Big Cadillac Tax Ahead for Massachusetts' Middle Class
A new Pioneer Institute brief estimates that the federal health care law's insurance excise tax provision, or "Cadillac tax," originally targeted at high-cost insurance plans, will affect well over 50% of Massachusetts employees. For a breakdown of the tens of thousands in projected additional costs for a small business employee, a police officer, and a teacher over the ten years after the tax goes into effect, visit our website or read the brief. You can also read this great Boston Herald editorial on the report.
Read Josh Archambault and Jim Stergios' op-ed in the MetroWest Daily News on on two examples - one good, one not so good - of big healthcare policy changes driven by the Bay State.
In education, be sure to check out Mary Z. Connaughton's new contribution to WBUR's Cognoscenti blog, "Hello Common Core, Goodbye Huck Finn."
Pioneer held a school choice event on Oct. 9th focusing on for-profit charter schools, with former Mass. Board of Education Chairman Jim Peyser, the MTA's Kathie Skinner, former superintendents Joe McCleary and Basan Nembirkow, and a great keynote speaker, noted author, James Tooley. This event highlighted the success of the SABIS charter school model in Springfield and Holyoke, and the need for more school choice options in Massachusetts, especially in our older, industrialized cities.
We are accepting applications for the 2013 Ruth and Lovett Peters Fellowship in Education Policy, which carries a stipend. The application deadline is November 30th, 2012. Please click the link for more details and help us spread the word about this great opportunity!
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