EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 3%: The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has declined from 7.5% to 3% since 1993. 403,700 New Jobs: 403,700 new jobs have been created in Massachusetts since 1993 -- an average of 62,914 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 81,775 jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 370,800 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 370,800 new private sector jobs have been created-an average of 57,787 jobs per year, compared to an average loss of 74,200 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration. 37,300 New Construction Jobs: 37,300 construction jobs have been created in Massachusetts since 1993 -- an average of 5,813 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 14,175 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration. 91,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 91,000 Massachusetts workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage-from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 580,000 families in Massachusetts. Business Failures Down 14.5%: Business failures have dropped 14.5% per year since 1993, after increasing nearly 53% per year during the previous four years [Oct. 98 data]. Home Sales Up 10.9%: Existing home sales in Massachusetts have increased by 10.9% per year since 1993, after decreasing by 4.6% each year during the previous four years. Home Building Up 2.5%: Home building has increased by an average of 2.5% per year since 1993, after falling an average of 14.3% per year during the previous administration. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Illinois this year. 2.3% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: Massachusetts has seen a 2.3% average growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993. In contrast total bank loans and leases fell an average of 11.5% per year during the previous administration. 5.3% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, Massachusetts has experienced a 5.3% annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans and leases fell an annual average of 10.4% during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Nearly 12,000 Children in Head Start: Nearly 12,000 Massachusetts children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Massachusetts will receive $78.2 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $28.6 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Massachusetts' Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Massachusetts receives $22.4 million in 1999 to hire about 577 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Massachusetts would receive $26 million in FY00 to support a total of 698 teachers. $9.1 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Massachusetts receives $9.1 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. $8.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Massachusetts receives $8.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Massachusetts' Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Massachusetts received $29 million in E-rate discounts. $156.3 Million for Students Most in Need: Massachusetts receives $156.3 million in Title I Grants (to Local Education Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. This is an increase of $10.6 million over FY98 funding. 75,800 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Massachusetts will receive $142.1 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 75,800 Massachusetts students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Massachusetts will receive $45.9 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Massachusetts students work their way through college. Over 4,000 Have Served in Massachusetts through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 4,156 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Massachusetts's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 161,000 students in Massachusetts will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 198,000 students in Massachusetts will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Massachusetts' Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Massachusetts will receive $14.6 million in 1999 to help 8,660 of Massachusetts' dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Crime Falls 25% in Massachusetts: In 1992, serious crime in Massachusetts has fallen 25%. Violent crime and property crime have also declined 16% and 27% respectively. In Boston, serious crime, as indicated by the crime index, has fallen 33%, in addition to a 41% drop in murder and 43% decline in robbery. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports] Juvenile Arrests Down in Massachusetts: Massachusetts's juvenile murder arrests have decreased 50% between 1992 and 1997. [FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 1992 and 1997] 2,880 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 2,880 new police officers to date in communities across Massachusetts. [through 7/99] Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Massachusetts, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Framingham, Haverhill and Franklin County. The Administration had previously awarded grants to a number of Massachusetts communities including: Worcester, Lawrence, Lynn, Salem, Boston and Farmington. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. Nearly $5 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Massachusetts received $4.7 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. Over $1.3 Million in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Massachusetts received $1.3 million in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse, an additional $225,500 increase over FY97. $8.5 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Massachusetts' Schools: Massachusetts receives approximately $8.5 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
180,452 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 180,452 fewer people on welfare in Massachusetts now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 54% decrease. [through 3/99] Child Support Collections Up 50%: Child support collections have increased by $93 million-or 20% -- in Massachusetts since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Massachusetts: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 17% in Massachusetts. $39.0 Million for Massachusetts Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, Massachusetts received $20.7 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $10.3 million in funding), helping Massachusetts welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $8.0 million in competitive grants were awarded to Massachusetts localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Statewide, Massachusetts has received $1.4 million to fund innovative transit projects. In addition to this funding, Boston, Lawrence, Haverhill, Springfield, and Worcester have received a total of $2.55 million for these projects.
INVESTING IN MASSACHUSETTS' HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Massachusetts the Balanced Budget provided $43 million in 1998. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health coverage to 104,700 children in Massachusetts. Helping Over 118,000 Massachusetts Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Massachusetts received $56.5 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 118,500 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 10,000 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC,by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Massachusetts in 1997, 98% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 94% received the vaccine for polio; 95% received the vaccine for measles, and 96% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $109.2 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Massachusetts communities received $109.2 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 33% in Massachusetts: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 33% in Massachusetts by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 50,600 of Massachusetts's youth will be kept from smoking and 16,200 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 3,300,000 Americans in Massachusetts Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Massachusetts enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 3,300,000 people in Massachusetts cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 1,600,000 Massachusetts women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
$29.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY99], thanks to President Clinton, Massachusetts will receive $28.7 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems. In addition, Massachusetts will receive $1 million in Public Water Supply Supervision grants to help monitor drinking water quality and enforce health standards. Four Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed four Superfund toxic waste clean-up in Massachusetts. The sites are located in Dartmouth, Lanesboro, Palmer, and Tyngsborough [through 6/99]. This is twice as many sites than were in cleaned up in Massachusetts under the previous two administrations combined. Revitalizing Brownfields in Massachusetts: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to communities in Massachusetts-Chicopee, Greenfield, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester, Boston, Westfield, Somerville, New Bedford, Brockton, Chelsea, Colrain, Mansfield, Methuen, Pioneer Valley, Springfield, Lynn, and Malden, Medford, and Everett-for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. In addition, the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission, encompassing 22 communities in north-central Massachusetts, and the State of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will also receive Brownfields grants. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Massachusetts' Communities: In December 1994, Boston, Lowell, and Springfield were designated Enterprise Communities, and were each awarded $3 million to create jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for its residents. Boston was later declared an Enhanced Enterprise Community, and was awarded an additional $25 million. In 1999, Boston was named a New Urban Empowerment Zone. Expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Will Help Develop 4,900 To 5,800 New Affordable Housing Units in Massachusetts Over the Next 5 Years: Last year, the President and Vice President pushed for a 40-percent expansion in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. This year, the President and Vice President will try again to enact tax incentives to develop affordable housing. In Massachusetts alone, this proposal would mean an additional 4,900 - 5,800 quality rental housing units for low-income American families during the next five years. Helping Rural Massachusetts Families: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $515 million in Massachusetts for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$120.6 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Massachusetts has received $120.6 million in disaster relief. This includes $13.4 million due to damages caused by heavy rains and flooding in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $4.7 Billion in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Massachusetts has received over $4.7 billion in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $1.43 million for scenic byways. [through FY98] Over $118 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY98 Massachusetts received over $118 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $1.1 Billion in Transit Funds: Since 1993, Massachusetts has received over $1.1 billion in Federal Transit Funding. On October 21, 1997, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority ("T" or "MTA") celebrated their One Hundredth Anniversary. FTA memorabilia was placed in a time capsule which will be opened in the year 2097. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 132 lives and over $43 million of property in Massachusetts.
Last Updated August 1999