Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Teachers Union Leaders Launch Canvass for Question 1 in Dorchester

Oct 16, 2022

Congresswoman Pressley Joins Supporters of Fair Share Amendment Tax on Million-Dollar Earners to Invest in Transportation and Public Education

BOSTON – Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley today joined supporters of the Fair Share

Amendment at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester 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.


“We know what is possible when we invest in our communities,” said Congresswoman

Pressley. “Question 1 will generate $2 billion a year in vital revenue to make our education and

transportation systems more equitable, accessible, and affordable for everyone. How we

choose to invest our resources is a reflection of our values, and I'm proud to stand with

the organizers, advocates, and leaders committed to making good schools, affordable colleges,

safe roads, and reliable public transportation a reality for every resident of Massachusetts.”


At Sunday’s canvass kick-off, Congresswoman Pressley and campaign supporters, including NEA

President Becky Pringle, Massachusetts Teachers Association President Max Page, Boston

Teachers Union President Jessica Tang, and BPS student Khasim Saeed spoke to volunteers

about their support for the Fair Share Amendment and the difference it would make for schools

in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.


“We all agree that every student deserves a well-resourced public school, where their potential

isn’t limited by strained budgets or a shortage of teachers,” said NEA President Becky Pringle.

“But while working Bay Staters struggle to make ends meet, the rich are getting richer and

multimillionaires aren’t paying their fair share to ensure Massachusetts students realize their

dreams. I enthusiastically support ‘Yes on Question 1,’ because it’s time for Massachusetts

multimillionaires to support the future of this commonwealth.”


Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) President Max Page said educators are the most

trusted and respected people in their communities on education issues.


“Passing the Fair Share Amendment is the focus of intensifying MTA grassroots efforts, which

draws support from our 115,000 members across the state,” said Page. “It’s a visionary and

urgent proposal and educators are continuing to have those crucial one-on-one conversations

with their colleagues, neighbors, friends and family about how a YES vote will mean a reliable

source of funds for our public schools, colleges, and transportation systems.”


“When Question 1 passes, we can make Massachusetts’s tax system fairer, create long-term

investments that build our communities, and ensure broad prosperity for all,” added Page. “It’s

a win-win.”


“BTU is proud to endorse the Fair Share Amendment campaign because our students and

communities deserve to access the high-quality public education and safe, reliable public

transportation that this tax will fund,” said Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang.

“Investments in our public schools and transportation are imperative to the Commonwealth’s

ability to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a fair share tax will help to give our

students the social-emotional supports, modern school buildings, and smaller class sizes they

need.”


“Without proper funding we can’t have new and safe buildings for students to thrive in, or

modern textbooks with proper knowledge and information, or reliable transportation to get to

school,” said Khasim Saeed, a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy. “By voting

YES on Question 1, not only are you helping yourself but you’re also helping the future leaders

of this country, with new textbooks, modernized buildings for all schools, and quicker and

better transportation for all of the people of this city.”


Melanie Allen, a Learning Specialist at the Rafael Hernández Dual Language K-8 School in

Roxbury, described the many additional personnel her school has been able to hire using

federal pandemic relief funds.


“When you've been hustling as long as we have, this feels like a luxury. But it' not. It's the

basics of what all kids need, but only some kids actually get," said Allen. "When those federal

funds run out in two years, then what? Back to triage? No! We need to pass Question 1. No

more one-time funding that runs out. No more running out on our kids. No more running out

on our future."


Then, canvassers headed out to speak to Boston 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.