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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Six Things at Stake for Racial Justice in the FY 2024 Budget Conference

After examining the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposals, our budget analysts highlighted six differences between the two that have implications for racial ...
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Debunking the Five Major Myths About Outmigration

Recently, multiple news articles, op-eds, and think tank reports have asserted that Massachusetts is suffering an exodus of households, particularly high-income households, fleeing to states ...
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Testimony to support employment of formerly incarcerated individuals and people on transitional assistance in microbusinesses

Policy Director Phineas Baxandall delivers testimony in support for H.2811, “An Act to establish the micro business employee training and workforce development program."
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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 ...
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Estate Tax Cuts Worsen Our Large Racial Wealth Gap

If lawmakers cut the Massachusetts estate tax, it is a small number of high-income, white households that will receive the overwhelming share of the benefits. ...
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Estate Tax Cut Proposals Are Costly and Poorly Targeted – Alternative Solutions Exist

Current estate tax proposals would lead to a loss of state revenue and reduce the Commonwealth’s ability to make crucial investments, while having regressive impacts ...
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What’s Race Got to Do With It? Some Tax Proposals Would Widen Racial Inequality, Others Would Advance Equity

Some of the tax cuts proposed by the Massachusetts House in 2023 would widen economic and racial disparities by disproportionately benefiting wealthier, generally whiter households. ...
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Affordable Rent for All: Massachusetts is on a Slow Road to Universal Housing Vouchers

Programs which help people afford their rent are a critical tool in addressing the housing affordability crisis. How can Massachusetts, which has long been a ...
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Statement on the Senate Ways and Means Budget Proposal

The state budget process continues on as the Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released its proposal for the State budget today. With recent news ...
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Comparing Tax Cut Proposals from 2022 to 2023

Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed tax policy changes in 2022 and 2023 that would reduce public revenue by large amounts—providing the most benefits to the most ...
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Statement on the House Budget

The final House version of the budget, at $56.2 billion, is $154 million larger than the Governor’s proposal. It includes notable amendments to the House Ways ...
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How Other States Prevent the Costly Tax Loophole in the Millionaire’s Tax

The newly passed surtax on annual incomes over $1 million brings a new opportunity for high-income residents to exploit a tax loophole. Policies in other ...
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Statement on the House Ways and Means Budget Proposal

While this proposal includes some important investments and policies, both it and the Governor’s proposal are limited by a set of proposed regressive tax cuts.
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Statement on the House Tax Reform Bill

Meaningful credits for working families mixed with benefits solely for the wealthy - MassBudget reacts to House of Representatives' recently released tax proposal.
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High-Income Households Are Not Fleeing Massachusetts

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data show that Massachusetts has low rates of out-migration among high-income households compared to other states. As a consequence, delivering large ...
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