Publications

  • December 10 2017
    Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit to exclude from the 2018 ballot an initiative petition that threatens to undermine our representative system of government and our separation of powers, and the long-standing consensus that the Legislature must maintain ultimate control over public finances. Petition No. 15-17 (the “Challenged Initiative”) would amend the Constitution to mandate a 4% surtax on all incomes above a specified level, with the revenue collected earmarked “only” for education and transportation spending. The Initiative is truly radical: Our Constitution never has mandated that a specific tax be imposed – let alone that a specific tax rate be collected – and, in the century since Article 48 introduced the initiative petition process, the Court repeatedly has affirmed that initiative petitions cannot be used to embed spending earmarks in the Constitution.
  • November 16 2017
    Legislators are contemplating legislation designed to reduce cost in the state’s MassHealth program and in the health care industry more generally. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation believes that meaningful legislation in this area is vital to the state budget as well as the overall economy and is on record supporting a host of reforms designed to bring down cost.
  • November 13 2017
    We write today as a coalition of business groups and professional organizations to voice our concern over M.G.L. c. 149 s. 148B as it relates to the classification of independent contractors and respectfully request your support of Senate Bill 1043, An Act to Enhance Employment Opportunities, filed by Senator Michael Rodrigues.
  • 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.