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JP Progressives is continuing its 2021 Season of Activist Afternoons. We meet each week and will focus on issues prioritized by our community of activists. We will rotate issue focus based on urgency at the state and city level.
For the next two weeks, we are mobilizing in support of the Raise Up Mass campaign, which is going to be a massive campaign over the next year to make the necessary changes to the state constitution to eventually pass the Fair Share Amendment. This amendment will create an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. This will result in an additional $2 billion per year for schools, transportation infrastructure, and other essential infrastructure to ensure a progressive Massachusetts.
We are going to gather signatures in support of the Fair Share Amendment–we’re asking voters to become an official “Fair Share Amendment Voter” by filling out the pledge and vote YES on the ballot in 2022!
We’ll meet at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain at 4 pm before their summer concert series (https://eliotschool.org/eliot-school-schoolyard-concerts) to connect with voters and sign pledge cards. Then we’ll move to JP Licks and collect more signatures from our ice-cream loving voters!
More info on the Fair Share Amendment:
For years, the highest-income households in Massachusetts – those in the top 1 percent – have paid a smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than any other income group. They’ve also benefited from repeated federal tax cuts: 83 percent of the 2017 tax bill’s benefits went to the top 1 percent, and in 2020, the federal CARES Act included $135 billion in tax breaks for wealthy business owners. And while countless people and small businesses suffered during the COVID-19 crisis, wealthy executives and investors saw their incomes skyrocket. The 19 billionaires in Massachusetts saw their wealth increase by a total of $17 billion during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic alone.
The Fair Share Amendment is a proposal to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, creating an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. The new revenue, approximately $2 billion a year, would be spent on “quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.” To ensure that the amendment continues to apply only to the highest income taxpayers, who have the ability to pay more, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.
In June 2019, the Legislature advanced the Fair Share Amendment one step closer to the ballot with a Constitutional Convention vote of 147 in favor to 48 opposed. The Amendment needs to receive another 50% vote of the constitutional convention during the 2021/2022 legislative session in order to be placed on the November 2022 ballot. Independent polling conducted by MassINC in December 2020 found that 72 percent of MA voters support the Fair Share Amendment.
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