MTA Legislative Agenda

In December 2016, the Board of Directors approved a package of 2017-2018 legislative priorities that articulate the MTA’s long-term vision.

These bills were developed through a process that included extensive input from MTA members. Each focuses on wide-ranging issues that together articulate our shared commitment to public education, fairness for all workers in our communities, and a secure retirement for public-sector employees.

Legislation for the Raise Up constitutional amendment did not need to be re-filed in the current session. The amendment, another key item in MTA’s legislative agenda, would dedicate approximately $2 billion annually to public education and transportation. Revenue would be raised by adding a 4 percentage point tax on the portion of a filer’s annual income over of $1 million.

  • An Act strengthening and investing in our educators, students and communities
    This bill helps students in all public schools in Massachusetts by seeking to provide the schools our communities deserve. It makes crucial updates to the state education funding formula, mandates a moratorium on and replacement of the state’s high-stakes testing regime, promotes community collaboration in improving schools, and provides services critical to student academic and social-emotional development, such as recess for grade-schoolers and appropriate bilingual education services for non-native speakers.

    Lead Sponsor: Senator Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury), with Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) the leading House co-sponsor.
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  • An Act investing in Public Higher Education
    This bill makes critically needed investments in public higher education. It creates a Finish Line Grant to cover the cost of one year of tuition and fees for Massachusetts residents attending a public institution of higher education. Importantly, it also provides adjunct faculty with a path to tenure, access to health and pension benefits and pay parity with full-time faculty.

    Lead Sponsors: Representative Paul Mark (D-Peru) and Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell)
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  • An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits
    This bill delivers protections to retired public employees. It would provide a modest increase in the cost-of-living adjustment and provide protections from increasing health costs.

    Lead Sponsor: Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole)
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  • An Act establishing a family and medical leave insurance program
    This bill creates a paid family and medical leave program for Massachusetts residents.

    Lead Sponsors: Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)
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  • An Act to improve the Commonwealth’s economy with a strong minimum wage and a strong tipped minimum wage
    This bill increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 and increases the tipped minimum wage over eight years.

    Lead Sponsors: Representative Daniel Donahue (D-Worcester) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington)
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