From The Edge Providence RI: http://www.edgeprovidence.com/index.php?ch=news&sc&sc2=news&sc3&id=119532
by Peter Cassels
Wednesday May 11, 2011
Excluding transgender citizens from its employment non-discrimination laws costs Massachusetts millions of dollars a year, according to a new study.
Trans workers suffering underemployment or loss of employment often result in lost wages and health insurance coverage and housing instability. A study the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law released on Wednesday, May 11, found that the Commonwealth experiences lost tax revenues and higher public assistance costs as a result.
Advocates will likely use the impact on the state’s budget as ammunition in pushing for passage of a trans rights bill that is now pending in the Massachusetts Legislature. “The added cost to Massachusetts for public health insurance coverage alone is $3 million annually,” Jody Herman, a public policy fellow at the Williams Institute and the report’s author, told EDGE.
She added the state also loses millions in income tax revenues.
Herman believes the study is the first of its kind in the United States.
She extrapolated the figures by examining input from Massachusetts respondents who participated in the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey that the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conducted.
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