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Funding Improvements for Schools, Roads, and Public Transit with Tax Reforms that Improve FairnessSeptember 10, 2015

A ballot question has been proposed that would support investments in education and transportation with revenue from an additional 4% tax on income over a million dollars a year. This factsheet examines this proposal and how it relates to longer term economic and policy trends in Massachusetts.

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Funding Opportunities: Services that Help Prevent Kids in the Child Welfare System from Entering the Juvenile Justice SystemSeptember 29, 2015

This chart pack examines services that help children and families in the child welfare system. Funding for some of these services has recently increased, but even with increases, funding may not be sufficient to meet the needs of these vulnerable children. These services are also scattered across different agencies, pointing out both the need for and challenges of collaboration.

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Large gains in health coverage, some growth in incomes, big challenges remainSeptember 18, 2015

New Census data released this week shows that ACA implementation led to the largest single-year increase in health insurance coverage nationwide in 2014. Also, incomes in Massachusetts increased and child poverty declined for the first time since 2008. But we have a long way to go. Incomes are barely growing across the country and more than one in five children nationally (and more than one in seven in Massachusetts) lived in poverty in 2014.

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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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