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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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Letter to Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll on a Family Tax Credit

A letter to Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll on a consolidating different family tax supports into one simpler, fully refundable Family Tax Credit.

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Massachusetts Capital Budget 101

The capital budgeting process takes place largely out of the public eye but is responsible for building and maintaining critical state infrastructure. Learn more about it here.

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the EITC

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Testimony to the Fiscal Management and Control Board on MBTA Fares

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Testimony on H.3809 Before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

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Towards Equity: School Funding Reform in Massachusetts

Massachusetts benefits when all our children receive quality educational experiences in school that allow them to lead successful, fulfilling, and productive lives. Creating an education system where all students can reach success plays a significant role in creating a vibrant democracy and strong economy. Despite the significant progress in the Commonwealth driven by the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993, the success of Massachusetts schools has not reached all our children.

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Single Sales Factor Apportionment Formula, How It Works, and What It Costs

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What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth in 2019?

Every month, the MassHealth program (Massachusetts’ Medicaid program) provides health insurance for more than 1.8 million residents of the Commonwealth: children in low-income households; low-wage workers; elders in nursing homes; people with disabilities; and others with very low incomes who cannot afford insurance. This is more than one-quarter of the Commonwealth’s population, including close to half the state’s children. Not surprisingly, such a comprehensive program represents a large share of the state’s budget. But how much?

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Senate final budget makes some progress with limited new revenues for FY 2020

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Testimony before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on S.1066/H.1610, “An Act to Prevent Wage Theft, Promote Employer Accountability, and Enhance Public Enforcement”

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House final budget proposes modest investments, no significant new revenue for FY 2020

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It’s About Time: Modernizing the Massachusetts Overtime Law Would Help 435,000 Salaried Workers

Everyone deserves fair pay for the hours they work, and the freedom to have a personal life away from the job. That’s why we have overtime laws, which require that most workers be paid time-and-a-half for every hour they work over 40 in a given week. For salaried workers, however, these laws no longer provide the protection they used to.

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Testimony Before Joint Committee on Higher Education on S.744/H.1221, “An Act to Guarantee Debt-Free Public Higher Education”

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Incidence of State and Local Taxes in Massachusetts and Effects of the Fair Share Amendment

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Need to Invest in Education and Transportation

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Testimony on Fair Workweek Legislation Before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

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Income Tax Cuts Cost Massachusetts Over $4 Billion Annually, and Benefits Mostly Go to Highest Incomes

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