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The Growing Gap: Income Inequality in Massachusetts

Over the past two decades, incomes for the highest income families in Massachusetts have grown almost five times as fast as those for low income families and nearly twice as fast as those for middle income families. While there have been similar trends across the country, the gap between upper- and lower-income families has grown more in Massachusetts than in forty seven of the fifty states. The Growing Gap describes the growth of income inequality in Massachusetts over approximately the last twenty years, discusses the social, economic, and political consequences of inequality, and examines the impact of public policies on the manner in which income is distributed in the Commonwealth. The Growing Gap is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey compiled and analyzed by two independent, non-partisan research organizations based in Washington, DC the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. Noah Berger's Op-Ed in the Boston Globe on New Directions in Closing the Income Gap The Metrowest Daily News on As the Income Gap Widens

January 26, 2006 | PDF