Publications

  • November 7 2019
    We are a group of leaders across major sectors of the Commonwealth – business, industry, municipalities, and non-profits. Together, we call on us all – elected officials, leaders across sectors, residents – to act now to transform our transportation system into one we need and deserve.
  • October 31 2019
    Given the recent attention to the issue of whether Massachusetts should decouple from Internal Revenue Code Section 163(j), the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) has assembled a brief primer on the issue explaining what the provision does, why it is necessary, likely impacts, and cost implications.
  • October 16 2019
    Though the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 ended June 30th, decisionmakers must make several important choices before the final accounting of the state’s finances for the year can be completed. Most importantly, lawmakers will determine how to allocate the year-end budget surplus, which revised MTF calculations now estimate at approximately $870 million.
  • October 7 2019
    The Baker Administration filed an $18 billion, five-year transportation bond bill on July 25th for consideration by the legislature later in this legislative session. H.4002, An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment, requests the authority to sell bonds to borrow money to fund the Commonwealth’s capital budget.
  • September 30 2019

    Though the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2019 ended June 30th, decisionmakers must make several important decisions before the final accounting of the state’s finances for the year can be completed. Most importantly, lawmakers will determine how to allocate the year-end budget surplus, which MTF calculates at approximately $767 million.

  • September 11 2019
    I am writing today in support of House Bill 2446: An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Code. While the Foundation believes that the Massachusetts estate tax should mirror the federal estate tax, this bill would more closely align the Massachusetts estate tax with federal law, and is a reasonable initial step to ensure that the Commonwealth is not an outlier among its peer states.
  • September 4 2019
    The thirty-one Massachusetts organizations signing this letter collectively support the July 30 Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee’s unanimous approval of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).
  • August 14 2019
    On behalf of the numerous businesses represented by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, I write to respectfully request that you report H.2606 – An Act Allowing for the Deduction of Business Interest – favorably from Committee at your earliest convenience.
  • August 8 2019
    The Commonwealth Stabilization Fund, the state’s “rainy day” fund, is a critical component of the Commonwealth’s financial structure. For example, amid the Great Recession in fiscal 2009, budgeted tax revenue plummeted by nearly $2.7 billion compared to fiscal 2008.