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Fair Share Advances Racial Equity Through New Budget Investments

The first year of investments made with Fair Share dollars demonstrate how the new surtax creates opportunities to mitigate the ongoing harms of structural racism while improving the Commonwealth as a whole.
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Testimony in Support of H489/S301 on Affordable and Accessible Early Education

Policy Analyst Adam Jones urges the Joint Committee on Education to create a Commonwealth that features high-quality, affordable child care accessible to more families.
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Higher Education Investments: Supporting Our Economy and Future Generations

Public higher education is critically important to the success of Massachusetts’ economy, but state support has lagged in recent decades. This report evaluates current proposals to better support campuses and make higher education more affordable, particularly the CHERISH Act and the Debt-Free Public Higher Education Act.
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Three Funds, One Purpose: Implementing Fair Share

The Fiscal Year 2024 budget is the first state budget to include money raised from the Fair Share Amendment, making important investments in education and transportation. Lawmakers took additional steps to create mechanisms that will facilitate transparency, stability, and protect the intent of the amendment.
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Your Fair Share Dollars at Work: Critical Investments and Hard Choices

The Fair Share Amendment is doing what voters wanted it to do: making new, important investments in our Commonwealth and making our tax system more equitable.
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How Will We Spend Fair Share Dollars? Competing Proposals Highlight Needs and Opportunities

Fiscal Year 2024, which starts in July 2023, is the first state budget to include Fair Share dollars, and the Governor's, House, and Senate budget proposals differ in how they would spend Fair Share funds. How do their priorities compare?
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Preventing High-Income Tax Avoidance to Protect Education and Transportation

Problems with potential high-income tax avoidance can be solved by following many other states that require that taxpayers file their state income taxes with the same status they use on their federal taxes.
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Memo to Governor Healey on Ways to Ensure Effective Implementation of the Fair Share Amendment

As Massachusetts voters have amended the state constitution to include a 4 percent surtax on taxable income over $1 million, MassBudget would like to offer policy suggestions to assist the Commonwealth in protecting this revenue and ensuring that it is directed to education and transportation, as specified in the amendment.
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Prospects for Investment, Stability, and Growth in Early Education in Massachusetts

As the challenges of the COVID pandemic continue to reverberate across the state, early education and care (EEC) providers persevere every day. Early care centers across the Commonwealth continue to deliver enriching support for young children while allowing parents to work and provide for their families. EEC has an essential role in keeping our state economy moving during these challenging times.
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PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES: la Enmienda de Parte Justa (Impuesto a los millonarios)

¿Busca información más detallada sobre la Enmienda de Parte Justa que se está debatiendo aquí en la Commonwealth? Consulte nuestra guía para responder a algunas de las preguntas más comunes sobre este tema y obtenga más información.
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A Millionaire Tax is Necessary to Advance Critical Education Investments in Massachusetts

Federal pandemic relief has helped avert education cuts and added significant funds to expand services during the pandemic. But it is insufficient and too short-term to meet the Commonwealth’s existing promises to improve education, much less to make bold new investments.
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FAQ: Fair Share Amendment Edition

Looking for more detailed information on the Fair Share Amendment being discussed here in the Commonwealth? Check out our guide to some common questions about it and learn more! Haga clica aquí para leer en español. 1. What is the Fair Share Amendment or “millionaire tax”? The Fair Share Amendment will be on the ballot in Massachusetts on November 8, 2022. It would amend the state constitution to allow for an additional 4% income tax on the portion of a tax filer’s taxable income that is above $1 million. The money raised by this tax must be used to support ...
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ARPA & Federal Early Education Funds in MA

Early Education During the COVID Crisis Across Massachusetts, early education providers, family care homes, and Pre-K centers persevere each day through the challenges of the COVID pandemic. Early educators across the Commonwealth continue to deliver enriching care for young children while also allowing parents to work and provide for their families. This essential work keeps our economy moving. Fortunately, the federal government stepped up to respond to the challenges of COVID for early education. Funding is a key factor in how early educators have navigated the pandemic and kept classrooms open. At the start of the pandemic, the overall funding ...
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: When the Bough Breaks

On January 7, 2022, the Boston Foundation 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.
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New Federal Spending Makes It Crucial to Add State Funds for Education and Transportation

The federal and state governments act as partners to ensure high-quality education and transportation. In response to the COVID pandemic, the federal government has made available billions of one-time dollars for the Commonwealth. Federal funding for transportation and education from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), from other relief bills passed by Congress during the pandemic, and enhanced funding opportunities in the newly signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) are important but insufficient sources of revenue for the Commonwealth to move beyond the pandemic to a future with equity at its center. ...
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