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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 on the Governor's FY 2022 budget proposal. Re-watch the briefing here.
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Governor’s FY 2022 Proposal: Short-Sighted Recovery Budget Leaves Opportunity to Chance for K-12, Transportation & More

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget President, on Governor Baker's Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Proposal filed Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
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How will the state government pave our way to an equitable recovery? What to watch this FY 2022 budget season.

1. How will the state generate enough revenue to meet everyone’s needs? Before state lawmakers even begin creating a budget, they need to determine how much money the state will likely collect for that fiscal year. For FY 2022, state leaders now estimate Massachusetts will bring in $30.12 billion in tax revenue, which is a 3.5 percent increase from the amount the Governor now projects will be collected in FY 2021 — a far more optimistic outlook than many experts had adopted only a few months ago. Nevertheless, both the recently revised FY 2021 estimate of $29.09 billion and the ...
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Unemployment Insurance Saved the Massachusetts Economy. How Can We Ensure It Will Be Strong for the Future?

Many Massachusetts businesses today owe their survival in part to UI sustaining customers’ demand for products and services. Over the years, even though the UI system funding has run low, legislators have repeatedly waived rules requiring employers to increase their payroll contributions. The state has had to borrow from the federal UI Trust Fund which puts Massachusetts in debt to that fund. While no state UI system was prepared to handle the tidal wave of unemployment brought about by the pandemic, the Commonwealth is particularly badly prepared. In 2021, Massachusetts employers will be required to pay assessed interest on unpaid ...
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Raising Rates on Unearned Income: An Equitable Way to Avoid Cuts and Support a Robust and Just Recovery

As a Commonwealth, we must respond to these intertwined health and economic crises in ways that acknowledge and correct for these deep-seated and longstanding inequities. Raising additional revenue through rate increases on unearned income would help the Commonwealth address the immediate harms of the pandemic, as well as make the investments that will speed us toward a just and robust recovery. What is “unearned income”? Broadly speaking, the income people receive can be divided into two categories, “earned income” and “unearned income.” Earned income typically comes in the form of wages and/or salaries directly connected to the daily work that ...
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Making sense of the Governor’s revised FY 2021 budget proposal

This was a presentation to a coalition of policy advocates, social service providers, and academics, to give members an overview of the Baker Administration’s revised FY 2021 budget and what it means for the programs they care about. View the full presentation here.
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Supporting Racial Equity and a Robust Recovery with a Corporate Income Tax Rate Increase

By returning the state corporate income tax to pre-2010 rates, the Commonwealth could raise $375 million to $500 million a year to help fund a racially equitable, economically just, and robust recovery.
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Bringing in the Relief Part II: The Census Counts for Equity

More than $3.3 billion in CARES Act funding comes to our Massachusetts communities based on population estimates from the census. Learn how the Commonwealth can get its fair share of power and money through a complete, accurate 2020 Census count in our latest report.
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Municipal Budgets, Local Aid, and Property Taxes Amid COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic, municipalities face increased spending needs and declining revenues. Many have the ability to raise property taxes, though others are constrained by Proposition 2 1/2. Moreover, property taxes tend to fall hardest on those with lower incomes. Without sufficient municipal aid, cities and towns may be forced to make public cuts which would slow the economic recovery.
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The Anti-Stimulus: Budget Cuts are Worse for the Economy than Tax Increases During Recessions

Anyone concerned about Massachusetts' economic recovery should be worried about state and municipal budget cuts. This is not the time for austerity. Avoiding budget cuts through targeted tax increases is the best way to build a strong recovery in Massachusetts. Learn more in the latest on our Blogs & Briefs publication.
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The CARES Act: Costly Tax Cuts for High-Income Filers

What were the tax breaks provided to the wealthy and businesses in the CARES Act? What is the cost of these tax breaks? Learn how these tax breaks could impact the Commonwealth's recovery from COVID-19.
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7 questions you have on the state budget and COVID-19, but were afraid to ask

How has the crisis affected the state budget and what does this mean? MassBudget has compiled the answers to some commonly asked questions and we want to hear from you. Read the latest and share your thoughts!
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How will the Federal Reserve’s new loan program for states affect Massachusetts?

What is the Municipal Liquidity Facility? How does it work? How does it help Massachusetts? Learn more about how the Federal Reserve's new loan program for states affects the Commonwealth.
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How is COVID-19 affecting the state budget?

Learn about how the pandemic is impacting the state budget process, essential programs, and how the Commonwealth can prepare for the road to recovery amid COVID-19.
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Blog: 7 questions you have on the state budget and COVID-19, but were afraid to ask

How has the crisis affected the state budget and what does this mean? MassBudget has compiled the answers to some commonly asked questions and we want to hear from you. Read the latest and share your thoughts!
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