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- March 13 2015
The FY 2016 budget has been hampered by a large structural gap that is the result of $1.2 billion in one-time funds used in FY 2015 and $1.5 billion in spending growth for non-discretionary accounts. That $2.7 billion total shortfall is offset by tax revenue growth of $872 million, leaving a $1.8 billion deficit.
- January 22 2015
Tax revenues will grow by $1.1 billion, or 4.5 percent, to $25.5 billion in fiscal 2016, continuing the trend of modest growth yet still below that of previous economic recoveries, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“It’s alarming that even with employment gains and a healthier economic climate, the state faces a monumental budget shortfall in fiscal 2015 and substantial challenges in 2016,” Bagley said.
- January 7 2014The Foundation released its 43rd annual report on municipal finances concluding that despite a modest rebound in revenues, municipalities find themselves in a long-term budget squeeze because the costs for pensions, employee and retiree health care, and debt service are rising faster than revenues.
- December 11 2013
Tax revenues will grow by $1.1 billion, or 4.7 percent, to $24.37 billion in fiscal 2015, continuing the trend of modest growth yet still below that of previous economic recoveries, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“Despite an improving economic picture, the 2015 budget will challenge lawmakers once again,” Widmer said.
- September 26 2013The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation applauds the Legislature for its vote to repeal the sales tax on computer and software services. This was a difficult but important vote, and the Foundation commends legislators for their quick action to repeal the tax and to make the repeal retroactive.
- September 9 2013
The Foundation’s comprehensive 50-state analysis shows that the recently enacted software services tax is the most burdensome in the nation. The Excel file allows users to compare Massachusetts to 49 other states on the tax treatment of 11 different categories of computer and software services.