Election day has come and gone, and as we celebrate the defeat of Ballot Questions 2 & 3 (protecting affordable housing and over $2.5 billion in state funding, respectively), and mourn the defeat of Ballot Question 1 (and try to figure out how to fund the jeopardized substance abuse programs in an already difficult budget climate), it is time that we start moving forward towards a more stable and adequate balance between our revenue policies and budget priorities.
This means taking a long, hard look at what we value in our state, analyzing how we got to our current budget situation and where our revenue policies are progressive or regressive, discovering what our short and long-term options are and how we talk about these issues – and about government in general – to our friends and neighbors.
We have choices to make as a state, and ONE Massachusetts wants to hear from everyone who worked against the three ballot questions this year – and all of our friends and neighbors who are working to build a more stable, healthy state.
Over the next couple of weeks, ONE Massachusetts will be organizing a debrief of this election season to examine lessons that will help us begin to build public support for progressive tax reform. If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please take five minutes to fill out this quick survey or contact email@example.com.