Publications

  • April 28 2016
    This week, the House completed its debate of the FY 2017 budget. Over the course of three days, the House added $59.5 million in new budget spending and 91 new policy sections to the budget plan released from the House Ways and Means Committee (HWM) earlier in the Month.
  • April 14 2016

    When measured against three key metrics of a fiscally responsible spending plan, the House Ways and Means (HWM) budget get good grades. Similar to the Governor’s budget in several key respects, the HWM budget spends $70 million less.

  • April 12 2016
    The House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) is expected to release its budget on Wednesday, April 13th. This brief poses three important questions to consider when assessing how this proposal would impact the long-term fiscal health of Commonwealth. This brief also identifies several of the Governor’s budget proposals that could be adopted by HWM to help balance the budget
  • April 11 2016

    MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, makes up 39 percent of spending in Governor Baker’s FY 2017 budget proposal – by far the single largest area of spending. This brief examines MassHealth spending in the Governor’s budget, strategies employed to control cost and other notable elements of his proposal.

  • March 8 2016

    Last fall, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a Stabilization Fund report that drew attention to the risks the state runs by failing to rebuild “rainy day” reserves during times of economic recovery. This companion brief explores how reliance on capital gains tax revenues in the operating budget both increases the dangers posed by a fiscal crisis and weakens our ability to respond to one.

  • March 7 2016

    Today’s fare hike vote by the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) illustrates why creation of the Board was so critical to the T’s turnaround and why the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation supports the steps the FMCB has taken to date. Bold action is necessary to fix the T. This temporary SWAT team is essential for the T to make the difficult choices needed to control its operating budget and direct these savings to capital investments.

  • January 27 2016
    Today, Governor Baker released his FY 2017 budget recommendations. His House 2 proposal recommends $39.55 billion in line item spending, an increase of $1.22 billion (3.2%) over FY 2016 projected spending. Of this $1.22 billion increase, $739.3 million goes to support increases in MassHealth.
  • January 14 2016
    Today, the Executive Office of Administration & Finance (ANF) and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means announced that the FY 2017 state budget will be built on $26.860 billion in tax revenues. This consensus figure, which assumes 4.3% growth over an updated FY 2016 tax benchmark of $25.751 billion, is the first milestone in the FY 2017 budget process.