Our Question

Shall the state Representative (or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the Congress and the President to:

1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;

2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;

3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and

4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.

Donate to the Campaign!

The Budget for All referendum campaign needs donations to pay for printing and supplies. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Please use the "Donate" link below to give online. Make checks out to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund and mail to 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; please write "Budget for All" on the memo line.

Rep. Jim McGovern Boosts B4A at Northampton Forum

Northampton, October 16 - A coalition of over a dozen Western Massachusetts organizations sponsored a forum on the Budget for All at Northampton High School last night, attended by about 125 people. Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton opened the forum.

Jeff Napolitano of AFSC moderated, reminding the guests that MLK condemned militarism and saying that Massachusetts wants social uplift, not spiritual doom.

Budget for All Update - October 15

October 15, 2012

Take the day off on Election Day!  In only three short weeks, one million Massachusetts voters will decide on the Budget for All Referendum, and many of them will not be clear about it before walking into the polling places.   We need volunteers to hand out palm cards or flyers at the polls to reach out to those voters as they walk in.  

Does your town have a plan for Election Day?   Find volunteers to cover the polls, particularly at the heaviest times, 7-9am and 4-8pm.   Post rally signs near the polls and hand out materials to voters.   For more info or to sign up: budget4allmass.org/election-day.
Inline image 2Have you seen the new flyer design?   This eye-catching flyer is great for reaching out to voters.  Contact Paul Shannon at AFSC (pshannon@afsc.org, 617-623-5288) and tell him how many copies you need and what town(s) they will be used in (so we can fill in the right question number).

Tell the Press in Your Town about the Budget for All

We are trying to get a news story or op ed into the local paper(s) and “patch” website in each community where our referendum will be on the ballot as well as any regional paper that covers that community.

Can you help?

Attached below is a model press release that you may or may not choose to draw on.

Election Day!

Election Day for the Budget for All will be November 6, 2012. Polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.


Sponsoring Organizations

See a list of our sponsoring organizations or become an organizational sponsor.

The following elected officials have expressed support for the Budget for All Referendum. We thank them for their support!

Sponsoring Organizations


Read Budget for All Press Releases and other information for the press

Press Coverage - Recent

Tax Day - Not Everyone Pays; Action Underscores Need for "Budget for All", Senior Action Leader, voice of Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Spring 2014 issue, page 9

Another Path: A November ballot question asks voters to weigh in on a progressive budget plan.

Valley Advocate - Thursday, September 13, 2012
By Maureen Turner
Jeff Napolitano has been closely tracking the federal budget debate, and what he sees is far from heartening.

On one side is the ideologically driven Republican proposal, shepherded by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, that would "roll back the clock many, many years in terms of just dismantling the safety net," said Napolitano, director of the American Friends Service Committee of Western Mass. "On the other side, we have the president and his supporters in his party that are in favor of a slightly less austere austerity program than the Republicans. The president and the Democrats, by and large, are not terribly serious about preserving the safety net or doing things like cutting the military or even proposing a serious jobs program."

But there is another proposal, one that's not getting much attention: the "Budget for All," put forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which promises to create jobs, address dire social and environmental needs and correct economic inequalities while cutting the deficit.

Attorney General Approves Hard Hitting Budget Referendum

Jobs, Social Security, Taxes, and a reduction in the Military Budget to appear on the November 6 ballot in Massachusetts

Boston, August 30 - The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has approved the placement of a non-binding public policy question with a strong “anti-austerity” message regarding the budget debate in Washington on the November 6 ballot in House and Senate districts across the Commonwealth.

My Budget For All Experience

by Ian Harrington, Wayland

I have had the honor of working this past month with several organizations to get an important referendum question placed on the ballot this November.



      1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
      ACT UP Boston (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
      Action for Peace Working Group/Occupy Boston
      AFGE/Local 3258/AFL-CIO
      Alliance for Peace and Justice
      Alliance to Develop Power
      American Friends Service Committee
      Amherst League of Women Voters
      ARISE for Social Justice
      Arlington Fund Our Communities/Reduce Military Spending 25%
      Arlington United for Justice with Peace
      Boston Coalition to Fund Our Communities/Cut Military Spending 25%
      Boston Workers Alliance
      Brookline PAX
      Cambridge United for Justice with Peace
      Can't be Neutral
      Chelsea Collaborative
      Chelsea Uniting Against the War
      Chinese Progressive Association
      Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
      Climate Action NOW!
      Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
      Democratic Socialists of America - Boston chapter
      Doctors for Global Health
      Dorchester People for Peace
      Eastern Massachusetts Coalition to Fund our Communities/ Reduce Military Spending 25% (aka: 25% Campaign)
      Essex Towers Tenants Association
      Fenway Community Development Corporation
      First Churches Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC)
      First Parish Church in Bridgewater, Social Justice Committee
      Fund Our Communities Not War/Massachusetts
      Grace Church Peace Fellowship
      Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
      Leverett Peace Commission
      Lexington Justice and Peace
      Madison Park Development Corporation
      Majority Agenda Project
      Mary Ellen McCormack Tenant Task Force
      Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
      Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants
      Massachusetts Communities Action Network
      Massachusetts Global Action
      Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
      Massachusetts Nurses Association
      Massachusetts Peace Action
      Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants
      Merrimack Valley People for Peace
      Metrowest Peace Action
      Milton for Peace
      MoveOn Boston Council
      MoveOn of Western Mass
      MoveOn South Shore Council
      National Priorities Project
      Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)
      New England United for Justice (NEU4J)
      Newton Dialogues on Peace & War
      North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice
      Northampton Committee to Stop Wars
      Northampton Democratic City Committee
      Occupy Amherst Schools in Solidarity
      Occupy Arlington
      Occupy Fall River
      Occupy Newton
      Occupy Winchester
      Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship
      Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party
      Population & Development Program, Hampshire College
      Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
      Quequechan Alliance
      Right to the City VOTE!
      SEIU Local 615
      Survivors Inc.
      UNITE HERE New England Joint Board
      United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
      United for Justice with Peace
      United National Antiwar Coalition
      Veterans for Peace - Smedley Butler Brigade
      Walpole Peace & Justice Group
      Ward 15 Democratic Committee, Boston
      Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice and the Environment
      Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War
      Western Mass American Friends Service Committee
      Western Mass Jobs With Justice
      Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - Boston Branch
      Worcester Unemployed Action Group

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