Sixteen states lost population in 2020

FEBRUARY 1, 2021 | BALLOTPEDIA | by Scott Rasmussen

By Scott Rasmussen, includes “… On a percentage basis, the biggest increases were found in Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.”

Massachusetts legislators aren’t worried state budget is late

OCTOBER 26, 2020 | LOWELL SUN (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Chris Lisinski

Without revealing how the Legislature would respond to the revised annual spending plan Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled last week, Senate President Karen Spilka on Wednesday praised Beacon Hill’s decision to “hit pause” on the state budget process.

Charlie Baker’s budget: Sustainable path or one-time bailout?

OCTOBER 16, 2020 | LOWELL SUN (MASSACHUSETTS)

That’s what Gov. Charlie Baker seemed to say with his revised $45.5 billion fiscal 2021 state budget unveiled on Wednesday.

Thirty-nine states ill-prepared for coronavirus pandemic

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

The 2020 Financial State of the States report surveys the fiscal health of the 50 states prior to the coronavirus pandemic. This data is released today by Truth in Accounting (TIA), a think tank that analyzes government financial reporting.

State CPA society CEOs call for federal relief for state and local governments amid coronavirus

JULY 23, 2020 | ACCOUNTING TODAY | by Michael Cohn

Massachusetts Society of CPAs president and CEO Amy Pitter is spearheading a group of 28 state CPA society heads who have sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them to pass legislation to help state and local governments deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mass. Senate passes transportation debt bill, punts on how to pay for it

JULY 20, 2020 | STREETSBLOGMASS (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Christian MilNeil

The Senate has passed a significant new bond bill that would authorize over $17 billion in new debt to pay for major construction projects – but the new legislation would not generate new tax revenues that could pay for that debt, or support the state’s struggling transit agencies in their annual operating budgets.

State general revenue shortfall projections

JUNE 1, 2020 | by Bill Bergman, Sheila Weinberg

How large could the shortfall in state government general revenues be, amidst the coronavirus and related crises? 

State budget crisis looms in Maine as pandemic rages

APRIL 27, 2020 | PORTLAND PRESS HERALD (MAINE) | by Scott Thistle

The coronavirus pandemic is paving the way for a state budget crisis that will likely be deeper than any Maine has seen in decades.

Coronavirus-induced Massachusetts budget crisis could cause ‘human suffering’ without federal bailout

APRIL 15, 2020 | BOSTON HERALD | by Erin Tiernan

Economists delivered a “sobering” wake-up call to state budget writers Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of  revenues in free fall paired with an acute need for a social safety net as the coronavirus crisis rages on, warning it could lead to “human suffering” without a federal bailout.

Hurdles compound state budget challenges

APRIL 10, 2020 | THE DAILY NEWS (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Colin Young

In an alternate universe, Beacon Hill is anxiously waiting to see which direction the House will take when it rolls out its fiscal year 2021 budget next week and lawmakers are busy preparing hundreds of amendments for debate later this month.

Watchdogs warn of coronavirus pandemic impact on property tax

MARCH 31, 2020 | BOSTON HERALD | by Mary Markos

Government watchdogs are raising concerns about the impact the coronavirus shutdown could have on property taxes, with one sounding a call to re-open businesses as soon as possible, an approach medical experts say could undercut efforts to stop the virus spread.

Guess what happened yesterday in Taxachusetts

MARCH 6, 2020 | ECONOMIC POLICY JOURNAL | by Robert Wenzel

The Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a package of fee and tax hikes late Wednesday night.

State should put more money in rainy day fund, Massachusetts Treasurer says

FEBRUARY 26, 2020 | BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | by Colin Young

In recent years, buoyed by a strong stock market and surplus state revenues, Massachusetts financial managers have been able to sock away hundreds of millions of dollars into the state's Stabilization Fund. That account now stands at its highest-ever level.

Spilling the tea on pension payouts for MBTA early retirees

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 | BOSTON HERALD | by Howie Carr

Take a close look at the chart next to this and tell me you don’t wish you had gone to “work” for the MBTA right out of high school — so that you too could have retired with a full pension at age 41 just like all the cool kids did, and continue to do.

Public pension debt burden needs reboot

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 | BOSTON HERALD

There was a time when most working Americans could count on a pension from their employer to fund the bulk of their retirement years. But those went the way of the manual typewriter as cost-conscious companies nixed the plans, due to increasing retiree longevity, lower interest rates and the introduction of the 401(k). According to CNN, 4% of American workers have a private pension plan, down from 60% in the early 1980s.

County seeks to unload pension obligation

JANUARY 7, 2020 | CAPE COD TIMES (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Geoff Spillane

 The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office transferred from county to state control in 2010, but the regional government has been left holding the bag for its employee pensions for the past decade.

Where did the money go? Buyers of lucrative state tax credits remain secret

DECEMBER 2, 2019 | THE SALEM NEWS (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Paul Leighton

When Windover Development was converting a former box factory into veterans housing, the state and federal government awarded the company more than $2 million in tax credits through a program designed to encourage historic rehabilitation.

Boston ranked one of the best cities … or is it?

OCTOBER 17, 2019 | BOSTON PATCH | by Kate Brennan

Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) released its "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards" this week.

Three cost centers consume half of state budget

MAY 22, 2019 | WGBH NEWS (MASSACHUSETTS) | by Michael Norton, Katie Lannan

About half of the $42.7 billion Senate budget proposal is consumed by spending in just three areas — health care, pensions and debt service.

Doom and gloom over MBTA’s pension system is an overreaction

MARCH 4, 2019 | BOSTON GLOBE | by James O'Brien

Under current contribution levels, the retirement fund is forecast to be fully funded in 20 years. At that point, demand for funding from both workers and the MBTA should be half of what it is today.

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