Our political leaders are now engaged in a full blown discussion about funding the capital expenditures needed to repair and reform our public transportation systems, repair our roads and bridges, and deal with the debts associated with the “big dig.” A complex complicated set of problems with the solution discussion boiling down to: Tolls or Taxes or a little bit of both?
Meanwhile, 9C cuts to the operations budget that keeps our residents (and our economy!) healthy and strong are already occurring due to our state's budget gap, and more cuts are likely to be imposed during the FY10 budget debate. Now is the time that we must begin to decide what we want and need from our government, and how we are going to pay for it. No solution has yet been determined by our political leaders – at least not in pubic – but we all know the choice we face. More cuts or more revenues.
But which cuts can be absorbed by the programs we care about? Which programs can be eliminated entirely? Which new revenue sources are the fairest, the most stable and the easiest to administer? How do we make sure all tax revenues are spent wisely and well? Should some tax revenues be directed at specific programs?
Our mission at ONE Massachusetts is to educate the public about our revenue options through a series of budget and tax policy literacy
training programs – giving the people of our state the information and the confidence they need to engage their political leaders – telling them what they think about current budget and tax policy, and what they will support in the future. For information on hosting a training at your organization, or in your community, please contact us!
Then join us on Wednesday, December 17th at 4:30pm in the 9th floor conference room at 30 Winter Street to join in our conversation with Jim Braude. Following Jim's presentation and some questions and answers, Noah Berger from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center will update us on the current fiscal situation in Massachusetts.
The tuition for the session is $20 and includes a light supper and take-home materials.
Please contact Carmen Arce-Bowen at (617) 275-2833 or carmen [at ] realclout.org to RSVP for this event, or with any questions!