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Raise Up Massachusetts Ballot Initiative

Community Resources — Public Schools, Public Higher Education and Transportation

  • This constitutional amendment would generate more than $1.5 billion every year for quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and repair of roads, bridges and public transportation.
  • The new revenues would come from a 4 percentage point tax on annual income over $1 million, leaving tax rates the same for 99 percent of taxpayers.

Opportunity — Building a Better Future

  • The best way to help working families and build a stronger economy for all of us is to make sure that we have good public schools for our children, affordable higher education and a public transportation system that lets people get to work and customers get to businesses.
  • State investment in these vital services has declined significantly over the past 15 years. New revenue is needed to provide the necessary support for our public schools, colleges and universities, rebuild crumbling roads and bridges, and to invest in reliable public transportation.

Fairness — Addressing Income Inequality

  • Massachusetts has one of the largest income inequality problems in the country, and it’s only getting worse.
  • Since the late 1970s, the incomes of multimillionaires have grown 10 times faster than the incomes of most families. Working families have seen weak income growth during this same period.
  • Our state’s highest-income residents — those who have been the biggest winners in the economy — pay the smallest share of their income in all state and local taxes combined.
  • It's time for these high-income residents to pay their fair share — something closer to the share paid by the rest of us.

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