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2017-2018 pay for starting teachers in Massachusetts averaged $45,498

A beginning teacher’s salary in Massachusetts averaged $45,498 for the 2017-2018 school year, the eighth highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

Massachusetts’s public pensions are 57.7 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Massachusetts’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 57.7 percent of the total, the eighth lowest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Massachusetts reach $27.5 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Massachusetts amount to $27.5 billion, the 10th highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Springfield’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Massachusetts

The Springfield metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Massachusetts, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Massachusetts earns grade of C for manufacturing health

Massachusetts received a grade of C on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Nantucket County’s $4,158-per-month cost of living is the highest in Massachusetts

Residents of Nantucket County need to make $4,158 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts’s public pensions are 57.9% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Massachusetts’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 57.9 percent of the total, the 10th lowest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Massachusetts disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Massachusetts is $31,319, study finds

College graduates in Massachusetts have an average debt burden of $31,319, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 32.7% of total state, local levies in Massachusetts, study finds

State income tax revenues in Massachusetts represent 32.7 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Massachusetts scores 69.6 out of 100 in litigation climate survey

Massachusetts earned a score of 69.6 out of 100 in a new ranking of state litigation climates released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Massachusetts ranks 35th lowest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Massachusetts finished 35th lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Massachusetts pension plans are 60% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Massachusetts public pension plans stands at 60%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Hampden rated least livable among Massachusetts counties, study finds

Hampden was ranked Massachusetts’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Massachusetts ranks 36th highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Massachusetts ranked 36th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$584,022 in annual income gets you into Massachusetts’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $584,022 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Massachusetts, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Massachusetts ranks 33rd highest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Massachusetts ranked in a tie for 33rd in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Massachusetts ranks 35th highest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Massachusetts ranked 35th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Massachusetts ranks 44th highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Massachusetts ranked 44th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Massachusetts has 28th highest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds

Massachusetts finished in a tie for 28th in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

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