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FAQ: Expanding School Meals and Implications for School Funding FormulasJuly 2, 2015

Massachusetts schools are phasing-in a set of improvements to their school meals programs. These changes help ensure that more kids eat healthy meals every day they're learning at school, and yet, for technical reasons, they have forced the state to consider some changes to how it distributes school funding. This FAQ explains these issues, with a focus on how they affect our Chapter 70 education aid formula.

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New Federal Revenue Affects State Spending TrendsJune 16, 2015

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act affects the state's fiscal condition in a number of ways. Most significantly, the law provides substantial new federal revenue to the state. It actually provides more in federal revenue than the state costs of implementing provisions of that law.

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State of Working Massachusetts 2014June 4, 2015

Our state economy is growing and unemployment is down. Despite this very real progress, our economy is not working for everyone - or even for most of us. The median wage is lower today than it was a decade ago and poverty is higher."The State of Working Massachusetts" presents a snapshot of economic conditions currently facing workers, along with some longer-term trends.

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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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