Publications

  • July 18 2018
    Today, the House and Senate released the fiscal (FY) 2019 budget conference report, which will now go to Governor Baker for his review. The $41.88 billion budget reconciles the House and Senate spending plans eighteen days after the start of the new fiscal year.
  • June 26 2018

    Fiscal year (FY) 2019 begins on July 1st and budget conferees in both the House and Senate are working to complete their compromise budget in time for the start of the year. This brief outlines several of the issues that are being negotiated and examines challenges that complicate resolution.

  • June 20 2018
    The Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Foundation received a grant to create a report that will quantify the negative economic impact of the opioid epidemic on the Massachusetts economy. The report will produce needed information on the cost of the epidemic to employers and employees, the health care system, and state and municipal budgets.
  • June 19 2018
    Fiscal year (FY) 2018 ends in less than a month and final action to officially close out the year will likely occur before legislative session ends at the end of July. For the first time in several years, the year will end with tax revenues that significantly exceed expectations.
  • June 18 2018

    “Today is a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers because the court has upheld the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process. By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices.“

  • May 30 2018

    Twenty prominent Massachusetts business organizations representing thousands of employers today announced an initiative to save $100 million in health care costs by reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments. The newly formed Massachusetts Employer-Led Coalition to Reduce Health Care Costs will work with doctors, hospitals, and health insurers to reduce inappropriate use of emergency departments by 20 percent in two years.

  • May 25 2018

    The Senate has concluded its FY 2019 budget debate. Over three days, the Senate considered 1,196 amendments, adding $75.5 million in new spending and 125 policy sections to the original Senate Ways and Means (SWM) proposal. The final Senate budget includes $46.02 million in total spending, $21.6 less than the final House budget.

  • May 10 2018
    The Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) released its $45.95 billion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019 today. This brief provides an overview of the major policy and spending provisions proposed by SWM and compares it with the FY 2019 plans put forward by the Administration and the House. The SWM budget will be debated by the full Senate the week of May 21st.
  • May 8 2018
    The Senate Committee on Ways and Means will release its budget recommendations this week. To preview some of the most important issues that budget will address, MTF is revisiting ten key budget and policy questions that will impact the FY 2019 budget.