February 27, 2023 (Lynn, MA) — Governor Maura T. Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kimberley Driscoll unveiled a $742 million tax relief package that provides significant savings for families, renters, seniors, farmers, commuters and more. The proposal, announced at the Demakes Family YMCA in Lynn, also includes key reforms to the tax code that will bring Massachusetts in line with other states, making it a more attractive place to live, work and do business.

“Everywhere we go, the Lieutenant Governor and I hear from people who are struggling to get by as the cost of living continues to skyrocket past them – the family watching their grocery bill grow each week, the young mom who wants to return to her dream job but can’t afford child care, the recent college graduate who can’t afford both his rent and student loan payments, the seniors who want to keep the home where they raised their family,” said Governor Healey. “We’re filing this tax relief package for each of them. This proposal centers affordability, competitiveness and equity each step of the way, delivering relief to those who need it most and making reforms that will attract and retain more businesses and residents to our great state.”

“Massachusetts is a national leader in so many ways – in education, business, science and technology, democracy and civil rights. But we’re not leading when it comes to affordability,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “If people can’t afford to live and work here, we’re not going to be able to maintain our economic edge. Our tax relief package will put more money back in the pockets of those who need it most while also making key reforms in areas where we are an outlier among other states.”

Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North open the press conference.

“I want to thank the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for their commitment to children and families, education, and workforce development. That is exactly who we are and why we do our jobs,” said Walsh. “We are your thought partners, problem solvers, and solution-driven leaders working toward a common goal of making Massachusetts the best state in the country to raise and educate a family.

The YMCA of Metro North is one of 28 YMCA associations in the Commonwealth that collectively 500,000 children under 19 each year.

Learn more about the Governor’s proposal: https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-healey-and-lieutenant-governor-driscoll-unveil-750-million-tax-relief-package