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REVENUE CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT

 

Invest in Massachusetts

We need to increase state revenues in order to protect public education, public health, public safety, the environment and a wide range of crucial services. The goal is to make sure our Commonwealth continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. We need excellent public schools, colleges and universities for our students, affordable health care for all and a strong economy that provides good jobs.

An Act to Invest in Our Communities (H.B. 2687 and S.B. 1313) would raise an estimated $2 billion in new tax revenue when fully phased in, primarily from the wealthiest taxpayers. It sets out a fair tax system that will provide the revenue needed to ensure a bright future for our Commonwealth. Governor Deval Patrick has filed his own revenue bill that raises approximately the same amount of money.

Click here for more on the bill and coverage of the March 12 Campaign for Our Communities lobby day attended by hundreds of activists from all over Massachusetts.

All MTA members are encouraged to talk to their families, friends and neighbors about this crucial issue.

If you support a great public education system, well-maintained roads and bridges, public transportation and safe neighborhoods, please take a moment right now to sign the campaign’s petition.

You can do so by paying a quick visit to: http://ourcommunities.org/petition.html

Endorse An Act to Invest in Our Communities
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Quick Links 

Why Do We Need More Revenue?

Read About the Bill

MTA's Fact Sheet on the Need to Raise Revenues  

Letter from Education Leaders

Business Leaders Support Raising Revenues for Governor's Early Ed Plan

Sign up for email updates at ourcommunities.org website

Deeper Dive 

An Act to Invest in Our Communities: Senate Bill 1313

From the Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center:

Understanding Our Tax System: A Primer for Active Citizens

Where Does the Taxachusetts Label Come From?

Examining Tax Fairness

The Income Tax

Tax Cuts That Continue to Haunt Massachusetts (Boston Globe, February 12, 2013)

Other Sources:

Guide to Fair State and Local Taxes, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Who Pays?, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Tax Flight is a Myth, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

 

MTA in Action

Statewide coalition calls for investment in Massachusetts communities, economy (1/15/13)

Jean Fay testifies before House committee on education funding (2/23/12)

MTA testifies at Statehouse hearing  (5/5/12)

[Photos from the hearing.]

Rally for a Better Commonwealth draws activists from around the state 

[MTA ESP of the Year Jean Fay speaks at the rally]