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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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Family Child Care Programs: A Primer

Family child care (FCC) programs are a vital piece of the early education and care sector in Massachusetts that disproportionately support the Commonwealth’s highest need children. As we look to expand the sector, robust support for FCCs is a key factor for equity.
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How Much Would a Transfer Fee on Expensive Real Estate Generate for Your City or Town?

An interactive dashboard that provides data for each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns on how much revenue a community could raise by collecting an additional real estate transfer fee.
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How Baby Bonds Could Reduce Massachusetts’ Growing Wealth Gap

Across Massachusetts, racial wealth gaps are among the widest in the country. Structural barriers prevent or challenge households of color from building assets that could lead to wealth equity. Baby Bonds can be a powerful way to reduce these disparities.
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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 to reduce poverty by expanding the EITC and the child and family tax credit.
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