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Legislature will increase school funding next year

Colin Jones, senior policy analyst at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, said their analysis showed that if lawmakers based the Chapter 70 …

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Increasing tax revenue, federal aid leaves Massachusetts in better financial condition – Boston …

Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget president, at the time warned it sets the state up for a “short-sighted recovery.” Baker’s budget relies on drawing …

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Increasing tax revenue, federal aid leaves Massachusetts in better financial condition – Boston …

Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget president, at the time warned it sets the state up for a “short-sighted recovery.” Baker’s budget relies on drawing …

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Climbing tax revenues, federal aid leave Massachusetts in improving financial place

Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget president, at the time warned it sets the state up for a “short-sighted recovery.” “The combination of action at the …

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Climbing tax revenues, federal aid leave Massachusetts in improving financial place

Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget president, at the time warned it sets the state up for a “short-sighted recovery.” “The combination of action at the …

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Beacon Hill’s “Double-Dip” Tax Break Misses the Mark for Struggling Communities, Families, and Small Businesses

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget President, on the PPP “double-dip” tax break   “The Legislature’s decision yesterday on Emergency Paid Sick Time and Unemployment Insurance …

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Massachusetts Should Prohibit “Double-Dip” Tax Break for Profitable Businesses

Click here for a PDF version of this statement. S.D. 172, “An act providing financial relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic”, is bad …

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Governor’s FY 2022 Proposal: Short-Sighted Recovery Budget Leaves Opportunity to Chance for K-12, Transportation & More

Statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget President, on Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Proposal filed Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

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Statement on Senate Ways and Means Committee’s FY 2021 Budget

Read the statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), on the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget.

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Statement on Governor Baker’s Revised FY 2021 Budget Recommendation

Read the statement by Marie-Frances Rivera, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget), on Governor Baker’s revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Recommendation.

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Massachusetts could face a $5 billion budget hole; Baker administration takes tax hikes off the table for now

The Senate and House chairmen of their respective chambers’ budget committees, Michael J. Rodrigues and Aaron Michlewitz, prepared to host a virtual roundtable with experts to determine how dire Massachusetts’ financial picture is.

“There’s a budgetary crisis happening,” said Marie-Frances Rivera, president of … Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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Most Experts See Year-Over-Year Tax Revenue Decline

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center decided not to prepare a revenue estimate number for this hearing, said its president, Marie-Frances Rivera, citing “all the uncertainty and variables.” In April, MassBudget said that if patterns from prior recessions hold and there is some limited growth, fiscal 2021 collections could land between $5 billion and $5.7 billion shy of the estimates budget writers agreed to in January.

“We think that there’s a budgetary crisis that’s happening and we all have to be just fully aware and eyes-open about that,” Rivera said Wednesday. “There’s danger because all of the public goods that we’re relying on to guide us through this public health economic crisis, whether it’s health care, whether it’s housing people, whether it’s educating our young people, a lot of these are in jeopardy and the needs are growing.”

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Tax hikes should be last resort as state seeks revenue

According to the News Service, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a state finance think tank, says its time for lawmakers to consider other ways to fill budget gaps, other than borrowing money.

They include tapping into the state’s $3.5 billion reserves and adopting “new policies to increase revenue.”

Translation: raising taxes.

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Outer Cape Workers Could Be Denied Unemployment This Winter

The original unemployment system was limited in various ways and covered only about half of the actual American workforce, according to Phineas Baxandall, a social insurance expert at the Mass. Budget and Policy Center. The expansion Congress passed during the shutdown made payments last longer, made them much more generous, and allowed more workers to qualify, including part-time workers, independent contractors, and the self-employed.

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Five things you need to know today, and heading toward a state budget showdown

“The Commonwealth should pair limited use of borrowing and withdrawals from the Rainy Day Fund with new policies to increase revenue, thus avoiding budget cuts which would deepen and prolong the recession,” says the report, which came out today. It specifically argues against relying mostly on borrowing to plug holes in the budget, and cites a 2015 study by the Congressional Budget Office looking at the Great Recession, which found that “for every additional dollar of revenue raised from taxes (which are used to support public spending during a recession), economy activity drops by less than a dollar.”

In other words, MassBudget contends, raising taxes in the last economic downturn proved to have a net positive impact on the economy. Of course, that idea is sure to meet resistance from the state’s wealthier residents who will likely shoulder the burden of those taxes, and it will be up to lawmakers to decide both who will benefit from the recovery from the pandemic, and who will have to pay for it.

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