Publications

  • June 21 2017

    For the second straight year, budget conferees are working to finalize a budget for July 1st while grappling with how best to adjust the fundamental tax revenue assumption used to balance the budget. This brief examines the challenges budget conferees and the Administration face and how these challenges differ from their experience finalizing the FY 2017 budget.

  • June 12 2017

    At the next constitutional convention, legislators will vote on whether or not to approve the ballot initiative entitled “Massachusetts Income Tax for Education and Transportation Amendment” more commonly referred to as the millionaire’s tax. MTF has several serious concerns with this ballot initiative – a proposal that we see as not only unlikely to deliver on its promises, but also posing a serious threat to the fiscal stability and economic well-being of the Commonwealth.

  • June 5 2017
    As you begin your deliberations, we respectfully request that you omit, in Section 1B, line-item 0710-0002 and Section 15 of Senate bill 2076, which would establish and fund of a tax expenditure review commission under the control of the State Auditor. As organizations that represent thousands of Massachusetts taxpayers, we strongly oppose this proposal.
  • May 26 2017
    The Senate finalized its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget yesterday after three days of debate. Through the amendment process, the Senate added $52.2 million in new spending and added 150 policy sections to the spending plan released from the Senate Committee on Ways and Means last week.
  • May 16 2017
    The Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released a $45.13 billion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018 today. This brief provides the Foundation’s initial analysis of major spending and policy provisions in this budget plan.
  • May 15 2017
    The next step in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget process is the release of the Senate Ways and Means (SWM) budget on Tuesday, May 16th. This brief provides five major questions that the SWM spending plan will have to address.
  • April 27 2017
    This week, the House deliberated on its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, completing debate and dispensing with over 1200 amendments in just two days. The House added $77.7 million in new spending to the original House Ways and Means (HWM) budget plan as well as 79 policy sections.
  • April 10 2017
    Today, the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) released a $45.05 billion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018. This brief provides initial analysis of major spending and policy provisions in the budget plan.
  • April 7 2017
    The House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) will release its spending plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 next week. The bill will reflect the House’s spending and policy priorities, which could closely mirror or significantly differ from Governor Baker’s proposal. This brief highlights five issues in the HWM budget that deserve close attention.