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- May 31 2016Late last week the Senate completed its FY 2017 budget process. During three days of debate, the Senate added $61.4 million in new spending and 181 new policy sections to the budget proposal submitted by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM). The next stop in the process is the appointment of a conference committee to resolve the differences.
- May 17 2016The Senate Ways and Means budget fares well when compared with the three fiscal criteria set out by the Foundation to analyze the FY 2017 budget. Sharing the fiscal approach adopted by the House and the Governor, this spending plan proposes restrained spending growth and no new revenue initiatives.
- April 28 2016This 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 2016The 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.