- April 13 2012
Massachusetts has achieved near universal health care coverage with only modest additional costs to state taxpayers, according to a new study released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF).
The report, Massachusetts Health Reform Spending, 2006-2011: An Update on the “Budget Buster” Myth, found that state spending directly attributable to the health reform law grew from $1.04 billion in fiscal 2006 to $1.95 billion in fiscal 2011. The state’s share after accounting for federal reimbursements was $453 million, which equates to only 1.4 percent of the state’s $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011.
- March 19 2012Massachusetts cities and towns have reached nearly $80 million in first-year savings from municipal health care reform and are on pace to exceed by far the initial estimate of $100 million, according to the most recent data compiled by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
- February 8 2012Massachusetts cities and towns are on pace to exceed by far the initial estimate of $100 million in first-year savings under the new municipal health care reform law, according to data compiled by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
- January 13 2012
The average single family homeowner in 10 of the state’s most economically vulnerable cities would need to pay an astonishing $13,685 today or absorb a crippling 20 percent property tax hike over the next 30 years to subsidize billions in unfunded retiree health care liabilities, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
- December 12 2011
Fiscal 2013 tax revenues will grow by $822 million, or 3.9 percent, to $22 billion, less than half the rate of expansion in fiscal 2011, according to a new forecast released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
“The small growth in tax revenues will put great strains on the fiscal 2013 budget with increases in nondiscretionary spending outpacing the additional revenues available,” Widmer said.
- December 7 2011
Massachusetts cities and towns endured the most difficult two-year period in the Proposition 2 ½ era in fiscal 2010 and 2011 with property taxes rising to their highest share of local spending in 30 years, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation’s 41st annual Municipal Financial Data report.
- September 14 2011In a presentation to PERAC's Emerging Issues Forum and a letter to state senators, the Foundation highlights the urgency of passing legislation to reform the pension system for state and municipal employees.
- July 23 2011
In their zeal to control health care costs, state lawmakers run the risk of causing serious damage to the health care sector, arguably the most important segment of the Massachusetts economy and certainly the most notable exception to the state’s dreadful job record over the past decade.
- 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.
- June 14 2011
Dozens of communities across the state would lose the benefits of municipal health care reform under the Senate’s provision requiring that municipal contributions for retirees be the same as for active employees, according to a preliminary analysis by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The Foundation has identified 50 municipalities and regional school districts that would be impacted, with that number likely to be as high as 100 when all communities have been analyzed.