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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Federal Stimulus in Massachusetts

This MassBudget Brief describes what benefits Massachusetts is slated to receive through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and what impact those benefits could have on our state and its residents. It is particularly important to consider which elements of ARRA can be used to address the Commonwealth's budget gap. For example, the highway and bridge infrastructure funds in ARRA will allow Massachusetts to undertake a number of important projects to improve the state's transportation infrastructure. However, because these funds are specifically targeted for new projects, they will not have an effect on the state's ongoing budget crisis. Similarly, tax cuts, while benefiting thousands of state residents, are not directly related to state fiscal issues. The following brief provides information on the funds, tax cuts, and benefits available to Massachusetts through ARRA, the purpose of those funds, and whether or not they can directly help the state address its current budget crisis.

March 20, 2009 | PDF