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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: 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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Beacon Hill Institute Weekly Dispatch: 33% believe Fidelity move was due to Massachusetts taxes

Editor’s note: The cross-tabs for this poll question can be found here. (BOSTON) – A plurality of Massachusetts registered voters believes that Fidelity’s recent decision to move approximately 1,000 jobs out of the Bay State was based on the Commonwealth’s high business taxes according to a poll prepared for the Beacon Hill Institute and released today.  Thirty-three percent (33%)…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch on RMG: Government workers see increase in purchasing power

The following analysis is from the forthcoming issue of the Beacon Hill Institute's Economic Indicators a quarterly briefing on the state's economy. Across the United States, real average earnings rose 1.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, from December 2009 to December 2010. In Massachusetts, across all sectors, real salaries wages rose 3.9 percent roughly double the national figure. Real salary and wages…

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BHI: Survey shows consumers willing to pay modest amount for renewable energy

BOSTON Seventy-six percent (76%) of Massachusetts voters are willing to pay at least 1% or more for electricity generated by renewable energy according to a poll conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center for the Beacon Hill Institute’s Economic Indicators project. Eighteen percent (18%) said they would not pay any more for such electricity, with 7% undecided. However, just…

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