Let the legislative leadership know you won't stand for a budget balanced with cuts to your community. [Sample Phone Script]
Speaker of the House Robert de Leo 617-722-2500
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Charlie Murphy 617-722-2990
Story by Kyle Cheney from SHNS is in various Wicked Local Papers, including quotes from Rep Peter Kocut. Chairman of the House Ethics Committee.
“For me personally, I think it’s important to look at all reasonable ways to raise revenues,” said Rep. Peter Kocot (D-Northampton), chairman of the House Ethics Committee.
Kocot said the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, one of his district’s largest employers, is facing huge layoffs thanks to a proposed $132 million cut to higher education in the House Ways and Means budget. That cut, as well as a $234 million local aid cut and a similar cut to health care benefits for low-income residents, could be avoided if the dividends tax is adopted, backers said.
Story by AP reporter Steve LeBlanc quoted ONE Mass' Yawu Miller
Yawu Miller, director of ONE Massachusetts, an umbrella group that includes unions and social justice organizations, said it's important not to abandon core social services, particularly in the aftermath of a recession.
“We can't cut our way out of this situation that we are in now,” he said. “We have to invest.”
(in photo below, Rep. Matt Patrick speaks to the press outside the House chamber. Looking on are ONE Mass network members Judy Meredith, Public Policy Institute; Valerie Bassett, Mass. Public Health Assoc.; Brian Rossman, Health Care for All and Max Page, Public Higher Education Network of Mass.)