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Envisioning Equity Part II: Housing to Build a Just Recovery

 

Learn more about current legislation discussed in this conversation:

Guaranteed Housing Stability Act (H.5018) would ban evictions due to COVID-19-related nonpayment, stabilize rents, prevent “no fault” evictions, enable homeowners to defer their mortgage payments until the end of their loans, and establish a relief fund for small landlords.
An Act providing for climate change adaptation infrastructure and affordable housing investments in the Commonwealth (HD.5275/SD.3056) would double the deeds excise tax on home purchases and dedicate half the new revenue to climate mitigation and resiliency and half toward housing affordability.

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Testimony for the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, the Joint Committee on Revenue, and the Executive Office of Administration and Finance Economic Roundtable

We’re clearly in a budget crisis. Which is extremely troubling at this time, when we need real, comprehensive relief for families and individuals — so many of our neighbors, young and old, are struggling with accessing basic necessities and keeping healthy and well.

Our Commonwealth’s budget – how we raise revenue through taxes and fees, and how we spend that revenue – is the clearest picture of our shared values. Considering the revenue side picture is crucial, but the other side of the ledger is just, if not more important.

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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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Envisioning Equity Part I: Equitable Education through the Crisis

Watch the full webinar from our first installment, where we dive into how to build racial and economic justice in K-12 education through the state budget.

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