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The Pandemic Persists: Pain Points for the Children of Massachusetts

Policymakers have the responsibility and an opportunity to make smart and fair policy choices that will support children and families. This is particularly true now …

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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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Road to Recovery: How to Safely Reopen Early Education in Massachusetts

As the Commonwealth’s early education and care sector reopens, many providers are at risk of closing permanently unless there is a significant new source of funding. Learn more about COVID-19’s impact on early education in our latest report, and what it will take to safely reopen.

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Kids Count Data Center

MassBudget is home to KIDS COUNT in Massachusetts, a national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track and improve the well-being of children across the United States. With these data, state organizations provide policy analysis based on evidence and shine a spotlight on pressing issues in order improve programs and policies for children and families.

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FY 2021 BUDGET PREVIEW: Will the Governor reboot his dependent deduction proposal or take a more targeted approach?

Will the Governor again propose to double the state’s dependent deduction, which wasn’t adopted by the Legislature, or will state lawmakers provide more targeted tax support for working families with greater need?

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Impact of the Increase in the Massachusetts Minimum Wage to $12.75

These infographics show the impacts of the increase in the Massachusetts minimum wage on January 1, 2020, from $12 to $12.75 per hour.

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Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward for the Children and Families of Massachusetts

Data describing our communities document that opportunity is not equally available to children and families across the Commonwealth. While effective public policy removes obstacles along the road to opportunity, good jobs play a central role in paving that road. Yet economic policies have allowed wages to stagnate, and important work support programs and other essential benefits that allow children and families to thrive are at risk, especially as a result of recent federal policy.

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Massachusetts Poverty Rate and Median Income Improved in 2018, but Not by Enough

The United States is in the midst of the longest economic expansion in its history, following the Great Recession with sustained recovery. Massachusetts’ economy today exemplifies this, highlighted by continued job growth and a very low unemployment rate that is consistently below the national level. If a rising tide lifts all boats, we should see all Massachusetts residents benefiting, but this isn’t the case.

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Credit Where Credit is Due: The EITC and CTC – two proven tools to keep low-paid workers out of poverty

One of the most successful ways to lift people out of poverty is through tax credits targeted to low- and moderate-income families. Families use these credits to reduce their income taxes or receive a refund check. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) are two widely successful tax credit programs for improving family economic security and well-being — combined, the credits lift more people out of poverty than any other federal program except Social Security. Nonetheless, there are opportunities to make these programs even better.

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Testimony before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on H.2681, “An Act Ensuring Equitable Representation in the Commonwealth”

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Making Every Student Count

Accurately counting low-income and English Language Learner students, who are more likely to require a diverse array of academic and social resources to succeed in school, is important to ensure that school districts receive the funding necessary to support all of their students. Communities with large numbers of immigrants are often disproportionately affected by the challenges of obtaining an accurate count of low-income students.

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Infographic: Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as #LatinxHeritageMonth (running Sept. 15-Oct. 15), our infographics analyze the number of eligible Hispanic tax filers per county that could or already benefitting from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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Concentrated Poverty Snapshot

Nearly 90,000 children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are living in concentrated-poverty. What is the long-term effect on our children and our communities? Read the full snapshot, and stay tuned for our upcoming analysis on the issue.

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Testimony before the Joint Committee on Transportation on H.3012/S.2061, “An act relative to work and family mobility”

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Video Explainer: Building an Education System that Works for Everyone

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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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A Promise of Equity: Designing a Debt-Free Higher Education Program That Works for Everyone

As Massachusetts considers several proposals to make college tuition-and-fee-free or debt-free, this paper looks at how different design elements of such a guarantee could affect access and affordability for students from less wealthy families, students of color, and immigrant students in Massachusetts.

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Investment in After-School & Summer Learning in Massachusetts: Current Funding & Unmet Need

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A Chilly Reception: Proposed Immigration Rule Creates Chilling Effect for New Immigrants and Current Citizens

The Trump Administration announced on October 10 a proposal that would fundamentally change our country’s approach to immigration. This proposal would change what is known as the “public charge” immigration rule, which could make it very difficult for many immigrants to receive the Green Cards or visas that allow them to enter or stay in this country legally.

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KIDS COUNT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Kathryn Audette
Director of Government Affairs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Kathryn Cohen
Director of Public Policy, Children’s League of Massachusetts

Michael Curry, CHAIR
Executive Committee, National Board of Directors NAACP
Deputy CEO & General Counsel Mass. League of Community Health Centers
Mass. Budget and Policy Center Board

Suzanne Curry
Co-Director of Policy and Government Relations, Health Care for All

Joe Diamond
Executive Director, Mass. Association for Community Action

Titus dos Remedios
Director of Research and Policy, Strategies for Children

Susan Elsen
Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba
Executive Director, Children’s HealthWatch

Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers – Mass. Chapter

Marianna Islam
Director of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation

Lisa Lambert
Executive Director, Parent/Professional Advocacy League

Tammy Mello
Executive Director, Children’s League of Massachusetts

Shannon Moore
Director of State Govt. Relations, Children’s Hospital

Kevin Murray
Executive Director, Mass. Advocates for Children

Amy O’Leary
Early Education for All Campaign Director, Strategies for Children

Carlene Pavlos
Executive Director, Mass. Public Health Association

Pam Nourse
Executive Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs

Norma Shapiro
Citizens for Public Schools

Leon Smith
Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

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