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Join the Petition Campaign for a Massachusetts Fair Share Tax!
Budget for All together with the rest of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition is working to
Fund Critical needs in Education and Transportation by putting a Fair Share Millionaire’s Tax on the Ballot!
Budget for All is joining close to 100 other community organizations engaged in the struggle for economic and social justice. Please help us as part of Raise Up Massachusetts put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to tax those who earn over $1 million a year — the money to be used to support critical Education and Transportation needs in the Commonwealth!
Budget for All will work through the Massachusetts Peace Action team supporting Raise Up Massachusetts!
Why a Fair Share Tax?
Using their great wealth and power, the 1% of our commonwealth have managed to put protection in the constitution against being asked to contribute their fair share of revenue to meet the needs of the people. The Raise Up Massachusetts petition campaign is the first step in a three year effort to change the constitution to allow a fair share tax of 4% to be applied on an individual’s annual income above the first $1 million to be applied to critical education and transportation needs. The average resident pays 9.4% of our annual income in state and local taxes, but the wealthiest 1% pay only 6.5% of their annual income in state and local taxes (source: MassBudget) After we win the Fair Share Tax, the wealthiest will still be paying less than the average percentage, but the gap will be narrowed. The Fair Share Tax will only affect a small number of voters but will raise over a billion dollars in revenue.
The Attorney General approved the petition language for the Fair Share Tax earlier this week. Petitions went to the printer on Sept. 4. The first step in winning the Fair Share Tax will be collecting 64,750 certified signatures on petitions between now and mid November. After that, we will have to win at least 50 votes in the state legislature in two constitutional convention sessions, one next spring and the other after the 2016 election. If these preliminaries are met, the Fair Share Tax will be on the ballot in 2018. It is not an easy road, but the Raise Up Coalition has already overcome enormous odds to win the highest state Minimum Wage in the country and to win paid sick days for Massachusetts workers.
Come to our Fair Share Tax Launch Event, Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am-1pm, Cambridge Public Library, Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl Street, 2d floor meeting room. Learn more about the Fair Share Tax, receive petitions, and begin campaigning for new revenues for education and transportation. Click here to volunteer for one or more shifts collecting signatures at polling sites or to get signatures in your community as part of the Budget for All/ Peace Action team.