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- June 30 2015A college degree unequivocally increases earnings, and with income inequality at the forefront of state and national policy debates, it is important for the state to consider policies that encourage all Massachusetts residents to save for college. Recognizing the importance of saving for college, 33 of the 41 states with a personal income tax allow a deduction for contributions to 529 plans.
- May 19 2015The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s proposals on health care and special education costs. There is clear agreement that the growth in health care costs since 1993 rapidly outpaced the growth in inflation and, as a result, health care costs are cannibalizing funding for other critical educational needs.
- July 18 2011In an update to the Foundation’s 2006 analysis, the Foundation estimates that allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state institutions of higher education would result in between approximately $1.8 million and $2.1 million in new revenues.
- January 2006The state's public colleges would gain millions of dollars in new revenue if undocumented immigrants were allowed to attend these schools at in-state tuition rates, according to an analysis released today by the Foundation.
- June 2004The University of Massachusetts: Removing Barriers to Educational Excellence at the State's Public Research UniversityIn a major report released today, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation called on state leaders to remove a series of financial and bureaucratic obstacles to educational excellence at the University of Massachusetts.
- November 2003In a striking outcome of the deliberations on this year's budget, the state in 2004 will for the first time in decades spend more on prisons and jails than on public higher education. While this change in budgetary priorities has occurred during a severe fiscal crisis, it reflects trends in state funding for these two crucial, albeit very different, programs that stretch back for many years.
- October 2001Legislative Testimony: Citing the recommendations of the Foundation's joint study with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, MTF President Michael J. Widmer testified before the Human Services Committee to fully incorporate education and training into the work requirement for welfare recipients. Mr.