Statewide coalition calls for investment in Massachusetts communities, economy
BOSTON - January 15, 2013— Investment in local communities and the state’s economy is needed to ensure that all of our state’s residents share in the ongoing economic recovery and to build stronger communities in the future. Massachusetts residents and their communities would benefit from $2 billion in new revenue to improve schools, repair infrastructure and expand economic development with the passage of a revenue proposal announced today.
“Times are tough, but it’s time for us to be honest about the investments we need to ensure our collective economic security,” stated Scott Minter, a carpenter from Arlington. “Investments in things like education, workforce training, roads and bridges, transit systems and public safety all have a direct impact on job creation and economic growth in our cities and towns.”
The Campaign for Our Communities, a broad array of organizations from every corner of the Commonwealth, supports broad based tax increases to ensure that our state is a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Campaign believes that revenue reforms should hold down increases on middle-income families and seniors. The Campaign has come together around the belief that the best way to build a strong economy for future generations is by having a well-educated workforce, well-maintained roads, good public transit systems and safe neighborhoods.
“Massachusetts communities have been hit hard by the economic recession,” said Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan. “As a result, our local businesses and vital services have suffered. It’s time for us to reinvest in ourselves. We have an obligation to every family in the Commonwealth to be sure that the economic recovery is felt by everyone.”
“I am worried about the steady decline of health care, education, public safety and countless other vital public services,” said Vivian Moulden, a retired health care worker from Springfield. “We need to make investments today to build stronger communities in the years to come.”
The Campaign for Our Communities includes over 120 statewide organizations, representing thousands of Massachusetts citizens.
“I have seen the direct impact that high quality enrichment programs have on our children and their dreams for the future,” declared Jackie Lawrence, a teacher from Somerville. “To help all of our kids succeed, the state needs to invest in the schools and support services that families need to create a better path forward for themselves and their kids.”
To help all of our kids succeed, the state needs to invest in the schools and support services that families need to create a better path forward for themselves and their kids.” --Jackie Lawrence, Somerville.
“Lack of state revenue is constantly driving up the cost of attending a community college, making it more and more unaffordable. There is a real need for economic growth in Southeastern Massachusetts, and an educated workforce lays the foundation for economic success. We need to raise revenue in order to achieve this,” said Sapphire Castillo, a Bristol Community College student from New Bedford.
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