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FY 2023 Budget: the Good, the Bad, and the Need for New, Sustainable Revenue

Statement from MassBudget President Marie-Frances Rivera in response to the Baker Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Proposal For Immediate Release: January 26, 2022 “As …

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MassBudget Brief Explains the State Budget Process to Make it More Accessible

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2022 BOSTON, MA – The budget is a powerful $50 billion tool for building an antiracist and equitable Commonwealth over the …

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Job Opening: Finance and Operations Manager

We are seeking a highly-organized Finance and Operations Manager who is aligned with MassBudget’s mission of advancing equitable and antiracist policy solutions that create an …

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Rep. Antonio Cabral: Address charter funding in school budget bill

Cabral hosted a caucus briefing where Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center analyst Colin Jones laid out the facts of competing school funding proposals and the challenges he sees as inherent in striking a deal.

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Licensing bill triggers debate over immigration, driving

Supporters of the legislation argued at the hearing that it would make the roads safer for everyone and ease the stress on the state’s roughly undocumented immigrants – many of whom already drive without a license, training or insurance. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated last week that there are 185,000 undocumented immigrants in the state.

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Representative Barber testifies with hundreds of supporters for her Driver's License Bill

"Allowing immigrants the right to drive is good for the economy and for your pocket," said Ben Echevarria, Executive Director of The Welcome Project. "The recent MassBudget study shows this bill would add about $6 million to state revenue and would lower individual's annual insurance rates by roughly $20. It's good for our economy and makes our roads safer."

In anticipation of the hearing, Rep. Barber also spoke at a Labor Day Rally in support of the bill, and at a Press Conference to release a report from MassBudget that shows the positive impact this bill would have on our Commonwealth.

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Bill To Make Driver's Licenses Available To Undocumented Immigrants Debated At Massachusetts State House

Supporters of the legislation argued Wednesday that it would make the roads safer for everyone and ease the stress on the state's undocumented immigrants — many of whom already drive without a license, training or insurance. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated Wednesday that there are 185,000 undocumented immigrants in the state.

Allowing undocumented immigrants to acquire driver's licenses could generate millions of dollars in revenue for both the state and for insurance companies, researchers at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center said in a report released hours before Wednesday's hearing. Undocumented immigrants already contribute about $184.6 million in Massachusetts state and local taxes and having a license could increase many immigrants' earning power and their tax contributions.

MBPC President Marie-Frances Rivera described the legislation as "economically sensible, and simply the right thing to do" at the Wednesday morning press conference.

"Licensing drivers without documents not only allows them and their families to access basic necessities, it also allows employers to access more qualified workers in our tight labor market," Rivera said.

Passing the legislation would likely generate $6 million in state revenue over the first three years and lower each Massachusetts driver's insurance premium by about $20 per year, which Rivera pointed out is enough to buy flowers on Mother's Day. It would also generate an additional $62 million in revenue for insurance companies, the report found.

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Advocates pack State House hearing to support bill to expand driving privileges to all Mass. residents, regardless of legal status

An estimated 185,000 undocumented immigrants stand to benefit from this bill if it becomes law, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Currently, residents need to show a work permit or other proof of legal status to be eligible for a driver's license.

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Testimony before the Joint Committee on Transportation on H.3012/S.2061, “An act relative to work and family mobility”

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the EITC

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Testimony to the Fiscal Management and Control Board on MBTA Fares

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Video Explainer: Building an Education System that Works for Everyone

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Testimony on H.3809 Before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Single Sales Factor Apportionment Formula, How It Works, and What It Costs

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Testimony before Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on S.1066/H.1610, “An Act to Prevent Wage Theft, Promote Employer Accountability, and Enhance Public Enforcement”

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Testimony Before Joint Committee on Higher Education on S.744/H.1221, “An Act to Guarantee Debt-Free Public Higher Education”

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Need to Invest in Education and Transportation

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Testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue on the Incidence of State and Local Taxes in Massachusetts and Effects of the Fair Share Amendment

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