July 16, 2019

CommonWealth: Before the T Derailed, its Funding Got on the Wrong Track

ITEP Work in Action

Overall, funding for the Commonwealth during the last two decades has relied increasingly on sales taxes and regressive user fees, while cutting income tax rates. As a result, we have an upside-down tax system. Effectively, these taxes and fees make lower-income Massachusetts residents pay a higher percentage (10 percent) of their income in state and local taxes than residents with the highest incomes (6.8 percent).

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