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Chicopee School officials call for budget freeze to save for next year

Jan 26 2017

By Jeanette DeForge, MassLive

In this year's state budget, Chapter 70 aid rose by more than $116 million, or 2.6 percent, and unrestricted aid by $42 million, or 4.3 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, according to State House News Service.
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Governor announces plan to boost aid for schools

Jan 20 2017

By Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Globe

This year’s state spending plan included more than $4.6 billion for public schools, a boost of more than $116 million or 2.6 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The aid is also known as Chapter 70 funds.
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L'Italien blasts Baker for $100K cut for downtown planning

Dec 15 2016

The Andover Townsman

The net savings from Baker's cuts to earmarks totaled $53 million because of revenue loss associated with some cuts, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis.
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Town officials seek to curb costs in 2016

Dec 18 2015

By Kathryn O’Brien, Tr-Town Transcript

The Massachusetts taxpayers foundation recommends that the only way to lower costs is “to lower our head count,” said Alan Benson. “That’s the only way to get ahead of this. Decreases salaries, OPEB and pension, says the Taxpayers Foundation
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Massachusetts Municipal Revenue Growth Lags

Dec 8 2015

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC Public Radio

A new report finds that even as the overall economy improves, cities and towns in Massachusetts are feeling a financial pinch. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released its 45th annual municipal finance report.
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Local tax revenues slow to rise

Dec 6 2015

AP / The Boston Globe

A new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that even as the overall economy improves, the state’s cities and towns are still feeling plenty of financial strain. Municipal revenues grew by a modest 3.8 percent in the last fiscal year, a figure that remains below historical averages prior to the recent recession. Wages for municipal employees grew by 3.7 percent last year, a rate higher than the average for private sector workers in Massachusetts. Municipalities collected a total of $14.6 billion in property taxes last year, an increase of 4.1 percent and the largest year-over-year increase since 2010, according to the report.
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Report: Cities and towns still feeling financial pinch

Dec 6 2015

AP / The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released its annual municipal financial report this week, saying municipal revenues grew by a modest 3.8 percent in the last fiscal year, a figure that remains below historical averages prior to the Great Recession. According to the report, wages for municipal employees grew by 3.7 percent last year, a rate higher than the average for private sector workers in Massachusetts.
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Editorial: Local tax take soars but is still not enough

Dec 3 2015

The Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Municipalities claim their revenue growth is insufficient to keep up with "fixed cost" increases. The MTF report says Bay State cities and towns are "stuck in an era of modest rebound" as the revenue increase remains below the benchmark of 5.2 percent annual revenue growth recorded between 1982 and 2009. "The pursuit of the 5.2 percent average annual revenue growth we witnessed between 1982 and 2009 continues to become more unattainable in the short term," MTF President Eileen McAnneny said in a statement reported by the State House News Service.
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Property tax revenues grow, but communities still need more money

Dec 2 2015

By David McKay, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recently came out with a report saying that the states, cities, and towns are stuck in an era of modest rebound. Yet the average salary of a municipal worker has grown as has the workforce. At the same time cities and towns face a collective $45 billion in unfunded pension and retiree health care liabilities, which is affecting spending decisions. The report says that the reliance on property taxes is signaling that municipal budgets must start to align with a slower growth rate.
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Massachusetts property tax revenue rises 4.1 percent, most in five years

Dec 1 2015

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Enterprise

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in its annual municipal financial data report that Bay State cities and towns are "stuck in an era of modest rebound." Overall, total municipal revenues grew by 3.8 percent. "The pursuit of the 5.2 percent average annual revenue growth we witnessed between 1982 and 2009 continues to become more unattainable in the short term," MTF President Eileen McAnneny said in a statement.
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