Taxes and Budget Issues

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

Sullivan of Pioneer Institute vs. Young of Stanford

A new report from the Pioneer Institute is raising alarms about the proposed millionaire tax by questioning the research of an academic who has claimed that higher taxes on the rich do not prompt large numbers of them to move out of state. The report, written by Pioneer’s research director, Greg Sullivan, takes to task(...)

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Eight responses about millionaire migration

A reply to report by Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan

A MASSACHUSETTS-BASED FREE MARKET THINK TANK, the Pioneer Institute, produced a paper titled Eight Reasons to Question Professor Cristobal Young’s Conclusions about Millionaire Migration. I welcome the critical reflection on my work. Indeed, scholarly research is always subjected to interrogation and criticism during the publication review process, and there is no reason this should cease(...)

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Making book on Beacon Hill

Making book on Beacon Hill

Supreme Court ruling on sports betting ban opens door for state to cash in

MONDAY’S RULING FROM the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opened the door to the possibility of a further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts, a topic Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to talk about with legislative leaders Monday afternoon. The decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which the(...)

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Eat, play, live

Eat, play, live

Fund afterschool programs for healthy lifestyles

OVER THE NEXT several weeks, funding for afterschool care will be among hundreds of line items considered as the Massachusetts Legislature hammers out the FY 2019 state budget. With the House recently completing debate on the budget, all eyes turn toward the Senate as it starts its own budget review and debate process. This is(...)

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Walsh takes concrete step to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Walsh takes concrete step to rebuild Long Island Bridge

Quincy officials say they are unmoved by plans to minimize construction traffic

BOSTON OFFICIALS SAY they intend to go full speed ahead with rebuilding Long Island Bridge as a path to an addiction recovery center on the harbor island and claim their approach to construction will minimize heavy traffic through Quincy’s streets and mitigate that city’s concerns over public safety. Chris Osgood, Boston’s chief of streets, said(...)

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Taxpayers clean up Big Pharma’s mess

Taxpayers clean up Big Pharma’s mess

States must take action to force manufacturers to pay for disposal of unused drugs

LAST YEAR, the United States saw a 13 percent increase in drug overdose deaths, from an estimated 60,147 lives lost in 2016, to an estimated 67,944 in 2017. For perspective, that is enough to completely fill Gillette Stadium, with an overflow of 2,066 individuals. Here in Massachusetts, we experienced a slight decrease in opioid related(...)

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Lawmakers up funding for regional transit authorities

Lawmakers up funding for regional transit authorities

House, Senate seem willing to increase budgets

DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION, lawmakers on Beacon Hill funneled more money on Thursday to the state’s 15 regional transit authorities, which provide bus service in communities outside the MBTA service area. The House approved an amendment to its fiscal 2019 budget plan that increased funding for the authorities by $2 million – from(...)

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Tax that dirty water

Tax that dirty water

Communities impose new stormwater fees to deal with pollution

LISA MURPHY DOESN’T have any control over how much rain or snow falls on her property in Milton, but she is nevertheless being charged a special fee for stormwater runoff. The fee is calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on her property—her paved driveway and patio as well as the footprint of her(...)

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Congress (surprise!) leads way on financial aid

Congress (surprise!) leads way on financial aid

State needs to step up higher ed funding in upcoming budget

THE SPENDING BILL passed by Congress finally recognizes what educators, students, and business leaders have been saying for years: Without a robust and affordable higher education system, we will not be able to succeed in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. This bill should serve as a model for Massachusetts legislators as they prepare their own(...)

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Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Lodging industry pans bill as a gift to Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE has passed its bill for short-term-rentals, a stripped-down version of the House measure that simplifies the tax on hosts and eliminates any tiered structure so that people offering a single room in their home are treated the same as the investor with scores of units for rent. The Senate bill, passed on(...)

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