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- March 31 2015
Foundation President Eileen McAnneny testified in support of House Bill 62, An Act to Support Working Families, and in particular the proposal to link expanding the state’s earned income tax credit with repeal of the state’s film tax credit.
- March 13 2015
The FY 2016 budget has been hampered by a large structural gap that is the result of $1.2 billion in one-time funds used in FY 2015 and $1.5 billion in spending growth for non-discretionary accounts. That $2.7 billion total shortfall is offset by tax revenue growth of $872 million, leaving a $1.8 billion deficit.
- January 22 2015
Tax revenues will grow by $1.1 billion, or 4.5 percent, to $25.5 billion in fiscal 2016, continuing the trend of modest growth yet still below that of previous economic recoveries, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“It’s alarming that even with employment gains and a healthier economic climate, the state faces a monumental budget shortfall in fiscal 2015 and substantial challenges in 2016,” Bagley said.
- March 2 2014Rationale for Voting Against the Recommendation to Amend the Massachusetts Constitution to Implement a Graduated Income TaxRepresenting the Foundation on the Tax Fairness Commission, President Michael J. Widmer voted against the proposal to implement a graduated income tax in Massachusetts.
- January 7 2014The Foundation released its 43rd annual report on municipal finances concluding that despite a modest rebound in revenues, municipalities find themselves in a long-term budget squeeze because the costs for pensions, employee and retiree health care, and debt service are rising faster than revenues.
- December 11 2013
Tax revenues will grow by $1.1 billion, or 4.7 percent, to $24.37 billion in fiscal 2015, continuing the trend of modest growth yet still below that of previous economic recoveries, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“Despite an improving economic picture, the 2015 budget will challenge lawmakers once again,” Widmer said.
- October 31 2013Testimony of Michael J. Widmer President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Before the Joint Committee on Public ServiceThe Foundation testified on the enormous $46 billion in unfunded retiree health care liabilities facing Massachusetts state and municipal governments.