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2014 KIDS COUNT Data BookJuly 22, 2014

Children have a greater opportunity to thrive and succeed in Massachusetts than in any other state, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Because of our Commonwealth’s long record of making effective investments in the education and health of our children, they lead the nation in educational achievement and are less likely to be without health insurance than children in any other state. Nonetheless, one in seven Massachusetts children lives in poverty. While that’s better than the national rate of about one in five, it’s not a number to be proud of, and we have much work to do to provide every child with a real opportunity to succeed.

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Analyzing the Legislature's Budget for FY 2015July 2, 2014

On June 30th the Legislature enacted the state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1st, 2014. While the Governor, House, and Senate had some different priorities and each introduced new initiatives, there was significantly more agreement throughout this year's process than last year. This Budget Monitor describes funding levels and initiatives throughout the state budget and compares them to years past.

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The Regional Impact of an $11/Hour Minimum WageJune 23, 2014

Last week the Legislature voted to increase the minimum wage to $11 by 2017. This is projected to raise the wages of approximately 605,000 workers. This Facts At A Glance provides estimates of the number of workers affected in specific cities and regions of the state.

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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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