If Massachusetts is serious about helping working families and building a stronger economy, we must invest in quality public schools, affordable higher education, and a transportation system that works.
Unions are at it again.
No, not the thugs of Teamsters Local 25, though they’re at it too in their own way.
I mean the rest of us. The progressive ones. The unions that believe in the tradition that gave Americans the 40 hour work week. The unions that fought for increases in the minimum wage. We’re fighting against income inequality, and we’re fighting for the revenue for our families, our fellow citizens, and ourselves. And we’re doing the way we’ve always done it, as part of coalition of like-minded groups. Raise Up Massachusetts is the name of the coalition, and we’re a fighting back against the redistribution of wealth to the wealthy. We’re the folks who brought you the paid sick leave ballot initiative.
The many good people serving in our state legislature are not enough. We need to follow Franklin Roosevelt’s famous, if apocryphal, dictum: “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” I don’t know if Bob DeLeo wants to do it, but we’re going to hold his feet to the fire with the Millionaire’s Tax ballot question.
The ballot measure has been certified, and we’re actively collecting the 65,000 signatures needed to place the question on the
2016 2018 [-ed.] ballot. When implemented, the tax will raise more than a billion dollars that would be dedicated to quality public education, including public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation. The tax is simple: annual taxable income $1,000,000 would be taxed at additional rate of 4%.
(For the record, I’m not a leader in the Raise Up coalition. I’m just a politically-active MTA member (who is gathering signatures for the petition), the chairman of a select board, and an active BMG member. I was inspired to write this post based on the frustrations of my BMG friend Somerville Tom).