For 30 years, MassBudget has partnered with advocates, legislators, grassroots organizations and national thought leaders to provide research and data to solve the Commonwealth’s most pressing issues.
MassBudget’s research is driven by our engagement with coalitions, advocates, and base-building organizations, especially those rooted in community and led by people of color. Working closely with our partners, our goal is to engage and empower communities with the research and data they need to fight for the just, antiracist policy solutions they deserve.
MassBudget is part of multiple national networks, including the State Priorities Partnership (led by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities), Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Institute for Tax and Economic Policy (ITEP) and is also the Massachusetts KIDS COUNT organization (supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and our Advisory Council).
Massachusetts Public Health Association
“While recently testifying to the legislature’s Health Equity Task Force, I was asked where I got the idea that the legislature had raised taxes during past recessions. I was able to quickly point them to MassBudget’s recent report. This is just one example of how valuable MassBudget’s work is in informing – and moving forward – the conversation about how we fund our public goods. Their research is always credible, always reliable, and always timely.”
-Carlene Pavlos, Executive Director, Massachusetts Public Health Association
Healthy Families EITC Coalition
Healthy Families EITC Coalition is a statewide nonpartisan network of advocates working to improve the health and well-being of Massachusetts children and families through enhancements to the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – a tool improving the economic security of nearly half a million households in Massachusetts already.
The 40+ member coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center, consists of community-based organizations, legal advocates, professional associations, and Massachusetts workers and their families.
MassBudget’s recent work with the Healthy Families EITC Coalition has focused on state cash assistance, including short-term emergency response to COVID-19, and long-term EITC expansion. We co-authored Boston Indicators’ recent paper A Guaranteed Income for Massachusetts and we continue to work with the coalition to explore how Massachusetts can support more low-income neighbors through the EITC.
Mass. Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
MIRA is a multi‐ethnic coalition with 130+ organizational members, including grassroots community organizations; refugee resettlement agencies; providers of social, legal and health services, faith-based organizations and civil and human rights advocates.
MassBudget works with MIRA on a variety of issues, including:
- a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census;
- the Public Health COVID-19 Equity Task Force;
- advocating for health insurance coverage for children without legal immigration status in the Covering All Kids Coalition;
- proposals to bring cash support to immigrants excluded from federal coronavirus relief benefits.