Needham legislator responds… a little late!

More from Team Needham’s adventures in advocacy for progressive new revenue to invest in our Commonwealth’s many pressing needs!

Our Needham neighbor Laurie wrote a great advocacy letter to one of our State Senators (Needham is split between Sen. Rush’s and Sen. Ross’s districts):

Dear Senator Ross:

I have been teaching in Weston, MA, Public Schools for 33 years. Even in Weston, we are seeing continuous cuts to staffing and programs. But my concern is for all public school students in the Commonwealth.

PLEASE Please support new revenue for public education and other services vital to our communities and our economy. (HB 2687/SB 1313) After six years of very tight budgets, it is time to stop making cuts.

The fairest way to raise new revenue is by increasing the income tax rate while also increasing the personal exemption, as both the Campaign for Our Communities and Governor Deval Patrick have proposed.

As an educator, I know firsthand how much my students would benefit from stable and adequate funding. Our communities and our economy depend on quality public education, from preschool through graduate school.

Sincerely,

Laurie Katz

And, three days after the Leadership Just Said No to seriously addressing our state’s future, Sen. Ross responded with a less than informative email:

Hello Laurie,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding Senate Bill 1313 and House Bill 2687, An Act to Invest in our communities, sponsored by Senator Chang-Diaz and Representative O’Day, respectively. I appreciate learning of your support for this proposed legislation.

I understand that this legislation seeks to increase revenue by instituting certain tax changes. Particularly during these difficult fiscal times, I understand the importance of supporting our communities. S1313 and H2687 are currently before the Joint Committee on Revenue and were recently addressed at a public hearing. While I am not a member of this committee, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should this legislation come before the Senate during this Legislative Session.

As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Ross*
State Senator

Despite these less than encouraging or inspiring responses, we know the only thing that we can do is continue to advocate — and bring others along with us!

Join Team Needham in making calls to demand real investment in Massachusetts!

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