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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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That’s A Relief Part II: Federal Fiscal Relief for Community Development in the CARES Act

Read That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation here. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act,” or “C3”), provides substantial federal fiscal relief for the states, benefits to certain businesses, as well as direct payments to individuals suffering hardship due to the pandemic and the subsequent economic disruption.[1] This funding includes $5 billion total nationally for community development funding, including funding to municipalities for a wide variety of local programs, funding for housing assistance and to prevent homelessness, and more. Listed below are estimated funds from the CARES Act that will be available to ...
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That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation

Learn what federal relief though the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and other recently passed legislation means for the Commonwealth during the public health crisis.
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Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis: Filling Gaps in Federal Cash Support for Individuals and Families

Congress enacted billions of dollars in new direct cash assistance to individuals and families during the crisis, but there's still work to be done to ensure people are not left behind. Learn what state-level solutions are available to fill the gaps.
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Testimony to the Economic Roundtable: We must ensure collective well-being and economic security in the Commonwealth

Read the full testimony from our President, Marie-Frances Rivera, for the Massachusetts Legislature's April Virtual Economic Roundtable, originally scheduled for April 7, 2020.
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Keeping Promises and Investing in Our Recovery: Why We Must Fund the Student Opportunity Act

With statewide school closures, we must ensure that children are safe, fed, and do not fall behind. Learn how COVID-19 is impacting the Student Opportunity Act, and what can be done to ensure that all schools have enough resources to fully support each and every child when they reopen their doors.
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Spotlight on Equity: Testing and Treatment for Everyone, Regardless of Income, Health Insurance Coverage, or Immigration Status

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic exposes disparities in our health care system. It also highlights how interconnected we are to each other. Now, more than ever, as we work to flatten the curve of this epidemic, we need to consider the health and wellbeing of our neighbors who may feel unsafe or unsure about accessing medical care. This includes people who may see care as unaffordable, fear deportation, and those experiencing homelessness. Through MassHealth, our state’s Medicaid program, Massachusetts provides health insurance to nearly 1.8 million people, including about half the state’s children. In an effort to provide a ...
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Amid plummeting state tax collections, the Commonwealth has options

It’s a sudden economic freefall like no other. By some estimates, Massachusetts will have 473,000 COVID-induced job layoffs and furloughs by summer. Most people with jobs won’t make or spend as much in the months ahead.
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It’s Raining: An FAQ on Using Our State Savings Account to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

What is the Rainy Day Fund? The Stabilization Fund — often referred to as the “Rainy Day Fund”– is a cushion for times when state tax collections fall abruptly and/or state expenditures rise sharply. It is like a savings account for the state to turn to when there is not enough revenue flowing into the General Fund (the state’s “checking account”). The Rainy Day Fund helps the state continue to pay for health care, education, public safety, and other priorities in difficult economic times. This helps the state bridge the gap until the crisis is past, the economy rebounds, and ...
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Driver’s licenses for immigrants without status – how would it affect Massachusetts?

This series of briefs examines the potential effects of licensing undocumented drivers in Massachusetts. The briefs look at the effects on public safety, child health, law enforcement efficiency, and the economy and state finances.
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Going Upstream: How our State Budget, Revenue, and Policies can Improve Health

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MA Property Taxes: Who Pays? Recommendations for More Progressive Policies

Cities and towns rely on property taxes as their chief source of revenue to provide vital public services and infrastructure. Low- and moderate-income households tend to pay a larger portion of income in property taxes than those with high incomes, especially considering how some taxes get passed on from owners to renters. This paper examines why this is the case and what existing policies help make property taxes more progressive.Finally seven kids of state and local policy reforms are discussed that would redirect responsibility for property taxes towards those most able to pay.
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Why the Count Counts: Federal Funding and the 2020 Census

Our latest brief, Why the Count Counts, outlines the generational impacts a complete and accurate count of every Massachusetts resident will have in the 2020 Census, federal funds that would be directly affected, and more.
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Opportunity Delayed: FY 2021 Governor’s Budget for K-12 Funding Falls Short by $74M for Low-Income Kids

As part of implementing the Commonwealth's new school funding law, the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), the Governor proposed increasing Chapter 70 aid by $303.5 million over current levels in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. In this first year, the Governor delivers on one-seventh (14 percent) of the SOA reforms in most areas—special education, health care for educators, social-emotional support, and increments for English Language Learners—keeping those reforms on track for full implementation in seven years. However, not all of the SOA reforms are consistently or equitably phased in by the Governor's proposal despite this goal being outlined in the ...
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