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.
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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
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)
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
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]