetts fare and what should that mean for our state's tax policy?
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Ending the Tax Penalty Against Working Immigrants

Extending EITC eligibility to all workers filing taxes, regardless of their immigration status, would increase its impact, help expand economic opportunity, and support low- and moderate-income families struggling to afford Massachusetts’ high cost of living.
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Economic Projections for Asylum Seekers and New Immigrants: Massachusetts

How can we expect new immigrants to fare in the economy? To model this question, the Immigration Research Initiative and MassBudget looked at how immigrants with similar characteristics currently make ends meet in the state.
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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 that little additional tax revenue from traditional sources is available this year for the critical public investments that make our state more affordable and equitable and help all of us thrive.
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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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How Much Does the Millionaire Tax Improve Tax Fairness? How Does Massachusetts Compare Now to Other States?

A new 50-state analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) finds that Massachusetts’ recently adopted millionaire tax makes Massachusetts’ state and local tax system much more equitable.
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Rising Profits, Falling Tax Shares: Fixing What’s Broken

The share of state taxes paid by corporations has fallen markedly since the 1980s. Meanwhile, they've collected a growing share of all income generated in the U.S. Changes to corporate tax policy can improve fairness, racial equity, and state competitiveness.
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