That’s the revenue Holyoke lost in local aid since 2000. And the shortfall is much worse in cities like Boston (-60%), Springfield (-40%), and Lawrence (-44%).
And during this time, libraries were shuttered, class sizes rose, fire stations closed and fewer police were keeping our communities safe.
Think it doesn’t impact our economy? Check out this story about Fall River
Massachusetts has lost a total of $3 billion in revenues and fallen to 25 out of 50 states in taxes – below the median and only barely above (Mississippi and Kentucky) in its ability to invest – in education, infrastructure, transportation – all drivers of equitable economic growth.
Next week progressive champions Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Jim O’Day will file a bill – an Act to Invest in our Communities – legislation designed to raise nearly $1.5 billion dollars in additional revenue for our cities and towns – nearly half from an increase in investment taxes which mostly impacts the top 1%. And Progressive Mass will be standing with them.
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