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  • Buses and Trains | Fair Share Amendment

    Buses and Trains Buses and Trains Our public transportation network is stuck in the last century, and many pieces of our public transportation infrastructure are in dire need of repair and replacement. ​ At the MBTA, decades of underinvestment has resulted in staffing shortages, operations cuts, delayed repairs, and shuttered stations. These issues don’t only make it difficult or impossible to travel conveniently and reliably; they’re also causing major safety concerns. No one should have to fear for their safety getting on a bus or train, yet old and outdated infrastructure is responsible for dangerous mishaps more and more often. Regional transit authorities around the state need more funding to provide vital evening and Sunday service. Additional regional bus routes would move commuters from train stations to their jobs, reduce congestion, and help boost local economies. And expanding rail service throughout the state can help link residents of cities and towns across the Commonwealth to better jobs and more opportunity. To help combat climate change over the coming decades, we need to dramatically improve and expand our public transportation systems across the state. Transit needs to be sustainable and green, with widespread electrification to move away from gas and other pollutants. Bringing our transit networks into the 21st century will require funding—and Question 1, the Fair Share Amendment, will provide it. Get the facts on what Question 1 means for racial and economic justice. READ THE RUNDOWN Help us make that Massachusetts a reality. JOIN US Join the team: VOLUNTEER FIND AN EVENT GET UPDATES

