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Massachusetts ranks 36th in annual tax climate ranking

Massachusetts finished 36th in a new study by the Tax Foundation showing which states are best at structuring their tax systems

Medical school chancellor is highest-paid public employee in Massachusetts

Michael Collins, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, earned $1.1 million in 2018, making Collins the highest-paid public employee in Massachusetts last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Massachusetts to reach $18.2 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Massachusetts arts agencies are projected to reach $18.2 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to $2.63 per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Massachusetts levies a total tax on lodging of 5.7%

Hotel room bills in Massachusetts tack on a total state lodging tax of 5.7 percent, the 33rd highest lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

No counties in Massachusetts are now 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

No counties in the state are now under a Second Amendment sanctuary law or ordinance, according to updates from the website and media reports.

7,081 borrowers in Massachusetts filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Massachusetts who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 7,081, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$3 billion in federal research dollars flowed to Massachusetts in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Massachusetts totaled $3 billion in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

Massachusetts received $21.6 million in public broadcasting funds last year

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocated $21,558,469 in fiscal-year 2018 to support public television and radio in Massachusetts, the fifth highest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, CPB reported.

Massachusetts 2-year college students pay $6,300 in tuition and fees

Massachusetts two-year colleges charged students $6,300 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the fourth highest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

9 U.S. House members from Massachusetts make $174,000 annually

Each of the nine U.S. House of Representatives members representing Massachusetts draws an annual salary of $174,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Massachusetts 4-year university tuitions jumped 43.2% over 15 years

Massachusetts four-year public university tuition and fees went from $9,529 in 2004-05 to $13,641 in 2019-20, the 36th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

Massachusetts legislators make base salary of $66,257 per year

State lawmakers in Massachusetts now draw a base salary of $66,257 per year, in addition to travel stipends based on distance, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Massachusetts community college tuitions jumped 44.5% over 15 years

Massachusetts two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $4,553 in 2004-05 to $6,580 in 2019-20, the 24th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Massachusetts governor makes annual salary of $195,970

The governor of Massachusetts now draws a yearly salary of $195,970, the third highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Massachusetts K-12 schools spent $19.3 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Massachusetts spent an estimated $19.3 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 4 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Massachusetts children in foster care numbered 10,612 last year

Add Teaser hereaThe number of youths in foster care in Massachusetts at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 10,612, a 2.8 percent decrease over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Massachusetts is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

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