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Analyzing the House FY 2017 BudgetApril 29, 2016

The House Budget changes the overall budget picture very little, but proposes a few significant changes for the next budget year. The House changed the bottom line of the budget proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee by less than one fifth of one percent. While many of the House changes were small earmarks for specific local projects, a number of the additions aim to address broader challenges.

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Building a Strong Economy: The Roles of Education, Transportation, and Tax PolicyJanuary 15, 2016

Effective economic policies can create a more highly productive state economy and make it possible to improve economic opportunity and security for working families. This paper examines the economic research on the relationship between effective investments in education and transportation and improved economic productivity. The paper also examines the economic effects of tax reforms that can fund those investments.

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Analyzing the House Ways & Means Committee Budget for FY 2017April 18, 2016

This Budget Monitor examines the House Ways and Means Committee's state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. The HWM proposal is similar overall to the Governor's and the pattern of recent years. It is largely an austerity budget that reduces spending in some accounts, keeps most essentially at current levels, and contains only very modest new initiatives.

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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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