Author Archives: Beacon Hill Institute

The Beacon Hill Institute engages in rigorous economic research and conducts educational programs for the purpose of producing and disseminating readable analyses of current public policy issues to voters, taxpayers, opinion leaders and policy makers.

Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: Cutting education dollars will not affect student scores

As hard as it may be to believe and, in turn, to convince most voters, the surge in spending on education in Massachusetts is not responsible for its noted student performance. Thus, facing tight budgets and the expiration of federal stimulus dollars and rising health care costs, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could cut more than a billion dollars from education…

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Beacon Hill Institute’s Weekly Dispatch: The Problem with Project Labor Agreements and More

This morning Beacon Hill Institute Executive Director David G. Tuerck testified on the  Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 735) now under consideration before the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives. I would like to offer my strong support of this measure, subject to just one…

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BHI’s Weekly Dispatch: Injecting the truth about higher taxes into the conversation

A tax package proposed this week by several progressive Democrats that would raise the PIT to 5.95% from 5.3%

would destroy almost 15,000 private sector jobs in Massachusetts while adding 2,600 public sector employees. This is the finding of a preliminary analysis of the tax package by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. Using its trademark State Tax Analysis

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Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: TELs are still foretelling; Estimate of MA GSP

In its appeal to restore funding for its favored programs the Massachusetts Audubon Society this week cited last year’s report from the Beacon Hill Institute that — among many observations  —  noted the state’s lower-than-national-average spending on recreation and parks. In an email to its supporters, the Audubon Society said, “According to a Beacon Hill Institute Report, we spend less…

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Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: Public Choice Explains Budget Addiction; & Other News

Congress and the President are congratulating themselves on cutting $38 billion from the upcoming federal budget. That’s an infinitesimal amount given the nation’s unsustainable budget deficit. Taking a page from Public Choice Economics, BHI Senior Economist Ben Powell (who teaches the topic at Suffolk University) explains how hard it is to cut even that much from the budget in…

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Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: Regarding corporate taxes, broaden the base, lower the rate

A basic principle of sound tax policy requires a tax levy with both a broad base (that is to say no or few deductions and exemptions) and the lowest rate possible (so as not to diminish incentives for individuals and companies to work, save and invest). With its myriad economic development agencies and varied targeted tax breaks, Massachusetts comes nowhere…

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