June 28, 2019
DID YOU KNOW: Income Inequality in MA
  • The Top 1% of families take home 23% of all the income in MA.
  • The Top 1% of families make roughly 30 times as much as the bottom 99%
  • MA is as unequal now as it was at the height of the Roaring 20's.
  • 10% Poverty Rate and 14% Child Poverty Rate in MA according to the Federal Poverty Line. If you include those that are "near poor" (up to twice the Federal Poverty Rate): 22% "Near Poor" and 27% Children "Near Poor" in MA

Watch our webinar featuring report author, Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Director, MassBudget.
POLICY MATTERS: Creating Opportunity 
The state support and funding for policies and programs that create opportunity is critical.  We are advocating for policies that strengthen families, bridge the wage gap, create economic opportunity, and strengthen the human services infrastructure - all of which reduce inequality.

We thank both the House and the Senate for their hard work in the FY20 budget process and the inclusion of so many important resources.  We hope to see the following essential line items in your final conference report.


Bridging the Wage Gap
  • Increase Resources for Free Tax Prep for Low-Income Wage Earners through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Sites (1201-0100) - We thank the Senate for including $200,000 in 1201-0100.
Strengthening Families through Affordable & Accessible Early Education and Care
  • Increase Child Care Resource Referral Access Management in Early
    Education Program (3000-2000) - We thank the Senate for including $10.1M.
  • Increase resources for Early Educators Salaries (3000-1042) - We thank the House of Representatives for including $20M.
  • Increase resources for HeadStart (3000-5000) - We thank both House and Senate for including in budget.  We ask for support of the Senate allocation of $12M.
Creating a Foundation for Economic Opportunity
  • Support Services for Unaccompanied Youth Housing and Wraparound Services (4000-0007) - We thank both House and Senate for including in budget.  We ask for support of the Senate allocation of $5M.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Early Education & Care Changes Lives
Thanks to the help of Early HeadStart (EHS) program at Lynn Economic Opportunity Inc. (LEO), Ruth received not only the support of her teachers, but also of a Family Service Worker and a Health Advocate.  With this team in conjunction with her mother, Maria, she was able to get to a new doctor and figure out that she was gluten and oat intolerant.  With diet change at home and at school, now Ruth is happy and feeling good.  Her attendance has improved and she is thriving.  Her mother, Maria, has gotten more involved and now works in the program.
We urge you to support the FY20 priorities so that together we can move forward on the road to opportunity.  Visit our Public Policy Priorities page for more information.

Check out our Comprehensive Job Readiness Curriculum Guide. Now an Open Source Document!

Our Mission
To strengthen and connect the statewide network of Community Action Agencies and collectively advocate for an end to poverty.

Our Vision
All MA residents will be able to meet their basic needs, access economic opportunities, build strong communities and move toward prosperity...

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