Congressman Jim McGovern Launches Canvass for Question 1 in Worcester

Oct 15, 2022

Congressman McGovern Joins Local Supporters of Fair Share Amendment Tax on Million-Dollar Earners to Invest in Transportation and Public Education

Worcester, Mass. – Congressman Jim McGovern today joined supporters of the Fair Share

Amendment at IBEW Local 96 in Worcester to kick off a door-to-door canvass for the proposed

state tax on annual incomes above $1 million which would raise billions of dollars that are

constitutionally dedicated to transportation and public education. The Fair Share Amendment is

Question 1 on the November statewide ballot.


“Question 1 is a real opportunity to improve roads, bridges, and schools throughout

Massachusetts for decades to come,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “By ensuring that

the rich pay their fair share in taxes, passing Question 1 will help us give K-12 students the

support they need to get back on track, repair crumbling infrastructure, and make our public

colleges more affordable. Question 1 is a win for the middle class, and a win for

Massachusetts.”


At Saturday’s canvass kick-off, Congressman McGovern and local campaign supporters spoke to

volunteers about their support for the Fair Share Amendment. Then, canvassers headed out to

speak to Worcester voters about how the Fair Share Amendment would help improve our

public schools and colleges and our roads, bridges, and public transportation infrastructure, all

by making the very rich pay their fair share.


Background on Question 1: the Fair Share Amendment

The Fair Share Amendment – Question 1 on the November ballot – will allow Massachusetts to

improve our transportation and public education systems by making the very rich pay their fair

share. Question 1 would create a 4 percent tax on the portion of a person’s annual income

above $1 million and constitutionally dedicate the funds to be spent on transportation and public education. Only people who earn more than $1 million annually will be impacted; 99% of

us won’t pay a penny more. And we’ll all benefit from better schools, roads, bridges, and public

transportation.


Thousands of educators, workers, small business owners, parents, faith leaders, municipal

officials, drivers and transit riders, and more than 350 organizations across the state are

working together to pass Question 1. Our campaign has been endorsed by 80 labor unions, 63

community organizing groups, 15 faith-based groups, more than 75 businesses, and more than

100 other social service and not-for-profit organizations focused on housing, education,

transportation, public health, and the environment. Learn more and get involved at

FairShareMA.com.


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The Fair Share for Massachusetts campaign is led by Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of

community organizations, faith-based groups, and labor unions committed to building an

economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates

broadly shared prosperity. Since our coalition came together in 2013, we have nearly doubled

wages for hundreds of thousands of working people by winning two increases in the state’s

minimum wage, won best-in-the-nation earned sick time and paid family and medical leave

benefits for workers and their families, and started to build an economy that works for all of us, not just those at the top.