The campaign to pass the Fair Share Amendment this November is officially underway. We’re talking to voters and communities across Massachusetts about what $2 billion a year, every year, will do for our schools from pre-K to higher education; our roads from Pittsfield to Amesbury; and our trains and buses all over the commonwealth. We need a roadmap to recover from COVID-19, and the Fair Share Amendment is part of how we get there.
Now, we’re sharing your stories about what the Fair Share Amendment will mean for you, your family, and your community. We’re fighting for fair taxes that will fund affordable, high-quality schools, safe roads and bridges, and reliable transportation options. We’re building a movement for a fair Massachusetts.
After months of grassroots calls for action, in June 2019, the state legislature voted to advance the Fair Share Amendment one step closer to the ballot in a constitutional convention.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made the need for investments in our schools and roads even clearer, but as working people and small businesses struggled, the ultra-rich just got richer. In June 2021, the Constitutional Convention voted 159-41 to place the Fair Share Amendment on the November 2022 statewide ballot.
Since 2013, Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of community organizations, faith-based groups, and labor unions, has fought for policies that support working families, including earned sick time and a livable minimum wage.
In 2015, the Fair Share Amendment began as a proposal to find a sustainable way of improving Massachusetts’ roads, bridges, schools, colleges, trains, and buses — the education and transportation systems across the Commonwealth that have been underfunded and underserved for too long.
The permanent, sustainable funding source to make these investments? Having the very rich — individuals who make over $1,000,000 in a single year — pay their fair share in state taxes. When multi-millionaires pay just 4% more on every dollar they earn annually after their first million, we’ll raise $2 billion a year, every year, to invest in transportation and education.
The coalition began to focus its energy on getting the Fair Share Amendment on the statewide ballot as a constitutional amendment. Amending the state constitution is necessary to ensure that only the very rich pay more, and it guarantees that the money raised from the tax on the ultra-rich will go toward transportation and education—the systems we need to thrive.
Raise Up Massachusetts and partners across the commonwealth collected 150,000 signatures from Massachusetts voters in support of the Fair Share Amendment, then overwhelmingly passed two state constitutional conventions in favor of Fair Share (as required to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot).
Then a corporate-backed lawsuit, led by corporate lobbying interests, led to the original Fair Share Amendment being removed from the ballot on a procedural technicality.
But that wasn’t anywhere close to the end of the story. Raise Up was still determined to make our tax system fairer and invest in shared prosperity across Massachusetts, so the coalition immediately began advocating for a legislative version of the Fair Share Amendment.
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