Harvard School of Public Health has introduced its new website, www.diversitydata.org, which provides detailed summaries and comparative data for America's metropolitan areas on issues related to race/ethnicity and quality of life.
U-Mass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies, Far from the Commonwealth: A Report on Low-Income Asian Americans in Massachusetts (01/07) (pdf): Highlights low-income Asian Americans in Massachusetts. Many Asian American sub-groups have higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower levels of educational attainment than other racial/ethnic groups.
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Property Taxes in Massachusetts: Trends and Options (01/07) (pdf): Reports that property taxes have increased as a proportion of personal income over the last five years, and it has hit moderate- and middle-income households harder than higher-income households. Report provides options for alleviating the problem.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Measuring Disparities in Non-School Costs and Revenue Capacity among Massachusetts Cities and Towns (12/06) (pdf): In a new approach to the formula for State aid to cities and towns, this report take a look at the ability of municipalities to raise additional funds.
U-Mass Boston McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, Transformation and Taking Stock: A Summary of Selected Findings from the McCormack Graduate School of Diversity Survey (12/06) (pdf): Reports the results of a survey on race conditions in Massachusetts. Among its findings: African Americans and Latinos are more likely to state that conditions for minorities has not improved.
The Boston Globe, To the Polling Place, From Everywhere (11/06): This photo essay showcases the voting experiences of 8 immigrant Lynn households.
Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, State of Women: A County by County Report on Women and Girls in Massachusetts (11/06): Provides a county level analysis of the status of women in terms of demographics, income, poverty, education, health and political representation.
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Measuring Up: Taxes and Spending in Massachusetts--FY2004 Edition (11/06): Massachusetts ranks 32nd among the states in the share of personal income going to state and local government taxes, and 39th in terms of spending as a share of personal income. In terms of expenditures as a share of personal income, Massachusetts ranked 48th on wages and salaries for government workers, and on education.
National League of Cities, Research Brief on America's Cities: City Fiscal Conditions in 2006 (10/06): Reports that the fiscal condition of cities has stabilized, but are facing increased health and pension costs.
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Creating a Transparent Budget for Massachusetts (10/06): Outlines 18 recommendations that would make the budget and the budget process more user-friendly for citizens and advocates.
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, The Long-Term Mismatch Between Available Resources and Important State Priorities: A Five-Year Fiscal Analysis (9/06): Even with optimistic revenue projections, Massachusetts will need to level fund most programs in order to maintain budget integrity.
The Greater Boston Food Bank, Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts 2006 (3/06): discusses emergency food distribution in Eastern Massachusetts in 2005, assessing the demographics of those who use food aid, and drawing comp