Massachusetts Millionaire's Tax Funds Free K-12 School Lunches

A 'millionaire's tax' passed in Massachusetts last year is already paying off — for K-12 public school students.

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Kids in Massachusetts public schools will continue to receive free school lunches primarily thanks to a “millionaires tax.” Public school students in grades K-12 have benefitted from free meals since the pandemic. However, the FY24 budget signed in early August by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey containing $224 million for education programs will make those free meals permanent. 

The proceeds for the meals come from about a billion dollars in new revenue generated by an extra 4% income tax on certain high earners in the Bay State. Some funds from the so-called “millionaire’s tax” passed last year, will also support transportation initiatives in Massachusetts.

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.