Massachusetts state budget
1. Read Who Pays? (www.itep.org/state_reports/whopays.php). Are state and local government taxes mostly regressive, progressive or neutral? What are the most regressive and progressive states? What are the most regressive and progressive state and local taxes? Why are some taxes progressive and others regressive? How does Massachusetts stack up compared to other states?
2. How large is the Massachusetts state budget? What are the major categories of expenditure? How does Massachusetts compare to other states (choose a couple of red and blue states) in terms of per-capita spending and spending on different programs?