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The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Explained

Public Higher Education and COVID-19 With the correct supports in place, public higher education has the power to open up countless opportunities for low-income students …

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Federal Relief and Recovery Funding and Massachusetts’ Transportation Future

Unprecedented Needs and Opportunity Families and businesses rely on transportation systems like roads, sidewalks, buses, and trains for almost everything we do. These are the …

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Piecemeal Progress: An Exploration of Massachusetts Housing Investments

There is a housing crisis in Massachusetts — pre-dating the pandemic and worsened by it. This paper explores the role the state budget plays in …

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State Borrowing is No Substitute for New Revenue in Dealing with the COVID-19 Economic Downturn

States rely on borrowing to manage their finances in good times and bad. Yet borrowing is not a substitute for raising the revenue needed for an economic recovery. Policymakers should look to raising progressive new revenues paired with limited borrowing to avoid cuts to critical public spending.

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Bruised Budgets: A Higher Education Funding History Lesson For An Antiracist Future

A well-funded public higher education system has the power to open up countless opportunities for low-income students and families of all races and backgrounds. For …

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Supporting Racial Equity and a Robust Recovery with a Corporate Income Tax Rate Increase

By returning the state corporate income tax to pre-2010 rates, the Commonwealth could raise $375 million to $500 million a year to help fund a racially equitable, economically just, and robust recovery.

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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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Municipal Budgets, Local Aid, and Property Taxes Amid COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic, municipalities face increased spending needs and declining revenues. Many have the ability to raise property taxes, though others are constrained by Proposition 2 1/2. Moreover, property taxes tend to fall hardest on those with lower incomes. Without sufficient municipal aid, cities and towns may be forced to make public cuts which would slow the economic recovery.

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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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Mass. Raised Revenue in Last Three Recessions, Reducing Cuts

Cutting budgets and failing to invest in communities hardest hit by the pandemic perpetuates the deep racial inequities built into the current system. Learn more about how the Commonwealth has solved the challenges of past economic recessions in our latest report.

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Tens of thousands of undocumented, essential workers at risk of lost jobs, lost pay, exposure to COVID-19

Immigrants without status form the backbone of Massachusetts — producing our food, tending to our loved ones, and stocking our supermarkets. But the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread business closures mean many of these undocumented workers have found themselves at risk of losing their jobs, losing income, or being exposed to the virus.

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Unemployment Assistance in a Time of COVID-19

The Commonwealth has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences by implementing several bold new federal unemployment policies that are also supported with federal funds. These have provided crucial protection to many workers and the economy, though undocumented workers have been excluded. Since late April, the greatest volume of unemployment claims have been for a new program for workers traditionally ineligible for unemployment insurance. Without new federal legislation, this program will expire at the end of the year. The federally-funded $600 enhancement to weekly benefits will expire at the end of July. The loss of these benefits would hurt many workers and slow the state’s economic recovery.

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Testimony Supporting Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers

Testimony supporting legislation for state stimulus checks for taxpayers excluded from federal benefits because they pay taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a social security number.

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Bringing in the Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief for our State Budget is Critical for a Strong, Just Recovery

For more on federal fiscal relief, read That’s A Relief Part I: Federal Fiscal Relief to Massachusetts in Recently-Passed Legislation and That’s A Relief Part II: Federal Fiscal …

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The CARES Act: Costly Tax Cuts for High-Income Filers

What were the tax breaks provided to the wealthy and businesses in the CARES Act? What is the cost of these tax breaks? Learn how these tax breaks could impact the Commonwealth's recovery from COVID-19.

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Wrong time for Massachusetts to introduce a charitable tax deduction?

A new tax subsidy initially approved two decades ago, the state charitable deduction, is set to automatically go into effect in January 2021, reducing revenue by $300 million annually. Are there ways to stem revenue loss and limit the subsidy to high incomes? Learn more about what the state charitable deduction could mean for the Commonwealth amid COVID-19.

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FAQ: Status of the Mass. Early Education Sector During and Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak

Introduction Quality early education and care (EEC) is not only critical for helping young children to learn and grow, it’s also vital to our economy …

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7 questions you have on the state budget and COVID-19, but were afraid to ask

How has the crisis affected the state budget and what does this mean? MassBudget has compiled the answers to some commonly asked questions and we want to hear from you. Read the latest and share your thoughts!

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