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Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts: A Current SnapshotMay 26, 2016

Estimates how many Massachusetts residents need and take a leave to cope with a serious illness, pregnancy or a new child. For instance, about 12 percent of Massachusetts workers take a medical or family leave annually, but about a quarter of them take a shorter leave than they need and a slightly larger number of workers who need leave do not take it.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave: Lessons from Other StatesMay 26, 2016

Most other industrialized countries and four U.S. states use insurance-style programs that replace a portion of workers’ wages to enable time off to address a serious personal or family health condition or to care for a new child. This fact sheet examines evidence on the impact of these programs on families and businesses in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and (starting in 2018) New York.

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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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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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