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10% of Massachusetts residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Massachusetts residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 10 percent of the state’s population, the 13th lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Massachusetts offers 98 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Massachusetts number 98, the 10th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Massachusetts schools get 57.3% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

More than 57 percent of Massachusetts public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the fourth highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Massachusetts reach $10 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Massachusetts amount to $10 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the eighth highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Massachusetts averaged $80,357

Teachers’ salaries in Massachusetts averaged $80,357 for the 2017-2018 school year, the third highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Massachusetts reach $7.2 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Massachusetts amount to $7.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the ninth highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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.

BURNS & LEVINSON LLP: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave An Update

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has refined various administrative aspects of the program over the last few months by delaying the effective date, increasing the tax withholding amount, and now, changing the bonding requirements.

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