Publications

  • October 17 2017
    Last week the House and Senate passed separate versions of the final supplemental budget necessary to close out fiscal year 2017. This brief assesses the final FY 2017 budget gap and looks at the strategies the Administration and the Legislature is relying on to end the year in balance.
  • October 12 2017
    I am writing today in support of House Bill 1510: 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, a great initial step to ensuring that the Commonwealth is not an outlier among its peer states.
  • September 27 2017

    In light of the many changes occurring in the transportation realm, the Foundation strongly urges the Commonwealth to reconsider and reshape its planning process for the years ahead. The TFC narrative that directed policy for a decade and drove vital changes to fix the state’s transportation system is no longer valid because the future challenges the state must confront are intrinsically different than those of a decade ago. This reality requires a new blueprint to address the many issues that have emerged since, or were not contemplated when, the TFC released its reports a decade ago.

  • August 15 2017

    The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Administration’s appointment of Luis Ramirez to become the next General Manager of the MBTA. MTF has voiced previously its concern about the absence of permanent leadership in an organization that needs a boost in talent and morale. Eileen McAnneny, MTF’s President, stated “Mr. Ramirez’s appointment is a terrific step forward in transforming the MBTA into the high-quality, customer-centric public transportation system that its riders deserve.”

  • July 27 2017
    The FixOurT Coalition supports the MBTA efforts to explore privatization of bus maintenance as a means to improve service and reduce a major cost component of its purchases.
  • July 18 2017
    Governor Baker signed the FY 2018 budget after vetoing $320.3 million in spending and striking or amending 34 policy sections. The Legislature now has until the end of formal sessions this year – likely in November – to override vetoes and finalize the FY 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
  • July 7 2017
    Today, the Legislature voted to enact a $40.2 billion budget for FY 2018. This year’s budget reconciliation process was hampered by several major challenges – most notably the need to reduce expected tax revenues from the amount used in both the House and Senate plans.
  • July 7 2017
    The undersigned employer groups, representing businesses from all sectors, of all sizes and from all parts of the Commonwealth oppose the final budget plan calling for a new health assessment on employers without significant reforms to manage the cost of health care.
  • 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.