Legislation is filed to revive Fair Share Amendment

Legislation is filed to revive Fair Share Amendment

Legislation backed by the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition — of which the Massachusetts Teachers Association is a key member — was filed in the state Senate and House of Representatives today to revive the Fair Share Amendment.

The legislation was filed by Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) in the Senate and by Representative James O’Day (D-West Boylston) in the House.

The coalition released the following statement:

“Last year, a few wealthy corporate executives and their lobbyists brought a lawsuit that blocked the right of Massachusetts voters to amend our state’s Constitution. As we said at the time, the court’s narrow ruling does not change the fact that Massachusetts desperately needs major investments in our public schools and colleges, our roads and bridges, and our public transportation systems. Today, our campaign to invest in those significant needs with the Fair Share Amendment continues.

“Our wealthiest residents can clearly afford to pay a little more to fund important investments in our communities, and Raise Up Massachusetts has voted to support the filing of the Fair Share Amendment as a legislative constitutional amendment.

“We thank Senator Lewis and Representative O’Day for their leadership in filing the amendment. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to put the legislative Fair Share Amendment on the ballot, and to allow the voters of Massachusetts to exercise their right to vote on this critically important policy.”

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