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A Preview of the FY 2016 BudgetJanuary 22, 2015

As the FY 2016 budget season begins, the Commonwealth continues to suffer from the effects of the three billion dollars of income tax cuts enacted over a decade ago. As a result of those tax cuts, the state has been forced to make deep cuts to important public services. Even with those budget cuts, the state continues to face budget gaps at the start of each year's budget process. This preview describes the state's fiscal condition as the budget season begins.

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From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great SocietyNovember 10, 2014

MassBudget's new report From Poverty to Opportunity: The Challenge of Building a Great Society traces the economic and policy changes since the launch of the Great Society and how they have affected the lives of people at all income levels in Massachusetts.

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Opening the Process: Releasing Maintenance Budgets to the PublicJanuary 22, 2015

Maintenance budgets are estimates of what it would take for the state to maintain services at the same level as prior years. These budgets are also often called current services baselines, as they allow comparison of budget proposals to the baseline of what is currently provided. Maintenance budgets are the first step in our state’s budget process, but they are rarely made public in a standard way.

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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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