The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates under 1,000 students annually would be affected by the legislation. They also say the state would gain rather than lose money because the bill would encourage students to attend school who would otherwise be unable to afford it.
A 2011 Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report estimated that 40 percent of Massachusetts' 910 undocumented high school seniors, an annual 315 to 365 students, would attend college if allowed to pay in-state rates. This would add $1.8 million to $2.1 million in tuition revenue the first year. Over four years, it would add $6.4 million to $7.4 million.
In transportation, Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s ambitious transportation plans appear to have stalled in the state legislature, said Michael Widmer, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. But he does expect a compromise now brewing in the statehouse to yield $700 million to $800 million in transportation funding a year once the plan ramps-up fully in 2018.