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.
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Advocates presented testimony in favor of the Budget for All resolution at a hearing on October 28, 2015 in the Massachusetts State House. Above, community organizer and former state representative Mel King leads off the presentation by saying: Justice for All means Opportunity for All (2:58).
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!
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 Congressional Progressive Caucus introuced The People’s Budget: A Raise for America on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.
While working families face smaller paychecks, corporations and the wealthy are amassing record wealth. American families know the system is rigged in favor of the corporations. The People’s Budget makes the economy work for everyone. It creates high quality jobs and reduces family expenses, restoring the buying power of working Americans to drive a full economic recovery.
Video highlights of the Budget for All Massachusetts annual forum from April 11, 2015 at Old South Church, Boston. The event, in support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus' People's Budget, provided a community platform on how taxpayers' money should be spent. With remarks by Mel King, Grace Ross, Jimmy Tingle, Barbara Madeloni, Jamie Eldridge, Jill Stein, and 26 other speakers representing a wide range of Massachusetts labor, community, faith, and political leaders. Videography by Werner Grundl. 21 minutes.
On a brisk Friday morning, 3/20/15, the “Budget for All Coalition”, Dorchester People for Peace representing 80 organizations from community, labor, and peace groups leafleted commuters and rallied at the Ashmont, Dorchester MBTA Station.
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$820 billion towards America's crumbling infrastructure including transportation
strengthen middle and working classes
preserve and protect the social safety net
close corporate tax loopholes and have the very wealthy pay their fair share
combat community-devastating and job-killing climate change with a carbon tax and transportation improvements
cut waste from the base military budget and axe the Pentagon’s “Overseas Contingency Operations” slush fund
Only three of our nine Massachusetts representatives have supported this budget in the past. Let’s increase support for the People's Budget here in Massachusetts! Contact your Representative TODAY and ask him or her to vote for the People’s Budget!!!