I would like to invite everyone to take a look at the results of this Boston Herald/UMass Lowell poll, conducted just last week!
As you know, Governor Deval Patrick has filed a revenue plan similar to the plan supported by the Campaign for our Communities, a coalition of over 125 organizations advocating for a substantial and progressive revenue package this year. The Governor’s plan raises almost $2 billion to invest in the things that will make our communities and our Commonwealth strong, like transportation and education. The Governor’s plan – like An Act to Invest in our Communities (HB 2687/SB 1313) filed by Rep. Jim O’Day and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz – includes an increase in the income tax and a simultaneous increase in the personal exemption to hold down increases on low- and middle-income families and seniors.
While some have claimed the Governor’s plan is unpopular, the Herald poll indicates otherwise. Almost half of the people polled support Governor Patrick’s plan, and more people support than oppose it!
The Herald poll demonstrates that voters in Massachusetts will support the kinds of investments we need to make our economy strong and to insure that Massachusetts remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.
I encourage everyone to communicate that message to you legislators TODAY! Feel free to join us for our Lobby Day on March 12th. You can find details here.