Senate Progressives are Fighting Hard: Send Your Encouragement!

[skip to calls] The politics around this topic are shifting and volatile. We’re updating as the landscape changes. For our original post, click hereFor broader context of the revenue debate, see: progressivemass.com/ourcommunities

On April 2, the Beacon Hill leadership unveiled the pre-conferenced Joint Ways and Means revenue proposal (“JWM“) (effectively, a counter-proposal to “Act to Invest in Our Communities” and the Governor’s) which is wholly inadequate to meet our needs (see our press release, here).

On April 8, the House passed the measure — but without a veto-proof margin. The Senate votes Saturday, where there’s a chance to stop a bad bill, right then and there. If it passes, it goes to the Governor, who’s promised a veto if it reaches him in its current form.

On April 9, to win additional support, the Senate President released an updated proposal calling for more revenue.  While the Governor praised the progress made, our friends at T for Mass have analyzed the new measure and found it lacking.

Between now and Saturday, our Senators will be under intense pressure from leadership to support the JWM bill. Some deal-sweetening, in an attempt to coax individual Senators on board, is expected. Our Senators need to hear that we’ll stand with them if they stand strong for real (ie, substantial) investment in our many needs now, and invest in our future economic strength.

Our script and key talking points are below. And, remember, your ability to get others to call too can make the difference. Get started!

DON’T KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS?
Find them here: progma.us/whoismylegislator

KNOW THEIR NAMES, but not their numbers? Look here:

2013-14 Senate Members

2013-14 House Members 

WANT TO SEND AN EMAIL?

SAMPLE TEXT

SUBJECT: Vote No on JWM Revenue plan; fight for real investment

Dear [LEGISLATOR],

I am deeply disappointed in the Joint Ways and Means transportation funding proposal. It raises far too little revenue, relies solely on a regressive tax and does not cover our state’s many pressing needs, like education and human services.

I strongly urge you to work with fellow progressive legislators and the Governor to find a way to raise substantial new revenue to invest in all of Massachusetts’s urgent needs.

I will be watching this debate closely, and I hope I can count on you to do the right thing. We need to raise substantial new revenue, in a progressive way, and invest in a broad range of services and infrastructure.

Please keep working hard to make sure we get to these goals.

Please contact me to let me know how you plan to vote.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME AND TOWN AND CONTACT]

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