When legislators talk about talking about raising taxes they say it would be political suicide. I disagree. It is how it is framed.
Most of our legislators don’t have real opposition. There is no real GOP and incumbency is very powerful. I think that we need to encourage more or our legislators to stand up and vote for rational revenue. Remember when people were afraid to vote for equal marriage. People said they were afraid they would get voted out because voters would be so angry. Look what happened. Not one legislator who voted for equal marriage was voted out.
We need a MassEquality for Rational Revenue. Show people what the cuts look like, like we showed people what equal marriages looked like. At the same time we need to root out any waste we can. I thought it was interesting when one of the legislators at the fundraiser in Arlington said the voters don’t trust government to raise taxes because they don’t trust government to spend the money well. Show what taxes pay for. Show a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Show a day treatment program for adults with mental health issues. This is not waste on Beacon Hill