  • Get the Facts: Local Businesses

    Small and Local Businesses The Fair Share Amendment, Question 1 on the November ballot, is good for local businesses. Better preK-12 schools, colleges, transit, and roads help improve the economy for everyone. Local businesses in Massachusetts depend on a well-educated workforce, a reliable transportation system so employees and customers can get to their locations, and a strong economy. When the very rich pay their fair share, we can improve transportation and public education statewide—and that’s good for everyone. Only people who earn more than $1 million a year in personal income will be impacted by Question 1; 99% of us, including small businesses owners, won’t pay a penny more. And $2 billion a year, every year, in revenue for education and transportation will create better economic opportunities for Massachusetts residents and well-maintained transportation infrastructure. That will attract new businesses to Massachusetts and help existing businesses to grow and thrive. Leise Jones Photography, Boston Democracy Brewing, Boston Meet Cambridge Naturals, a proud endorser of Question 1! For Example: Donna Donna is the sole-owner of a construction firm with $3 million in annual revenue. The businesses’ costs in a typical year are $2.7 million, including payroll for 25 skilled employees trained at a local vocational school, rent, equipment, and other expenses. The company’s annual profit is $300,000 – which is passed through to Donna as the sole proprietor. She also receives a salary of $220,000 a year that – combined with the net income from the construction company – gives her an annual income of $520,000. Because she earns less than $1 million in personal income, Donna won’t pay any more under the Fair Share Amendment, but she and her business would benefit from the transportation infrastructure it will help fund, and the well-educated students it will help prepare for future jobs. And in the case of selling a business, you’d have to sell a business for much more than a million dollars to be affected by the Fair Share Amendment. When a business is sold, tax is paid only on the increase in the value of a business between when it was purchased and when it was sold—not its current valuation. Additionally, the seller can subtract many deductions from their taxes, including the cost of major investments like property or equipment. This all makes the likelihood that someone would be taxed more on a business sale of over $1 million extremely low. And if someone earns enough from selling a business to have more than a million dollars in annual income, they can afford to pay a little extra so that we’ll all benefit from a stronger economy. Have questions about the effects on local businesses of Question 1’s tax on annual personal income above $1 million? Read on. Question 1 adds a tax only on personal income over $1 million – business taxes would not increase. It doesn’t matter how much revenue or profit a business has: only business owners or shareholders who earn more than $1 million in personal income in a single year will pay more, regardless of their business’ revenues or profits. Less than 3 percent of businesses owners in Massachusetts have taxable personal income over $1 million that would be subject to the Fair Share Amendment. READ THE FAQ Get everything you need to know about exactly how to vote Yes on 1. HOW TO VOTE YES ON 1 Meet the businesses moving Massachusetts forward. 40 South St. Vintage, Boston Acorn Business Advisor, Grafton Adeline's Hair Salon, Everett All She Wrote Books, Somerville Almquist & Associates, Somerville Amalgamated Bank, Boston Amherst Books, Amherst Apex Noire, Boston Asamass Trading, Worcester Avest Home Repair and Painting, Cambridge Bedlam Book Cafe, Worcester Belltower Records, North Adams Boston Black News, Boston Bread + Roses Bookshop and Cafe, Hyannis Brewer Banner, New Bedford Brothers Kafe Kreyol, Everett Cafe Beirut, Jamaica Plain Cambridge Local First, Cambridge Cambridge Naturals, Cambridge Caravan Kitchen, Northampton Center Goods, Lexington Ceramica Paint Studio, Stoneham Chill Out First Class Limo Service Inc, Everett Chuck Talley Illustrations, New Bedford Coffee Liberation Front, Adams Democracy Brewing, Boston dNB Craft Kitchen, New Bedford Fairhaven Yacht, Fairhaven Fiore's Bakery, Jamaica Plain Flint Fruit and Variety, Fall River Foxtrot Farm LLC, Shelburne Greenfield Solar, Greenfield Hartley's Original Pork Pies, Fall River Henna Inspired, Malden Herrera's Mexican Grill, Boston Hope and Feathers Framing, Amherst House of Art and Craft, Boston Irving House at Harvard, Cambridge Katiejobelle’s Gifts, Randolph Katy Rogers Photography, Everett Kitchenwitch, Jamaica Plain KrafTea Kombucha, Worcester Kusiak Music, Arlington La Perle Restaurant, Everett Leise Jones Photography, Boston Mechanica, Newburyport Micky's Hair Design, Everett Montague Village Store, Montague Monumental Market, Jamaica Plain MVP Barber Shop, Jamaica Plain N.P. Hayes LLC, New Bedford Nadia Colburn: Align Your Story, Cambridge Neighborhood Produce, Somerville Nifty Nate's, Hyannis Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley Panda's Playcare Family Childcare, Boston Papercuts Bookshop, Boston Peace Train Tees, Pittsfield Pikliz International Kitchen, Somerville Porter Square Books, Cambridge Punk Rock Aerobics, Boston Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible, Boston Radio Concorde, Boston Red Sun Press, Boston Rosaline's Skin Care & Spa, Brookline Rosetta Languages, Malden Said & Done Tattoo, Jamaica Plain Sanctum Folklorica, New Bedford Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst Stand Up 8 Dance Studio, Malden Talk of the Town Barber, Fall River Teletronics Broadway, Everett The Island, Malden Tibari Travel, Everett Tipping Cow Ice Cream, Somerville TL6 The Gallery, New Bedford Tony's Barber Shop, Malden Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy, Malden Question 1 benefits local businesses. More than MA business owners have endorsed the Fair Share Amendment. 80 These 50 businesses join support from 63 community organizing groups ​26 housing and community development organizations 28 social service providers 15 faith-based groups 7 public health organizations 7 environmental and climate organizations 10 transportation advocacy organizations 18 education and youth advocacy organizations Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy Malden Want to volunteer? GET INVOLVED Pledge to vote YES on 1: PLEDGE

  • Economic and Racial Justice | Fair Share Amendment

    Economic and Racial Justice The Fair Share Amendment — Question 1 on the November ballot — would provide the resources necessary to invest in equally high-quality educations for all students, equitable transportation infrastructure that links residents to education and job opportunities, and public higher education that doesn’t bury students in debt. For years, Massachusetts’ communities of color have been harmed by inequitable and inadequate access to transportation and public education. Our city school districts, which educate the vast majority of students of color and low-income students, have been systematically underfunded for decades. Decades of housing discrimination and the legacy of redlining and ‘urban renewal’ policies have resulted in Black and brown residents having less access to high-quality public transportation options. Our public higher education system is increasingly out of reach to Black and brown students who don’t benefit from generational transfers of wealth. Question 1 will require the very rich to pay slightly more — just 4¢ more on each dollar after their first $1 million in a single year — and constitutionally guarantee that every dollar raised from the new tax goes to transportation and public education. Improving our schools, roads, and public transportation is a step forward for economic and racial justice — and Question 1 raises the money to make it a reality. Hear from our community. Get the facts on what Question 1 means for public higher education. READ THE RUNDOWN Help us make that Massachusetts a reality. JOIN US Join the team: VOLUNTEER FIND AN EVENT GET UPDATES

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