Lobby for revenue on March 12!

Higher Ed to Advocate on March 5

MTA is urging members to join the Campaign for Our Communities Lobby Day on March 12. Tell legislators we need to increase state revenue in order to invest in public education, health, safety, transportation, environmental protection and other crucial services.

Retirees and others available during the morning should come to MTA offices at 20 Ashburton Place between 9 and 10 a.m. From there, they will go to Gardner Auditorium in the State House and then to their own representatives and senators. Teachers, Education Support Professionals and others available in the afternoon should come to MTA offices after school – between 3 and 4:30 pm, where they will be given information and directed to their legislators in the State House.

Many MTA higher education members will also be advocating for new revenue and weighing in on other issues during Massachusetts Public Higher Education Advocacy Day on March 5. For more information on that event, contact Joey Hansen at jhansen@massteacher.org and visit our Higher Ed Funding Toolkit.

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.

In addition to joining Lobby Day, MTA members are urged to talk to their families, friends and neighbors about this important issue. Visit our Revenue Campaign Activist Toolkit for more information and materials.

Revenue Campaign Toolkit

Higher Ed Funding Toolkit