Featured Reports

Funding Improvements for Schools, Roads, and Public Transit with Tax Reforms that Improve FairnessSeptember 10, 2015

A ballot question has been proposed that would support investments in education and transportation with revenue from an additional 4% tax on income over a million dollars a year. This factsheet examines this proposal and how it relates to longer term economic and policy trends in Massachusetts.

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A $15 Minimum Wage – Effects and Historical ContextOctober 9, 2015

After several decades in which economic growth and productivity gains have not translated into wage growth for large segments of the labor force, policy makers are looking for strategies that can expand opportunity and raise wages for working people. This report looks at a proposal in Massachusetts that would set a minimum wage of $15 an hour for workers in fast food and big box retail businesses that have more than 200 employees.

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Funding Opportunities: Services that Help Prevent Kids in the Child Welfare System from Entering the Juvenile Justice SystemSeptember 29, 2015

This chart pack examines services that help children and families in the child welfare system. Funding for some of these services has recently increased, but even with increases, funding may not be sufficient to meet the needs of these vulnerable children. These services are also scattered across different agencies, pointing out both the need for and challenges of collaboration.

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To participate effectively in our democracy, people need clear and reliable information about policy choices facing the Commonwealth. MassBudget makes that information available to everyone, providing independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, with particular attention to the effects on low- and middle-income children and adults.

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