For over a decade, Massachusetts has been in an ongoing budget crisis. Year after year, when the economy is good and when the economy is bad, our Governor and our legislature struggle to balance the state budget. Despite a decade of dramatic spending cuts, there remains each and every year a stubborn gap between the revenues we take in and the cost of the services we provide. Why is this? What is causing this persistent, frustrating problem?

The slide show below, developed by MassBudget, explains precisely how we got into this mess, and understanding what caused the problem is critical to figuring out how to correct it. We encourage you to take a look at this great slide show. It's straightforward, simple, and brief. When you're done, we ask you to sign our petition calling for tax reform that raises substantial new revenues for our communities.


The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, that affect low- and moderate-income people in Massachusetts.